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Arthur Poynting

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Arthur Poynting (1882-1916)

1916 Obituary [1]

Lieut. ARTHUR POYNTING, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, was born at Edgbaston, Birmingham, on 31st December 1882, being the only son of the late Professor Poynting, F.R.S.

His early education was received at King Edward's High School, Birmingham, and, after a four-years' course at the University of Birmingham, he graduated as Bachelor of Science, subsequently becoming M.Sc.

On leaving the University in 1905 he entered the service of the Midland Railway Co., Derby, as assistant engineer in the New Works Dept., and in the following year was transferred to the office of the resident engineer, Heysham Harbour, where he was engaged on the construction of the harbour, buildings, and permanent way.

In 1910 he became Assistant Engineer at the London and St. Katharine Docks, and a year later was transferred to the head office of the Port of London Authority as assistant to the Chief Engineer. He also acted as resident engineer on the construction of that Authority's cold store in Charterhouse Street, London.

He joined the Army two days after war broke out, and obtained a Commission in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, with which regiment he had been associated while a student at the University.

He was afterwards attached to the Machine Gun Corps, and was killed in action near Pozitres, France, on 25th July 1916, in his thirty-fourth year.

He was elected an Associate Member of this Institution in 1913.

1916 Obituary [2]

ARTHUR POYNTING, M.Sc. (Birmingham), born at Edgbaston on the 31st of December, 1882, was killed in action in France on the 25th July, 1916.

Trained on the Midland Railway, he subsequently joined the engineering staff and was engaged in the New Works branch and at Heysham Harbour until 1910, when he received an appointment on the staff of the Port of London Authority.

On the outbreak of war he received a commission in the Royal Engineers.

He was elected an Associate Member on the 2nd February, 1909.

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