On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action.
Robert George Frederick Maunsell: 4th May
Assistant Locomotive Foreman of Running Shed, London and South Western Railway Co.
Captain, Royal Engineers, Hants Fortress Company.
Drowned in the Mediterranean.
Awarded: Victory Medal and British War Medal.
Captain ROBERT GEORGE FREDERICK MAUNSELL, R.E. (T.), was born at Bournemouth on 25th March 1891.
He was educated at Sherborne School, and in his seventeenth year became a pupil of the late Mr. Dugald Drummond, locomotive superintendent of the London and South Western Railway Co., with whom he remained nearly five years.
He joined 1/7th Hants Royal Engineers as 2nd Lieut., was promoted Lieutenant in August 1914, and, shortly after the War began, volunteered.
In 1915 he was promoted Temp. Captain on embarking with his Company for France. He then proceeded to Egypt, and finally to Saloniea, where be served for upwards of a year, when he came home on leave.
When returning to Salonica the vessel on which he was sailing, H.M. Transport “Transylvania,” was torpedoed in the Mediterranean on 4th May 1917. Captain Maunsell, having refused to go on board the relief ship, as he would be taking the place of a soldier, went down with the ship. He was twenty-six years of age.
He became a Graduate of this Institution in 1913.
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