On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action.
CHARLES LAMBERT DRUITT: 13th October
Graduate Member since 1912.
At the outbreak of war he was an Assistant, South Eastern and Chatham Railway.
Wartime posting(s) was/were, Lieutenant, Seaforth Highlanders, 9th Battalion.
Died in France.
Awarded: Mentioned in Dispatches.
Lieut. CHARLES LAMBERT DRUITT, Seaforth Highlanders, was born at Christchurch, Hants, on 14th October 1888.
After attending a preparatory school at Southbourne, he went to King’s School, Canterbury, and on leaving there in 1907 he took the three years’ course at the Central Technical College, South Kensington, obtaining the College Diploma.
In 1910 he worked for one year in the locomotive shops of the Barry Railway Co., South Wales, and then was articled for three years to Mr. P. C. Tempest, the chief engineer of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway, and subsequently was engaged as assistant district engineer on that line.
In 1915 he joined the 9th Seaforth Highlanders (Pioneers) as 2nd Lieutenant, and was engaged in the Battle of the Somme from its commencement.
In August 1916 he was promoted to be full Lieutenant, and was mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s dispatch of 13th November.
He was killed near Eaucourt l’Abbaye on 13th October 1916, at the age of twenty-eight.
He became a Graduate of this Institution in 1912.
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