On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action.
Dudley Adams: 21st March
Graduate 1911; Associate Member 1918.
Engineer, Adams & Co.
Educated in Sydney.
Captain, Royal Field Artillery/ Royal Garrison Artillery, 130th Heavy Battery. Joined 1915.
Killed in action, France.
Captain DUDLEY ADAMS, R.G.A., was born in Sydney on 2nd November 1890, being the elder son of W. J. Adams and grandson of the late William Adams who had been locomotive superintendent of several of the English Railways.
He was educated at Sydney, and served an apprenticeship at the locomotive works of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway from 1910 to 1913. During that period he also studied at the Brighton Technical School.
On the completion of his apprenticeship he worked for six months in the electrical shops of Messrs. Vickers, Ltd., Sheffield, which was followed by six months in the test-house at Messrs. C. A. Parsons, of Newcastle-on-Tyne.
He then returned to Australia, to join his father’s engineering business, but in 1915 he returned to England and joined the Royal Field Artillery, serving in Gallipoli, Egypt, and France.
His death took place in action in France on 21st March 1918, at the age of twenty-seven.
He was elected a Graduate of this Institution in 1911, and although his name was in the Ballot List of 3rd May 1918 for election as an Associate Member, his death took place before it could be completed.
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