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William Garrett Knibbs

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William Garrett Knibbs (c1887-1937)

1937 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM GARRETT KNIBBS was chief engineer in charge of the erection of the new tank farm and oil refinery on Canvey Island, for London and Coastal Wharves, Ltd. He was born at Banstead, Surrey, and received his technical education at Birmingham Municipal Technical School. In 1904 he commenced a four years' apprenticeship with Messrs. Belliss and Morcom, Ltd., Birmingham; after this training he went to sea and sailed in the ships of Messrs. Alfred Holt and Company, of Liverpool. In 1913 he obtained a first-class Board of Trade Certificate. Shortly afterwards he was appointed assistant engineer to Messrs. Chance and Hunt, Ltd., chemical manufacturers, of Oldbury, Birmingham. He joined Messrs. J. Lyons and Company, Ltd., as experimental and maintenance engineer in 1924, but subsequently left for Venezuela, as resident engineer, Maracaibo, and as chief field engineer, of the Caribbean Petroleum Company. Later he became associated with Mr. N. A. Anfilogoff, M.I.Mech.E., and this led to his appointment with London and Coastal Wharves, Ltd.

Mr. Knibbs was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1922. His death occurred on Canvey Island on 17th January 1937, in his fiftieth year.

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