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Horace Turner

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Horace Turner ( -1972)

1972 Obituary [1]

Horace Turner, OBE (Fellow) died on Jun 4. Born in Derby, he was educated at Derby Municipal Secondary School and Derby Technical College, later joining the Midland Railway as a privileged apprentice, under the then Chief Engineer, Sir Henry Fowler.

In the First World War he joined the Aeronautical Inspection Department and was commissioned a Lieutenant in the Army (General List). On the formation of the RAF in Apr 1918 he was commissioned a Flight Lieutenant and was stationed in Coventry at the Daimler Works inspecting aero engines. After the War he joined Daimlers to become Chief Inspector and later Chief Inspector of the Shadow Factory.

In 1938 he joined D. Napier and Son, Acton, to be appointed Works Manager of their Shadow Factory at Liverpool in 1940. In 1943 he joined the Admiralty as Deputy Superintendent of the Royal Naval Torpedo Factory at Gourock and was awarded the OBE in 1949. In 1950 he became Superintendent of RNTF and in 1958 returned to Southport.

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