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William Tartt (1832-1912)
1912 Obituary 
WILLIAM TARTT was born at Trowbridge on 29th February 1832.
He served his apprenticeship at the Coalbrookdale Iron Co.'s Works, and on its completion he was employed for a time in the locomotive department of the London and North Western Railway at Wolverton and Crewe.
He next was engaged in the works of Messrs. J. and G. Rennie, marine engineers, of London, until 1864 when he was appointed superintending engineer of the Euphrates and Tigris Steam Navigation Co. In that capacity he had complete charge of all the company's steamers and engineering works on those rivers, his headquarters being at Bussora and Bagdad.
In 1883 he resigned his position and returned to this country, taking up his residence at South Godstone, Surrey. He took a great interest in local affairs, and for 25 years was a member of the Godstone Rural District Council and Board of Guardians, of which latter body he was chairman for some years.
His death took place suddenly at his residence, on 9th August 1912, in his eighty-first year.
He became a Member of this Institution in 1879.