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Arthur Matthews (1893-1931)

1931 Obituary [1]

ARTHUR MATTHEWS was born at New Cross in 1893.

After being educated at the Borough Polytechnic he was articled to Messrs. J. I. Thornycroft and Company, Basingstoke.

He then joined Messrs. Brazil, Straker and Company of Bristol. His chief interest was the design and manufacture of small and light internal- combustion engines specially made for wireless and generator sets for use in the Army and Air Force.

On the outbreak of the War he joined the Army Ordnance Corps. After serving overseas in the workshop at Havre, he obtained a commission in the Royal Flying Corps. He was later transferred to the Aeronautical Inspection Department and attained the rank of assistant inspector.

In 1919 the Norman Engineering Company was promoted, Mr. Matthews acting as managing director from that time until his death, which occurred on lot July 1931.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1923.

1930/31 Obituary [2]

Arthur Matthews was born in 1893 and after serving his apprenticeship with Thornycroft, spent some time in the shops of Brazil, Straker and Co, as a Charge Hand.

During the war he served as a Flying Officer Observer in the Royal Flying Corps, and was subsequently appointed Assistant Inspector under the A.I.D.

On his return to civil life he established the Norman Engineering Co, Leamington, of which he remained Managing Director until his death, on 1st July, 1931, at the age of 38.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution of Automobile Engineers in 1922.

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