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Derrick Gower Ritson

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Derrick Gower Ritson (1906-1950)

1952 Obituary [1]

"DERRICK GOWER RITSON, whose untimely death occurred on 9th December 1950 at the early age of forty-four, was in the service of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, both during its independent existence and after its absorption into British Railways, during the whole of his brief career. He was educated at Stockport Grammar School and Crewe Technical College. After serving his time in the Crewe works from 1923 to 1927, he was first employed as a fitter and later as a junior in the drawing office of the locomotive department. He then filled positions as an inspector in the progress office and as piece-work assistant in the locomotive works at Derby. In 1944 he became a mechanical inspector at headquarters and three years later was promoted to the grade of senior mechanical inspector. His final appointment, which dated from 1948, was that of senior technical assistant. Mr. Ritson was elected a Student of the Institution in 1925 and transferred to Graduateship in 1930 and to Associate Membership in 1937."

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