On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action.
Archie McNicol Neilson: 9th August
Apprenticed to William Simons & Co Ltd.
Fourth Engineer Officer, Mercantile Marine, SS “Canara”.
Drowned in Mediterranean.
ARCHIE McNICOL NEILSON was born at Paisley on 18th May 1893.
He was educated at the Public School and the Technical College, Paisley, and at the age of fifteen began an apprenticeship at the works of Wm. Simons and Co., Ltd., Renfrew.
In April 1914 he entered the service of the British Steam Navigation Co., Ltd., and from the outbreak of the War was on transport duty as fourth engineer on the Mesopotamian and other rout.
His death took place in the Mediterranean on 9th August 1917, the transport on which he was sailing being torpedoed. His remains were recovered and buried with naval honours in the British Cemetery at Naples.
He was elected a Graduate of this Institution in 1912.
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