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William Paul James Fawcus

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William Paul James Fawcus (1863-1909)

1863 Born in France

1889 of Chester, became an associate of the Inst of Elec Engineers

1891 Civil and electrical engineer, living in Altrincham, with Bessie L M Fawcus 29, David D J Fawcus 7, Margaret A M Fawcus 5, Arthur E F Fawcus 4, Reginald A F Fawcus 2[1]

1891 of Deansgate, Manchester; became a Member of the Inst of Elec Engineers[2]

1907 of 4 Queen Victoria St, London EC,

1909 Died in London[3]


1909 Obituary [4]

W. P. J. FAWCUS died in London on March 28, 1909. For some time his health had been bad, and while recovering from a surgical operation he contracted a severe chill which developed into a fatal attack of pneumonia.

Mr. Fawcus took a prominent part in the early development of the electrical industry in this country. He served articles with Messrs. Hall, of Dartford, and was subsequently for some years at the works of Messrs. Thorneycroft & Co., Chiswick.

In 1887 he put forward a scheme for electric lighting at Chester, and also established a water-power lighting station at Keswick, the first of its kind in this country.

Later he became managing director of the Manchester Edison & Swan Company and while there carried out the electric supply of Altrincham.

In 1898 his company was absorbed by the Edison & Swan United Electric Light Company, and he was given a place on the board, and, also became managing director of Messrs. W. T. Glover & Co.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1899, and in 1907 was transferred to the higher class. He was also for some time a member of the Council, and was President of the Northern Society of Electrical Engineers, of which society he was practically the founder.

He was a firm believer in the future of South Africa, both for agriculture and engineering, and spent a few years in that country shortly before his death.


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Sources of Information

  1. 1891 census
  2. Electrical Engineer Lists
  3. BMD
  4. 1909 Institution of Electrical Engineers: Obituaries