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Alfred Herman Reeve

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Alfred Herman Reeve (c1883-1951)


1953 Obituary [1]

ALFRED HERMAN REEVE who died on 9th November 1951 at the age of sixty-eight, was associated with the aeronautical side of mechanical engineering as an educational officer during the latter part of his career.

He received his general education at Burton-on-Trent and Felstead schools and after a brief period of apprenticeship at the Farnley Iron Works, near Leeds, continued his studies at the Swiss Federal Polytechnic in Zurich, where he obtained the mechanical engineering diploma in 1907.

In the following year he found employment as an improver in the fitting and erecting shops of Belliss and Morcom, Ltd., Birmingham; but after a year's service he left the firm to take up an appointment as engineer to Heenan and Froude, Ltd., Worcester. In this capacity he was responsible, as representative, for the supervision of the construction and starting up of two refuse destructors for the corporation of Portsmouth.

He returned to Belliss and Morcom in 1911 and was sent to Canada in the following year to act as technical assistant to the firm's agents there.

Later he was engaged in the aircraft works of Ruston and Proctor, Ltd., Lincoln, as works organizer, but in 1917 he was granted a commission as lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and appointed to H.M.S. Vernon, Portsmouth. Subsequently he acted as representative for the director of torpedoes and mining on the Naval Inter-allied Commission of Control in Germany.

From 1922 to 1934 he was concerned with the technical education of aircraft apprentices, and for a further period he occupied the position of section head. His final position, which he held from 1938 until his retirement in 1943, was that of senior educational officer at the Royal Air Force station, St. Athan.

Mr. Reeve had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1917.


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