On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action.
CHARLES KENNEDY: 16th November
Associate Member since 1911.
At the outbreak of war he was a Locomotive Carriage and Wagon Superintendent, Great Western of Brazil Railway.
Wartime posting(s) was/were, Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery, “D” Battery 113th Brigade.
Died of wounds sustained in France (Somme).
Lieut. CHARLES KENNEDY, R.F.A., was born at Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire, on 30th November 1880.
He was educated at the Ayr Academy and the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College, and served an apprenticeship of five years with Messrs. Dubs and Co., Glasgow Locomotive Works.
On its completion in 1903 he worked for a year with the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway, and then became district locomotive superintendent of the Great Western of Brazil Railway.
From 1908 to 1910 he was assistant locomotive superintendent, and in 1911 he was appointed locomotive, carriage, and wagon superintendent of the same railway. When war broke out he was home on leave and had taken his passage to return to Brazil, but joined the London Scottish, subsequently receiving a Commission in the Royal Field Artillery.
He was wounded on the Somme on 14th November 1916, and died two days later, in his thirty-sixth year.
He was elected an Associate Member of this Institution in 1911, and was transferred to Membership in 1915.
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