On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member died, the last of our WWI casualties.
Thomas Edward Goodeve OBE: 26th January
Associate Member 1906; Member 1914.
Manager and Assistant Locomotive Superintendent, Southern and Western Railway.
Royal Engineers. Operations in Egypt, including Sollum. He was at the engagement at Agagir on 26/2/1916.
Major, Egyptian Expeditionary Force.
Awarded: Mentioned in Dispatches and OBE.
Note: 1919 date of death is taken from his war record, his grave in Damascus, the Gazette (reported/printed), England Probate Calendar 1919 and our membership register. However, our 1919 obituary states he died in 1918. He is recognised as a casualty of WWI even if he died in 1919, his posting being as a result of the conflict and the continuing related situation in the region.
Major THOMAS EDWARD GOODEVE, O.B.E., R.E., was born in London on 5th August 1876.
He was educated at St. Paul’s School and at the Royal College of Science and School of Mines.
In 1896 he became a premium apprentice in the locomotive works of the London and North Western Railway at Crewe, and on its completion he entered the drawing office of the same works, subsequently becoming in January 1902 assistant manager in the locomotive works.
This position he held until 1909 when he was transferred to the Outdoor Department and later to the Steel Works.
Two years later he became assistant manager on locomotive repairs at Crewe and out-station erecting shops, and in December 1913 he was appointed works manager and assistant locomotive superintendent at the Inchicore Works of the Great Southern and Western Railway, Dublin.
In 1916 he joined the Royal Engineers and served in Palestine from January 1917 until 26th January 1918, when he was accidentally killed at Baalbeck, Syria [now Lebanon], at the age of forty-one. On two occasions he was personally congratulated by the Commander-in-Chief for his efficient work.
He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1906, and a Member in 1914.
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