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Richard Jarvis

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Richard Jarvis (c1858-1947)

1948 Obituary [1]

"RICHARD JARVIS was for seventeen years resident engineer in Russia for Messrs. Mather and Platt, Ltd., where at St. Petersburg he had obtained his early education. Later he attended classes at the Mechanics Institute, Bolton, and at the Queen Street Institute, in Manchester. On the conclusion in 1880 of seven years' practical training in the engine department of Messrs. Hick Hargreaves and Company, Ltd., general engineers, of Bolton, he remained with that firm as a journeyman for another year. He then found employment in a similar capacity, and later as foreman, in Messrs. Mather and Platt's Salford Iron Works. From 1885 to 1891 he gained experience in the locomotive repair shops of the New Zealand Government Railways, and in 1892 he entered upon his final position at Moscow, which he held until 1908, when he retired and returned to reside in this country. Emerging from his retirement during the war of 1914-18 he offered his services to aid the war effort, and became attached to the carriage inspection department of the Ministry of Munitions, in the N.W. area of which he served for three years. Mr. Jarvis was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1902, and was transferred to Membership in 1906. His death occurred at Belfast on 4th May 1947, in his eighty-ninth year."

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