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Robert Capel Wade (c1906-1952) of BICC


1952 Obituary [1]

We regret to record the death, on December 20th last, of Mr. Robert Capel Wade, of British Insulated Callender's Construction Company, Ltd.

Mr. Wade, who was forty-six, was the company's engineer in charge of the contract for the installation of the overhead equipment on the Manchester-Sheffield railway electrification scheme.

He was educated at Rossall School and Birmingham University, and, subsequently, joined the former B.T. Cables Company in ,July, 1928, as an engineer in the contract Department.

Between 1928 and 1937, Mr. Wade had a very varied experience on cable and overhead line contracts and, from 1937 to 1939. was assistant engineer in Warsaw for the electrification of the Polish State Railways.

On his return from Poland, Mr. Wade worked as an assistant on the Liverpool Street-Sheffield electrification contract, and during the war took charge of his company's airfield contracts.

As soon as the Manchester-Sheffield electrification was recommenced after the war, Mr. Wade was appointed resident engineer in charge.


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