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George Edward Andrew

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George Edward Andrew (1869-1945)

1947 Obituary [1]

"Captain (E.) GEORGE EDWARD ANDREW, C.B.,R.N., ret., was born in 1869 and served a seven years' apprenticeship in the works of the Great Western Railway at Swindon, on the termination of which in 1890 he continued in the service of the railway company as a draughtsman for a further two years.

During both these periods he attended the Swindon Mechanics Institute for his mechanical instruction. He also studied at the Kaiser Wilhelm Universitat in Berlin and obtained the second prize for mechanical engineering at the City and Guilds Engineering College in 1891. A year later he entered the Royal Navy as a probationer and after a period of training in the depot at Chatham served at sea, his ships including Trafalgar and Nelson. He was promoted to the rank of Lieut. (E.) in 1899 and to Commr. (E.) at the close of a three years' appointment as assistant engineer manager at Devonport Dockyard in 1910.

During the war of 1914-18 he saw service afloat and was present on board HMS Kent at the Battle of the Falklands in November 1914. He received a mention in dispatches and in 1916 was awarded the C.B. After three years' service as assistant manager in the engineering department at Chatham Dockyard he retired in 1919 with the rank of Captain (E.).

His death occurred on 12th November 1945. Captain Andrew had been a Member of the Institution for forty-six years, having been elected in 1899."

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