FACIAL RECONSTRUCTION IN WWI

Our latest guest piece on our WWI exhibition comes from the Royal College of Surgeons. Having worked in otolaryngology, it was not until the First World War that Sir Harold Gillies (Fellow RCS 1901) began to develop maxillo-facial surgery and has since been considered by some to be the father of plastic surgery. Gillies developed and devised independently the potential and varied applications of a new … Continue reading FACIAL RECONSTRUCTION IN WWI

Tunnelling Officers' Mines Rescue Class, Dudley Rescue School

TUNNELLING IN WWI

Engineers at War: From Home Front to Battle Front online exhibition The First World War drove many aspects of engineering on. Even though tunnelling had been a feature of warfare since at least 850BC, the rise and prominence of trench warfare during the conflict led to rapid advances. The main purpose of the Tunnellers work was to protect the infantry in their trenches from the … Continue reading TUNNELLING IN WWI

Robinson's membership form

ON THIS DAY

On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. LESLIE STEPHEN ROBERTSON (formerly ROBINSON): 5th June Member since 1892, proposed by John Isaac Thornycroft. At the outbreak of war he was Secretary of the Engineering Standards Committee. Wartime posting(s) was/were, General Staff, Director of Production at the Ministry of Munitions. Killed on HMS ”Hampshire” en-route to Russia with Lord Kitchener. Note: … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Northcott's membership form

ON THIS DAY

On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. HENRY HANS MACFARLANE NORTHCOTT: 17th January Associate Member since 1910. At the outbreak of war he was a Draughtsman and Works Manager, The General Engine & Boiler Co. Wartime posting(s) was/were, Lieutenant, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Eastchurch Naval Flying School (Pilot). Killed whilst flying in BE2c No.1146, side-slipped & wrecked (Flight Sub-Lieutenant … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Inchley's membership form

ON THIS DAY

On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. William Inchley: 19th December Graduate Member since 1902; Associate Member 1911. At the outbreak of war he was Lecturer/Demonstrator in Engineering, University College Nottingham. Wartime posting(s) was/were, Lieutenant, Duke of Wellington’s West Ridings Regiment, 3rd Battalion and 9th Battalion (Reserve of Officers). Killed in action, France. 1916 Obituary  Lieutenant WILLIAM INCHLEY was born … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Royal Aircraft Factory Aerial Target under construction at Farnborough, 1917 or 1918

THE BIRTH OF AVIATION

The First World War had a huge impact on engineering and engineers, not least in the field of aviation. Peter Elliott from the RAF Museum explores how the Royal Aircraft Factory, Farnborough developed. The First World War saw British military aviation develop from a small number of squadrons flying unarmed aircraft for reconnaissance to large forces using aircraft designed for a wide range of specialist … Continue reading THE BIRTH OF AVIATION

Merchant ship fitted with Vickers 'M' type paravane bow protector

OUR BLOODIEST DAY

On the 25th September 1915 five of our members died on the battlefield at (or near) Loos; William Douglass James, William Casson, Herbert Dudley Ellis, Vivian Gordon and William Crew Tremearne. All of their obituaries are recorded on our Honour Roll. The Battle of Loos was the largest British offensive on the Western Front during 1915. It was remarkable in its scale and ambition; in … Continue reading OUR BLOODIEST DAY

Tremearne's membership form

ON THIS DAY

On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. William Crew Tremearne: 25th/26th September Associate Member since 1913. At the outbreak of war he was Assistant Engineer, Singapore Tramway Co. Wartime posting(s) was/were, 2nd Lieutenant, Seaforth Highlanders, 8th Battalion. Killed in action at Loos. Note: presumed dead probably 25th September, one record reports that he died on the 26th. 1917 Obituary  Sec. … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Gordon's membership form

ON THIS DAY

On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Vivian Gordon: 25th September Graduate Member since 1906 (deferred until post-grad 1908/9 and then resigned end 1909 before reapplying); Associate Member 1910. At the outbreak of war he was Civilian Director Avonside Engine Co. Wartime posting(s) was/were, Captain, Gordon Highlanders, 8th Battalion. Killed in action, France. 1916 Obituary Captain VIVIAN GORDON was born … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Ellis' membership form

ON THIS DAY

On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Herbert Dudley Ellis: 25th September Graduate Member since 1910. At the outbreak of war he was a Engineer Designer, Mather & Platt Ltd. Enlisted 24th Sep 1914; Discharged to Commission 18 Dec 1914. Wartime posting(s) was/were, 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Garrison Artillery. Prior to this, Royal Marines Divisional Engineers (from 24th Sep 1914). … Continue reading ON THIS DAY