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Frederick Forester Elliott

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Frederick Forester Elliot (1892-1941)


1942 Obituary [1]

FREDERICK FORESTER ELLIOTT was associated with the electrical side of mechanical engineering throughout his career. After serving his apprenticeship, from 1908 to 1914, in the workshops at the Technical College, Finsbury, and in the power house of the City and South London Electric Railway, where he acted as a shift engineer, he became assistant engineer to the Thorpe Meter Syndicate, Ltd., by whom he was engaged on the design and testing of electricity meters.

From 1914 to 1915 he was electrical engineer to British Insulated Cables, Ltd., and then, until 1920, charge engineer at the Wandsworth and City Road stations of the County of London Electricity Supply Company, Ltd. In 1920 he was appointed station engineer in the electricity department of Woolwich Metropolitan Borough Council and was promoted to be borough electrical engineer in 1931. He occupied that position until his death, which occurred on 9th May 1941, in his fiftieth year.

During the period 1920-31, apart from the operation and maintenance of the generating station, he was responsible for the installation of 35,000 kW. of new plant, including turbo-alternators, boilers, switchgear, buildings, waterways, and coaling jetty. During the war of 1914-18 he served as a pioneer in the Royal Engineers (Signals). Mr. Elliott, who was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1931, and was transferred to Membership in 1938, was also a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers. He was a representative member, on the employers' side, of the Electricity Supply Industry District Council (London area) and a member of the Consultative Technical Committee for the South East and East England area of the Control Electricity Board. In addition he took a keen interest in local municipal affairs.


1941 Obituary [2]

FREDERICK FORESTER ELLIOTT, Borough Electrical Engineer of Woolwich, died, at the age of 49, on the 8th May, 1941, at Colyton, Devon, where he had gone a few days previously for a short holiday. Not only was he an engineer of ability and experience, but he possessed that vision which saw clearly the future development of the electrical world.

Born in 1892, he was educated at the Finsbury Technical College. Before going to Woolwich he held engineering appointments with the Thorpe Meter Co., the City and South London Railway, British Insulated Cables Ltd., and the County of London Electricity Supply Co.

From 1915 to 1920 he served as an engineer-in-charge with the last mentioned company and became Station Engineer in charge of generation at the Woolwich Electricity Work's. In 1931 he was promoted to the position of Borough Electrical Engineer. His untiring energy in his desire to serve the interests of Woolwich was always apparent and his long hours of continuous work, especially under the stress of wartime conditions, undoubtedly had a marked effect upon him. His charm of manner, his unfailing courtesy and his readiness to help anyone at any time endeared him to all. He will be sadly missed by his colleagues and friends, but the results he achieved as an engineer and the memories of his personal qualities will remain for a long time.

During the Great War he served as a Pioneer in the Signal Section of the Royal Engineers.

He was elected a Student of The Institution in 1910, an Associate Member in 1915, and a Member in 1931.



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