On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action.
Reginald John Spink: 21st October
Graduate 1912; Associate Member 1915.
Mechanical Engineer, Rowland Brittain Patent Attorney, Vancouver.
Sergeant, Canadian Engineers, 10th Field Company.
Killed in action, Flanders.
Serjeant REGINALD JOHN SPINK, Canadian Engineers, was born at Leeds on 30th April 1887.
His scholastic education was received in his native city, and at the age of fifteen he began a four-years’ apprenticeship at the works of Messrs. Kitson and Co., Leeds. During that period he attended the evening courses at the Technical School and at Leeds University.
On the completion of his apprenticeship in 1906 he became a junior draughtsman at the works of Messrs. E. Green and Son, Wakefield, and in the following year he was sent to Germany to open a branch drawing office with the firm’s German Co. at Cologne.
Having worked there for over three years, he returned to England in December 1910, and was engaged as clerk of works in charge of the erection of two waste-heat stations in Middlesbrough.
In 1912 be went to Canada and became mechanical engineer in the office of a Patent Attorney in Vancouver.
In 1915 he joined the Army, subsequently becoming Serjeant in the Canadian Engineers, and while holding this rank he was killed in action in Flanders on 21st October 1917, at the age of thirty.
He was elected a Graduate of this Institution in 1912, and an Associate Member in 1915.
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