On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action.
George Leonard Andrews: 3rd May
Associate Member 1909; Member 1911.
Chief Engineer, Para Electric Railways & Lighting Co, Brazil.
Captain, Royal Garrison Artillery, 76th Siege Battery.
Captain GEORGE LEONARD ANDREWS, R.G. A., was born in Calcutta on 12th November 1874.
He was educated at Wesley College, Sheffield, and at the Sheffield Technical School (afterwards the Applied Science Department of the Sheffield University), and in 1895 he became a pupil with the Brush Electrical Engineering Co., Ltd.
He further developed his experience in tramway construction and operation at Kidderminster, Madrid, and Hull, and in 1900 he became resident engineer to the Sunderland Corporation Tramways.
Three years later he was offered the post of engineer to the Lisbon Tramways, which he held until 1905 when he accepted an offer to become general manager and engineer to the Para Electric Railways and Lighting Co., Brazil.
Some years later, after practising for a time as a consulting engineer in Rio de Janeiro and Curityba, he accepted the offer of the important post of general manager and engineer to the Pernambuco Tramways and Power Co. He had begun constructional work when the War broke out, and he returned home to offer his services. After undergoing the necessary special training at an important coast station, he went to France, where he was in several actions.
He then volunteered for service in the East, and passed six months in Egypt and Syria, after which he returned to France and went through the battle of the Somme. Subsequently he became Liaison Officer and Temp. Major to a Portuguese brigade of heavy artillery, and did useful work by lecturing and translating several of the gunnery books into Portuguese.
He was killed in action on 3rd May 1918, at the age of forty-three, near Albert, while proceeding to an observation post.
He became a Member of this Institution in 1911; and was a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, a B.Sc. (Load.) and a B.Eng. (Sheffield).
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