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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 3 (July 24, 1926)

Railway Workers As University Students

Railway Workers As University Students.

Two young railway mechanics, W. S. Wildman and Sidney Smith, have left their benches at the L.M.S.R. works at Wolverton to become students at Liverpool University (says the Railway Gazette). They have been awarded university scholarships in exceptional circumstances. They entered the railway shops at 14 years of age, and for no fewer than seven years in succession have been bracketed as equal for first place in the annual examinations held by the Union of Educational Institutions. Eventually they tied in the recent examination for the Sir Richard Moon scholarship, a railway scholarship of £80 a year, tenable for three years at Liverpool University. An extra examination was conducted by the University authorities to see which of the two candidates was the better. Again they tied as being of equal merit. The railway directors reviewed the position. To split the scholarship between the two candidates would not have enabled either to attend the University. The directors, therefore, decided, much to the satisfaction of the two candidates, who are firm friends, to award an extra scholarship to enable both of them to go to the University