On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action.
Harold Brindley Robb: 2nd January
Lieutenant, Royal Army Service Corps.
Awarded: Victory Medal, British War Medal and Mentioned in Dispatches.
Died from illness.
Lieut. HAROLD BRINDLEY ROBB, A.S.C. (M.T.), was born in London on 25th March 1893.
He received his early education at schools in Balham and Clapham and at the Battersea Polytechnic, after which he took a three-years’ course at the City and Guilds Technical College, Finsbury, gaining diplomas in civil and mechanical engineering.
On the completion of his College course he entered the firm of Messrs. H. Young and Co., constructional engineers, of Nine Elms, where he was engaged on the design of various kinds of steel structures, until the outbreak of the War, when he joined the London University O.T.C., from which he was commissioned to the Royal Fusiliers, and was later transferred to the Motor Transport Section of the Army Service Corps. In this position he was engaged in designing and erecting several small buildings for his Company at the Front, and in the construction of roads. Later he became an anti-gas instructor and Officer in charge of Section for the felling of trees for the supply of wood and fuel. He was mentioned in Dispatches on 5th January 1917 by Sir Douglas Haig for distinguished service during the fighting on the Somme.
His death took place at the Millbank Hospital from illness contracted abroad, on 2nd January 1917, in his twenty-fourth year.
He became a Graduate of this Institution in 1912.