On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action.
Rowland/Roland Dryden McGroarty: 7th September
Graduate Member, since 1909.
At the outbreak of war he was Apprentice, WF Stanley & Co.
Wartime posting(s) was/were, Pioneer, East African Pioneers.
Died of wounds sustained in British East Africa.
Awarded: 1914 Star, Victory Medal and a British War Medal.
Note: Rowland on war record, Roland on IMechE records.
- ROLAND DRYDEN MCGROARTY was born at Norwood, London, on 8th April 1889.
He was educated at Selhurst Park College, and followed a course of technical education from 1903-1904 at the Beckenham Technical Institute.
He started on his apprenticeship in November 1904 with Messrs. W. F. Stanley and Co., Ltd., and from 1908-1909 he went through a course of drawing office practice at the Goldsmiths’ College, New Cross.
He next joined the staff of a water-softening firm, and in February 1914 was sent by Messrs. Lamberts, Ltd., of Southwark Street, to British East Africa, on railway construction.
When war broke out he volunteered at Nairobi, and became a motor-cyclist scout. In the fighting near Tsavo on 7th September 1914 he was wounded and captured by the Germans, and subsequently died, at the age of twenty-five.
He contributed two Papers, which were read at the Graduates’ Meetings one in March 1912, on “The Purification and Softening of Water,” for which he was awarded a prize by the Council, and the other, in November 1913, on “Modern Methods of Steam Raising.”
He was elected a Graduate of this Institution in 1909.
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