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Hervey Carleton Hawkins

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Hervey Carleton Hawkins (1883-1952)


1953 Obituary [1]


Col. HERVEY CARLETON HAWKINS. M.C.. T.D., who was born in 1883, received his education at the City of London School and at the City and Guilds of London Technical College, Finsbury, where he took a mechanical engineering course.

After serving an apprenticeship under the late Mr. Drummond in the locomotive department of the London and South Western Railway at Nine Elms, he continued in the service of the company and was employed in the millwright department for four years.

In 1909 he joined the staff of the Mond Nickel Company, Ltd., South Wales, as a mechanical engineer and was placed in charge of nickel extraction. Later he was concerned with the erection of plant.

He served throughout the 1914-18 war with a commission in the Territorial Force in France, and was awarded the Military Cross.

He returned to the Mond Nickel Company in 1919 and after carrying out general engineering duties, including the erection and starting up of new plant, was made assistant works manager with responsibility for all plant at the works and with control of the erection drawing office and maintenance staff.

He remained with that firm for some years until he obtained an appointment as general manager to G. S. Mascall, Son and Company, Ltd., London, surgical instrument makers. Subsequently he held the same position with Surgical Equipment Supplies, Ltd., and more recently he had been manager of government training centres, mostly in the north of England, for the Ministry of Labour.

Col. Hawkins was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1912 and transferred to Membership in 1925. His death occurred on 6th April 1952 at which time he was in the employ of the Irak Petroleum Company. Col. Hawkins served for twenty-five years in the 6th Battalion of the Welsh Regiment.


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