On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action.
ANTHONY REGINALD WELSH: 19th February
Associate Member since 1911.
At the outbreak of war he was an Assistant Secretary, Bells Bros.
Wartime posting(s) was/were, Lieutenant, Green Howards, Alexandra Princess Of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment), 4th Battalion.
Died in France.
Awarded: Mentioned in Dispatches.
Lieutenant ANTHONY REGINALD WELSH was born at Altrincham on 27th December 1883.
He was educated at Rugby School, of which he was a Scholar and Exhibitioner, from 1896 to 1902, and then proceeded to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he took a first class in the Classical Tripos in 1904 and a second class in the Mechanical Sciences Tripos in 1906.
After taking his degree he assisted Professor Bertram Hopkinson in research work on the gas-engine.
In August 1907 he went to Messrs. Mather and Platt’s Salford Iron Works and was engaged in the erecting shop and drawing-office, and in 1908-9 was employed by the firm in erecting and running a steam-turbine installation at the Montreal Water Works.
On his return in 1909 he was sent out by the same firm to India in charge of the installation of two gas-engine alternators for the East Indian Railway at Giridih, Bengal.
Owing to severe illness he was invalided home in March 1911, and in the summer of that year he was appointed assistant secretary to Messrs. Bell Bros., Limited, Middlesbrough, where he remained until war broke out, having been Secretary to the Company for the last year.
Lieut. Welsh went out with the 1st 4th Yorkshire Regiment in April 1915, and served continuously at the front from the second battle of Ypres to February last, having been twice wounded slightly, in the head, in May and in June 1915. Severe wounds from a trench mortar bomb proved fatal, and his death took place at Boulogne on 19th February 1916, at the age of thirty-two.
He was elected an Associate Member of this Institution in 1911.
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