On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action.
Herbert Hugo Schneider: 5th December
- Lieutenant HERBERT HUGO SCHNEIDER, R.E., was born in East Dulwich, London, on 5th January 1888.
He was educated at the Bedales School, Petersfield, Hants; and received his technical education at the Crystal Palace School of Practical Engineering, after which he served an apprenticeship of fifteen months in the shops, specializing in electrical motors and generators.
He was an assistant to Messrs Barry, Leslie and Egerton for three years (1907-1910), when he joined the Special Reserve for one year as 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Engineers.
In 1911 he went to West Africa, where he served as Assistant Engineer on the Lagos Railway, Northern Extension, Northern Nigeria.
After his leave of absence he returned to West Africa in 1912 as Assistant Engineer on the Sierra Leone Government Railway; in 1914 he was appointed Surveyor to the Survey of Northern Nigeria, and was still there on the outbreak of the War, when he left to take part in the operations in West Africa.
He was killed in action in the Cameroons on 5th December 1914, in his twenty-seventh year.
He was elected a Graduate of this Institution in 1909, and an Associate Member in 1914.
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