On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action.
ARTHUR POYNTING: 25th July
Associate Member since 1912.
At the outbreak of war he was an Assistant Engineer, Port of London Authority.
Wartime posting(s) was/were, Lieutenant, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 6th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps, attached to 143rd Brigade.
Killed in action near Pozitres, France.
Lieut. ARTHUR POYNTING, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, was born at Edgbaston, Birmingham, on 31st December 1882, being the only son of the late Professor Poynting, F.R.S.
His early education was received at King Edward’s High School, Birmingham, and, after a four-years’ course at the University of Birmingham, he graduated as Bachelor of Science, subsequently becoming M.Sc.
On leaving the University in 1905 he entered the service of the Midland Railway Co., Derby, as assistant engineer in the New Works Dept., and in the following year was transferred to the office of the resident engineer, Heysham Harbour, where he was engaged on the construction of the harbour, buildings, and permanent way.
In 1910 he became Assistant Engineer at the London and St. Katharine Docks, and a year later was transferred to the head office of the Port of London Authority as assistant to the Chief Engineer. He also acted as resident engineer on the construction of that Authority’s cold store in Charterhouse Street, London.
He joined the Army two days after war broke out, and obtained a Commission in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, with which regiment he had been associated while a student at the University.
He was afterwards attached to the Machine Gun Corps, and was killed in action near Pozitres, France, on 25th July 1916, in his thirty-fourth year.
He was elected an Associate Member of this Institution in 1913.
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