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Claude Spiller

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Claude Spiller (1870-1938)

1938 Obituary [1]

CLAUDE SPILLER, who had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1899, was a familiar figure at Institution meetings for many years. He was born in 1870, and educated at King's College, London.

In 1888 he began his apprenticeship at the Victoria Park engineering repair shops of Mr. Harry Lowe, but in the following year he entered the Royal Carriage Department, Woolwich Arsenal, where he completed his apprenticeship. He was made a draughtsman in 1892, and in 1899 he was appointed assistant mechanical engineer at the gun carriage factory in Madras.

Owing to ill health he returned to England a year later, and joined the technical staff of Messrs. Vickers, Ltd. Subsequently he was recalled to Woolwich Arsenal, where he was engaged until after the War. He then became a director of a private firm manufacturing motor accessories and counting instruments. He was keenly interested in machine tools, and devised several special-purpose machines. In addition he frequently contributed to the technical press.

Mr. Spiller, who was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, died at Harrow on 21st December 1938.

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