On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action.
Frederick Hollingsworth: 26th April
Graduate Member since 1905; Associate Member since 1912.
At the outbreak of war he was Chief Engineer, Vacuum Oil Co., South Africa.
Wartime posting(s) was/were, Lieutenant, Rhodesia Regiment, 1st Machine Gun Section.
Killed in action, South Africa/Namibia [some contradiction on location in records].
- Lieutenant FREDERICK HOLLINGSWORTH was born in London on 5th March 1884.
He was educated at the Stationers’ Company’s School, Stroud Green, London, from 1892 to 1899, and then received private tuition for one year, which was followed by a technical course at the Durham College of Science from 1900 to 1901.
In 1900 he began a term of apprenticeship with Messrs. Robert Stephenson and Co., Ltd., Newcastle-on-Tyne and Darlington, and on its completion in 1905 he joined the staff of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway, at their running sheds at Fratton, Portsmouth, and also attended the Portsmouth Technical School.
In 1907 he became technical assistant of the railway department of the Vacuum Oil Co., Ltd., London and in December of the same year he was appointed chief engineer of the South African branch of the company. This position he held until May 1912, when he became assistant district locomotive superintendent of the Beira and Mashonaland and Rhodesia Railways at Umtali, and in the following year was transferred to the position of works manager of the Umtali workshops.
In October 1914 he was granted extended leave of absence, to enable him to proceed on active service with the 1st Rhodesian Regiment.
Lieutenant Hollingsworth was killed in action at Trekkopjes, German South-West Africa, on 26th April 1915, at the age of thirty-one.
He was elected a Graduate of this Institution in 1905, and an Associate Member in 1912.
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