On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action.
Robert Hugh Walker: 9th April
Graduate 1898; Associate Member 1901.
Manager, Neuchatel Asphalt Co, Switzerland.
Lieutenant, Seaforth Highlanders, 9th Battalion.
Died in France.
Awarded: Mentioned in Dispatches.
Lieut. ROBERT HUGH WALKER, Seaforth Highlanders, was born at Crowborough on 25th January 1875.
He was educated at Barham House, St. Leonards-on-Sea, and at Shrewsbury School.
In October 1891 he began an apprenticeship of five years at the works of Messrs. Marshall, Sons and Co., Gainsborough, and on its completion he went to various firms to gain experience, notably the Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Co., Ltd., Glasgow, and Messrs. T. Middleton and Co., of Southwark, London, for whom he was employed for eighteen months at Rouen, in charge of the manufacture of special machinery for making inlaid linoleum.
In 1901 he was appointed manager of the Neuchatel Asphalte Co., Ltd., Travers, Neuchatel, Switzerland, and became an expert in the work of asphalte milling and its use in paving. He subsequently served the company in Australia and Athens.
Soon after the outbreak of the War he came home and offered his services to the War Office, being gazetted in January 1915 to the Seaforth Highlanders. He was mentioned in dispatches after the operations on the Somme, where he was slightly wounded.
While leading his Company in an attack on a village near Arras, he was killed on 9th April 1917, at the age of forty-two.
He was elected a Graduate of this Institution in 1898, and an Associate Member in 1901.
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