Amalgamated Society of Engineers (Southall) 1913
At a meeeting of Southall branch of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers (ASE) (later Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU) held at Northcote Arms, Southall smoking concert occasion presentation of an award of merit
Mr Cantwell Presided
Mr Donkinson Executive member
Mr Dumbleton Branch secretary
Mr William Bywater related a life long experience in connection with trade unionism. His stewardship commenced in 1850 in the employ of the Railway Foundry at Leeds, where lie was apprenticed as smith, twelve months before the forming of the Society of Engineers.
It was from that foundry the first fast express engine, the" Jenny Lind." went out. At the time of such locomotive taking the iron road he listened to the discussions of the advocates of trade unionism. and subsequently became one of its earliest members.
He considered him self one of the ideal trade unionists. His shop was one of tlie finest trade unionist shops of that day, some 62 years ago when he joined as trade unionist at the age of nearlv 21 vears. He stood before them as a man over 80. He had fulfilled 2 secretaryships, '
He thanked the Amalgamated Society of Engineers for having founded such an excellent excellent institution which provided him with ampler means of comfortable subsistence in old age and kept him out of the poor house.
When old age was creeping on with weakened intellect and diminished strength he was in a position to thank god for the provision which his Society had secured .
He appreciated the gifts presented to him
At the conclusion of his remarks Mr Bywater was greeted with the singing of “He’s a jolly good fellow”
A peculiar coincidence in connection with Mr Bywater is the fact that he was formerly a blacksmith and had three uncles who were blacksmiths and he himself was known as “Uncle” to the members of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers (ASE)
In full appreciation of these facts the Chairman followed by singing the “Village blacksmith” the ringing and clanging being rhythmically taken up by the brothers in the Lodge
The illuminated ASE address presented to Mr Bywater bore the following inscription
“Amalgamated Society of Engineers (Sectional Societies amalgamated 1857) present to Brother William Bywater of Southall branch by special resolution of the Executive Council for faithful services in the capacity of Branch secretary and other branch officers extending over 57 years. Dated December 1913 signed Robert Young, Amalgamated Society of Engineers (ASE) General Secretary
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