On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action.
BERNARD EBENEZER BUMPUS: 3rd July
Associate Member since 1914, proposed by Alexander Siemens.
At the outbreak of war he was an Engineer, Dick Kerr & Co.
Wartime posting(s) was/were, 2nd Lieutenant, Northumberland Fusiliers, 12th Battalion.
Killed in action, France.
Awarded: Mentioned in Dispatches by General Sir Douglas Haig, G.C.B., Commander-in-Chief of the British Armies in France, to the Secretary of State for War, for distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty.
Sec. Lieut. BERNARD EBENEZER BUMPUS, Northumberland Fusiliers, was born in London on 9th February 1883.
His education was received at local schools, and at the evening courses of the Finsbury Technical College from 1899 to 1901.
He began his apprenticeship in January 1898 in the shops of Messrs. Johnson and Phillips, Ltd., and two years later went to the works of Siemens Brothers, Ltd.
From 1902 to 1904 he worked in the submarine cable department of the India-rubber, Gutta Percha, and Telegraph Co. of Woolwich.
On the completion of his apprenticeship he was engaged as engineering assistant in the London office of Messrs. Dick, Kerr and Co., Ltd., until 1908, when he was appointed mechanical and electrical engineer to the Bibiani Mines, Ltd.
In the following year, on behalf of Messrs. Dick, Kerr and Co., he made a six months’ tour to the West African mines to report on business extensions, and on his return to this country he was employed in the engineering department of the same firm.
In 1914 he went to India to take up a position with the Bombay Electricity Supply and Tramways Co., and early in 1915 volunteered for military service.
Subsequently he received a Commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the Northumberland Fusiliers, and took part in the fighting in France, where he lost his life on 3rd July 1916, in his thirty-fourth year.
He was elected an Associate Member of this Institution in 1914.
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