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Richard Arthur Smallwood

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Richard Arthur Smallwood (1906-1944)


1946 Obituary [1]

Lt.-Colonel RICHARD ARTHUR SMALLWOOD, R.T.R., whose death on active service occurred in October 1944, was born in 1906 and educated at Repton School. After three years' employment as a clerk in the office of the General Steam Navigation Company, Ltd., he was granted a commission in the Royal Tank Corps in 1927. On the completion of a three years' course of instruction at the Military College of Science, Lydd, Kent, he was subsequently appointed Staff Captain at the College, where he was closely concerned with the design and production of tanks.

In 1939 he was attached to the Ministry of Supply as Deputy Assistant Director of Mechanization (Tanks) and in 1941 he was promoted to be Assistant Director. In 1943 he went to India on active service in connection with the technical performance of armoured fighting vehicles, and he was there taken ill and died.

Colonel Smallwood was elected an Associate of the Institution in 1943.


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