On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action.
LIONEL EGERTON VYAL: 3rd September
Graduate Member since 1911.
At the outbreak of war he was a Pupil, Rhymey Railway Co.
Wartime posting(s) was/were, Corporal, Canadian Army, 2nd Canadian Division Signal Company.
Died in a motor cycle accident, France.
Corporal LIONEL EGERTON VYALL, Canadian Division, was born at Chawant, Punjab, on 11th March 1889.
After attending a preparatory school he went to Cheltenham College for three years, and finally to the Central Technical College, South Kensington, where he completed his three years’ course in 1909, obtaining the College Diploma and B.Sc. (Eng.) degree, University of London, with honours.
He then underwent his practical training for three years as a pupil at the locomotive works of the Rhymney Railway Co, Caerphilly.
In 1911 he was selected for an assistant engineer’s appointment in the Public Works Department of India, but was unfortunately disqualified owing to defective eyesight, and then became an assistant inspector at Glasgow on Sir Alexander Renders staff, which he held for a year.
In April 1913 he went to Canada, and worked for short periods in the Canadian Pacific Railway workshops, the Dominion Bridge Engineering Co., and other firms in Montreal.
When the War broke out he enlisted as a dispatch rider in the 2nd Signal Company, 2nd Canadian Division, and underwent his training at Ottawa, and subsequently at Shorncliffe. In September 1915 he went with his Division to France, where he served for a year.
On 3rd September 1916, whilst carrying dispatches between St. Omer and St. Martin, he met with a fatal motor-cycle accident at night. He was in his twenty-eighth year.
He became a Graduate of this Institution in 1911.
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