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Gerald Ryher Wilson (1884-1951)
1952 Obituary 
"Eng. Lt.-Cdr. GERALD RYHER WILTON, R.N. ret., received his general education in Russia and his technical training at Lincoln Technical School. On the completion of a five-year apprenticeship with Robey and Company, Ltd., Lincoln, engineers, in 1904, he served as marine engineer in several ships for three years. He then secured an appointment as engineer to the Caucasus Copper Co at Batoum, with responsibility for the erection of the crushing mills and the maintenance of the entire plant. After holding this position for four years he took over the duties of engineer manager at the timber mills of Briskin Brothers in the Crimea. In 1915 he joined the Royal Navy and was later commissioned as engineer lieutenant. He saw service in the Baltic and White Sea and was demobilized in 1919 with the rank of lieutenant-commander. After five years' experience in New Zealand, where he was, first, assistant engineer at power stations for Wilson's Portland Cement Co and latterly engineer-in-charge at hydroelectric stations, he retired and carried out experimental work. From 1934 until 1939 he had held the position of shift engineer to the Colne Valley Water Co, Watford. Cdr. Wilton, whose death in his sixty-seventh year occurred on 2nd April 1951, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1936."