On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action.
Herbert Henry Ford: 22nd May
Associate Member since 1908; Member since 1913.
At the outbreak of war he was Engineer, Sir W Arrol and Co, Crane Works.
Wartime posting(s) was/were, Royal Scots (?).
Killed in the Gretna Green/Quintinshill rail disaster, the victims of which were mainly men of the Royal Scots.
Note: Ford is listed in our records as being a casualty of war, although this cannot be verified.
- HERBERT HENRY FORD was born at Bath on 3rd March 1870.
He was educated at the Portway Schools in that city, and received his technical education at the Bath Technical School.
In 1883 he began an apprenticeship in the works of Messrs. Day and Co., at Bath, and on its completion in 1889 he worked for some time at Liverpool and Barrow-in-Furness, fitting and erecting machinery.
For one year he gained sea experience in the ships of the Royal Mail Steam Packet Co., and next was engaged by Messrs. J. and G. Thomson, Clydebank, on boiler erection and trial trips.
In 1894 he started in the employment of Messrs. Stothert and Pitt, crane makers, Bath, where he rose to be their outside manager. In this capacity he carried out many important contracts, both at home and abroad, and specially supervised the installation of the mechanical and electrical work on several cantilever cranes of the largest capacity in this country.
After about fifteen years’ successful work with this firm he joined the staff of Sir William Arrol and Co., Ltd., Glasgow, as outside engineering manager, and in 1913 he became manager of the crane work department of the firm.
His death took place on 22nd May 1915, at the age of forty-five, as the result of the railway accident near Gretna, when returning from a business visit to London.
He was elected an Associate Member of this Institution in 1908, and was transferred to full Membership in 1913.
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