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Francis John Shepherd

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Francis John Shepherd (1890-1917)

1917 Obituary [1]

FRANCIS JOHN SHEPHERD was born at Cults, Aberdeenshire, on 5th October 1890.

He was educated at the local Public School and at Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen, where he gained high diplomas.

In April 1908 he began an apprenticeship of four years with Messrs. James Abernethy and Co., Aberdeen, and on its completion he entered as a student at the Royal Technical College, Glasgow, where he obtained the Neilson Gold Medal at the end of his course.

During the summer intervals between the College Sessions he was engaged as draughtsman, first with the Coventry Ordnance Co., then with Grice's Gas-Engine Co., of Carnoustie, and lastly with the Singer Sewing Machine Co., in the department of special tools and appliances.

He subsequently obtained the B.Sc. degree of the University of Glasgow, and went to Woolwich Arsenal, where he continued for about a year and a half, latterly acting as night superintendent in a large new fuse factory.

His health having failed, he went abroad and died at Bloemfontein on 19th May 1917, in his twenty-seventh year.

He became a Graduate of this Institution in 1914.

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