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Kenneth Digby Tweedie

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Kenneth Digby Tweedie (1873-1910)


1910 Obituary [1]

KENNETH DIGBY TWEEDIE was born at Bickley, Kent, on 10th March 1873.

He was educated first at a private school at Surbiton, and then went for four years to Repton School.

After spending some years in New Zealand learning farming, he returned to England and commenced an apprenticeship with Messrs. Davis and Co., marine and general engineers of Poplar and Lowestoft, going through the shops, foundry and drawing office.

From August 1900 to June in the following year he worked at the Ashford Works of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway, and then had a few months' experience of foot-plate work on goods and fast trains.

This was followed by engagements in the erecting shops of Messrs. Sharp, Stewart and Co., Atlas Works, Glasgow, and in the Midland Railway Works at Kentish Town.

On leaving the latter company in 1903 he went into the service of Messrs. Barry, Leslie and Co., consulting engineers, of Westminster, where he was employed on the designs of stock and engines for the Shanghai and Nanking Railway. After having seen the erection of the locomotives in this country he was appointed locomotive superintendent on that railway, in which capacity he went to China and superintended the re-erection of the engines.

After three years' service in that position, he entered the employment of Messrs. Jardine, Matheson and Co., of London and China, and in the latter part of 1909 he went to Peking as representative of the firm.

He was an enthusiastic Volunteer, and served with the New Zealand Mounted Rifles in that Colony and in the London Scottish when in London.

His death took place in Peking on 17th February 1910, in his thirty-seventh year.

He was elected an Associate Member of this Institution in 1903.


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