On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action.
William Crew Tremearne: 25th/26th September
Associate Member since 1913.
At the outbreak of war he was Assistant Engineer, Singapore Tramway Co.
Wartime posting(s) was/were, 2nd Lieutenant, Seaforth Highlanders, 8th Battalion.
Killed in action at Loos.
Note: presumed dead probably 25th September, one record reports that he died on the 26th.
Sec. Lieut. WILLIAM CREW TREMEARNE, Seaforth Highlanders, was born at Leamington Spa on 13th January 1886.
He was educated at Blackheath School, and at the age of seventeen began his apprenticeship at the works of Dick, Kerr and Co., Kilmarnock.
In 1904 he went to Preston and was engaged in erecting electrical machinery for the same firm, subsequently acting as their assistant engineer on tramway construction at Rochester, Borstal, Maidstone, and London.
From 1910 to 1913 he studied at Christ’s College, Cambridge, taking the Mechanical Sciences Course, and later on his B.A., and in the latter year he received the appointment of assistant engineer to the Singapore Tramway Co., having charge of the power-house, supervision of the boiler plant and outside track and overhead system.
In 1914 he returned from Singapore, invalided with fever, just before the outbreak of the War, and rejoined the squadron he had previously joined when at Cambridge, namely, King Edward’s Horse. Later he obtained a Commission in the Seaforth Highlanders, with whom he went to the Front, and was machine-gun officer to his battalion, He was severely wounded at Loos and again at Hill 70, and was reported missing.
In April 1917 be was presumed to have been killed on 25th September 1915, in his thirtieth year.
He was elected an Associate Member of this Institution in 1913.
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