Neilson's membership form

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On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Archie McNicol Neilson: 9th August Graduate 1912. Apprenticed to William Simons & Co Ltd. Fourth Engineer Officer, Mercantile Marine, SS “Canara”. Drowned in Mediterranean. 1918 Obituary  ARCHIE McNICOL NEILSON was born at Paisley on 18th May 1893. He was educated at the Public School and the Technical College, Paisley, and at the … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Wilson's membership form

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On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Leonard Herbert Wilson: 19th July Associate Member 1902. Resident & Constructional Engineer, Consolidated Main Reef Mines & Estates Co, Johannesburg. Captain, South African Infantry Corps, 8th Regiment. Served in the South African Campaign, also in German South-West Africa. Died in East Africa. New Zealand national. Institution First World War Honour Roll Members … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Manning's membership form

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On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. George Alfred Manning: 18th July Graduate 1913. Pupil, London, Brighton and South Coast Railway Works. 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Engineers. Awarded: Victory Medal, British War Medal and Military Cross. 1918 Obituary  Lieut. GEORGE ALFRED MANNING, M.C., R.E., was born in Calcutta on 29th May 1891. He was educated at St. Paul’s School, West … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Crofton's membership form

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On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Edward Vivian Morgan Crofton: 14th July Graduate 1912. Assistant, Dolby & Williamson Consulting Engineers. Lieutenant, Royal Engineers, 61st Filed Company. Killed in action, France. Irish national. 1917 Obituary  Lieut. EDWARD VIVIAN MORGAN CROFTON, R.E., was born in Dublin on 24th June 1889. He was educated privately and at Cheltenham College, after which … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Mather & Platt apprentices, 2 Apr 1936.

ENGINEERING AN EDUCATION

As mechanical engineering began to develop as a profession in the late eighteenth century, the question of how best to educate and train engineers became increasingly important. In Britain, the preference was strongly in favour of ‘on the job’ training.  Initially, an apprenticeship would be purchased in a given firm or with a consulting engineer and you’d be indentured to learn the trade for a … Continue reading ENGINEERING AN EDUCATION

WOMEN RIDERS

Kitty May Brunell was one of a clutch of women motorsport riders in the 1920s-1930s. Born in 1911, Kitty grew up surrounded by racing. Her father was Bill Brunell (officially William Joseph Brunell), a well-known photographer of motorsports. Her mother was Katie Margaret Meech. Brunell officially began rallying in 1928, she was only seventeen at the time, but it seems she stopped around 1933. Despite … Continue reading WOMEN RIDERS

Barstow's membership form

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On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Michael William Barstow: 3rd June Graduate 1915. Engineering Student, Municipal Technical College, Brighton. 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died in France. 1917 Obituary  Lieut. MICHAEL WILLIAM BARSTOW, R.G.A., was born at Canterbury on 12th March 1897. He was educated at Littlehampton, at Dover College from 1911-13, and at the Municipal Technical College, … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

FRIENDS AMBULANCE UNIT

“Altogether the Buicks (the last model of ambulance they used, presumably supplied by the Americans) gave good service, but I shudder to think what would have happened had the war lasted another year. Two years would seem to be about the maximum with an American chassis over war time roads.” When we think of engineering and engineers in the context of war, normally we conjure … Continue reading FRIENDS AMBULANCE UNIT

Armstrong's membership form

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On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Percy Towns Armstrong: 26th May Associate Member 1912. Engineer, Radiant Heating. Lieutenan, Royal Naval Air Service, King’s North Naval Air Station, HMS ”Queen Empress”. Accidentally killed in gas plant explosion. Note: IMechE Journal states that he died in an aeroplane accident, war record states explosion as does our obituary. 1917 Obituary  Lieut. PERCY … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

SIR HENRY BESSEMER

From 1833 Sir Henry Bessemer lived in Islington at 15 Northampton Square, on the site today is the main entrance of City, University of London. Today, a Blue Plaque for Bessemer is being unveiled by the Mayor of Islington. This will be accompanied by an exhibition which will focus on the history of Northampton Square, Bessemer’s life and his invention of the revolutionary Bessemer Process, as well … Continue reading SIR HENRY BESSEMER