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James Lindsay Travers

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Wing-Commander James Lindsay Travers Junior (1883-1924), O.B.E., Assoc. M. Inst. C.E., Mechanical Engineer.

1883 Born in Kensington[1] son of James Lindsay Travers and his wife Emma Louise

1884 Baptised[2]

Educated at Wellington College and King's College, London.

Worked for Legros and Knowles, Willesden.

1909-10 Experimental work on Aeroplane engines and aeroplanes at Eastchurch

1911-12 Worked for Short Brothers

1911 Gained his aviator's certificate at Hendon[3]

1913 Joined Royal Flying Corps, Naval Wing. Continually engaged in experimental work on Naval aircraft and engines until 1919.

Chief work was the organization and management of the Test Depot, Grain, Kent.

By 1922 was also an Associate Member, Institution of Automobile Engineers; Fellow, Royal Aeronautical Society, Member of the Royal Aero Club.

1924 Died on 14 February at Croydon Aerodrome[4]



1923/24 Obituary [5]

James Lindsay Travers was born in 1886, and after receiving his technical education at King's College was apprenticed with the firm of Legros and Knowles, Willesden Junction.

Thenceforward he devoted himself especially to aeronautical engineering, and conducted experimental work with Prof. Huntington, at Eastchurch. After spending several years on experimental work, he took his pilot's certificate at the Graham-White School, and subsequently occupied various positions as designer and instructor in aviation.

He was elected a Graduate of the Institution of Automobile Engineers in 1907, and was transferred to Associate Member in 1912.

During the war he rendered splendid service in the Royal Air Force, attaining the rank of Lieut.-Colonel, and was subsequently in charge of Technical Information under the Controller General of Civil Aviation at the Air Board.

In 1920 he accepted an appointment as aviation expert to the Chilean Government.

He met his death in a singularly unfortunate manner owing to the crashing of a monoplane during its trial flight at Croydon Aerodrome


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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. Parish records
  3. Royal Aero Club records
  4. National probate calendar
  5. 1923/24 Institution of Automobile Engineers: Obituaries‎