On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action.
WILLIAM EWART OKEY: 21st January
Graduate Member since 1912.
At the outbreak of war he was an Engineer, Gibson & Battle Ltd.
Wartime posting(s) was/were, 2nd Lieutenant Connaught Rangers, 1st Battalion.
Killed in action, Mesopotamia.
Awarded: Victory Medal and British War Medal.
Second Lieutenant WILLIAM EWART OKEY was born in Chelsea on 13th February 1888.
He received his early education at Bournemouth School, and from 1905-1909 was apprenticed to Messrs. Ruston, Proctor and Co., Lincoln, remaining with them for two years after the completion of his apprenticeship. During this period be continued his studies at the Lincoln Municipal Technical School.
In 1911 he was selected by the firm to go to Australia as an expert in gas-engines and plant for their Sydney agents, Messrs. Gibson, Battle and Co.
On the outbreak of war in 1914, he returned to England and joined the Army, obtaining a Commission in the lot Connaught Rangers.
He was killed in action in Mesopotamia on 21st January 1916, before he bad completed his twenty-eighth year.
He was elected a Graduate of this Institution in 1912.
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