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George Clement Milnes

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George Clement Milnes (1884-1951), the city electrical and transport engineer to the Corporation of Lancaster.

1922 Major, M.C., M.I.E.E., A.M.I.Mech.E., Public Supply and Tramways Engineer, Electricity Works, Marton Street, Lancaster. T. A.: "Milnes, Electricity Works, Lancaster." b. 1884. Trained in the works of Sandycroft, Ltd., afterwards with late Enfield Taylor, M.Inst.C.E., Consulting Engineer, Chester. Electrical Assistant, Lancaster Corporation Electricity Department, 1905-10, and Borough Electrical and Tramways Engineer, Lancaster Corporation, 1910 to date. Engineer and Secretary to the Lancaster and District (Provisional) Electricity Supply Committee. War Services.—August, 1914, to January, 1918, with the infantry, chiefly in France. Military Cross, three mentions in Dispatches. January, 1918, to July, 1919, as Staff Officer, Second Grade, in charge of design and equipment of power stations in the department of the Chief Electrical Engineer, Administrator of Works and Buildings, Air Ministry.

1952 Obituary [1]

"Major GEORGE CLEMENT MILNES, M.C., was the city electrical and transport engineer to the Corporation of Lancaster for thirty-eight years, having held that appointment since 1910 until his retirement in 1948.

He was born in 1884 and received his technical education at the Sandycroft and Chester Institutes and also at technical schools in Lancaster. After serving his apprenticeship with the Sandycroft Foundry Co in Chester from 1900 to 1905, passing through the shops and drawing office, he obtained further training under Mr. Enfield Taylor, M.I.C.E., as assistant engineer for a brief period. In 1905 he was appointed assistant engineer in the electricity department of Lancaster' Corporation and was subsequently made station superintendent with responsibility for plans and estimates for extensions to the tramways and with control of the staff. Major Milnes served for ten years in the 5th battalion of the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment and rose to be second in command. He was on active service in France in the 1914-18 war and later was attached to the War Office and the Air Ministry, in which latter appointment he was engaged on power station design and equipment. He had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1911 and was also a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers. His death occurred in the Royal Lancaster Infirmary on 2nd January 1951."

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