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Alec George Cheal

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Alec George Cheal (1887-1934)

1934 Obituary [1]

ALEC GEORGE CHEAL had been manager of the Whitchurch (Hants) Gas and Electricity Company since 1927.

He was born at Edenbridge, Kent, in 1887, and in 1904 was articled to Mr. Samuel Carpenter, engineer to the Dorking Gas Company, and served in the works, laboratory, and drawing office.

In 1907 he was appointed assistant engineer to the Tunbridge Wells Gas Company and held this position until 1914.

He was then appointed engineer, manager, and secretary to the Hawkhurst Gas Company, and after a brief period he joined the Crowborough District Gas and Electricity Company in a similar capacity. While at Crowborough he supervised the erection of the generating station, which was opened in 1923. He was also responsible for a high-pressure gas distribution scheme, and brought out a design for a tar dehydration plant which proved very satisfactory in service.

In 1925 he went to Edenbridge and assisted his father, Mr. Charles Cheal, in managing the Edenbridge Gas Company.

Two years later he took up his appointment at Whitchurch and held this position until his death, which occurred at Whitchurch on 25th April 1934.

He had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1919.

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