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William Sansome Dorman

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William Sansome Dorman (1854-1905)

1905 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM SANSOME DORMAN was born at Leicester on 18th May 1854, and received his early education at Chance's Schools, Smethwick, Birmingham.

At the age of sixteen he commenced an apprenticeship in the works of the Oldbury Railway Carriage and Wagon Co., and on its termination became chief draughtsman at the Birmingham Railway Carriage Works, Handsworth, which post he held until 1893.

In the early part of that year he was appointed Works Manager of the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Co., Gloucester.

Eight years later he became general manager to Messrs. G. R. Turner and Co., Langley Mill, Derbyshire, and under his guidance the firm was brought up to a high state of efficiency, considerable additions to the buildings and machinery being made.

On the death of Mr. T. N. Turner in 1904, the firm was turned into a company, and Mr. Dorman was appointed managing director.

This position ho held until his death, which took place at Gloucester on the 19th October 1905, at the age of fifty-one.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1896.

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