On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action.
Robert Andrew Hatton: 23rd October
Graduate 1902; Associate Member 1906.
Engineering Assistant/Draughtsman, WT Henley’s Telegraph Co.
Major (Acting Lieutenant Colonel), Royal Field Artillery, 123rd Siege Battery.
Died of wounds, France.
Major ROBERT ANDREW HATTON, R.F.A., was born in London on 27th July 1880, and was educated at the Grocers’ Company’s School.
He entered the works of W. T. Henley’s Telegraph Co., Ltd., North Woolwich, in 1896, and after working in the shops he passed into the drawing office, where he took part in the designing and equipment of their Gravesend Works.
From 1906 to 1914 he was assistant engineer, during which time the works plant and its maintenance were under his supervision, and he also took part in the re-arrangement and extension of the factory at North Woolwich.
At the outbreak of the War he was a Captain in the Territorial Force, and volunteered for service abroad, and served some time in. Egypt and France.
He was gassed in France in June 1918, but recovered and returned in August, and served with the Third Army in command of a siege battery.
His death took place in France, from wounds received in action, on 23rd October 1918, at the age of thirty-eight.
He became a Graduate of this Institution in 1902, and an Associate Member in 1906.
Members log in to Ancestry, via our Virtual Library, to access membership records for free.