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William Onyon

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William Onyon (c1863-1953)

1953 Obituary [1]

As we go to press we learn with regret of the death of Engineer-Captain William Onyon, R.N. (Ret.), which occurred on Sunday last, July 19th, at Plymstock, Devon.

Engineer-Captain Onyon, who had just passed his ninety-first birthday, was educated at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, and began his naval career in 1885.

His appointments included that of Engineer-Commander in H.M.S. "Dreadnought."

After his retirement from the Navy he was for some years manager of the Dalmuir works of William Beardmore and Co., Ltd., and was subsequently the London representative of Vickers-Armstrongs, Ltd., Barrow.

Captain Onyon was a past-president of the Institute of Marine Engineers, was a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and had served on the council of the Institution of Naval Architects.

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