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David Kossick

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David Kossick (c1895-1941)

1942 Obituary [1]

DAVID KOSSICK at the time of his death, which occurred from enemy action at Hong Kong on 19th December 1941 in his forty-sixth year, was engineer and ship surveyor in the Government Marine Surveyor's Office, an appointment which he had held since 1936. He received his technical education at the Heaton Day Technical School, Newcastle upon Tyne, and subsequently studied at the Marine School, South Shields.

From 1912 to 1914 he served his apprenticeship with the North Eastern Marine Engineering Company, Ltd., of Wallsend, and in the latter year he enlisted in the Royal Engineers. In 1916 he returned to the North Eastern Marine Engineering Company, and completed his apprenticeship in 1917, and remained in the firm's employment for another year, after which he accepted an engagement as shore staff engineer with Messrs. Alfred Holt and Company, of Liverpool. In the following year he was appointed by the same company marine engineer and sailed at sea successively as fourth and third engineer, becoming in 1924 refrigerating engineer on various vessels and during this latter period he obtained his Board of Trade First-Class Engineer's Certificate.

Promoted to be second engineer in 1927, he continued to serve at sea for six years in Messrs. Holt's vessels, including SS Telemachus and Teiresias. He then took up an appointment as assistant government marine surveyor at Hong Kong, a position which he occupied until his promotion to engineer and ship surveyor.

Mr. Kossick was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1936.

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