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Albert Ryder Kenworthy

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Albert Ryder Kenworthy (c1876-1929)

1929 Obituary [1]

Major ALBERT RYDER KENWORTHY received his early training with Messrs. A. and J. Inglis, shipbuilding engineers, of Glasgow, and at the Caledonian Railway locomotive works at Glasgow.

He went to the Argentine to take up the position of assistant locomotive superintendent of the Entre Rios Railway Company, later becoming locomotive superintendent.

In 1903 he joined the Leopoldina Railway in the same capacity, and in 1912 was transferred to Rio de Janeiro as general manager of the Leopoldina Terminal Company, which owned about 70 kilometres of tramways in Nichteroy and a ferry across Rio Bay.

He joined the Army in the first week of the War and served in France and Flanders for more than three years as lieutenant in the R.F.A. He was twice wounded and mentioned in dispatches. After the War he was with the army of occupation on the Rhine, and left the service with the rank of Major.

In 1920 he joined the Rio Tinto Company as chief mechanical engineer in charge of the mechanical plant and mines at Huelva. He also had charge of the transport equipment, which was greatly improved under his direction.

This position he held until his death in Rio Tinto, at the age of 53, on 11th August 1929.

Major Kenworthy became a Member of the Institution in 1920.

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