Richard Thorpe (1880-1937)
1937 Obituary 
RICHARD THORPE was born at Bradford in 1880 and studied engineering at the Technical College, Bradford, from 1895 to 1897, when he became an apprentice in the Doncaster works of the Great Northern Railway. He completed his training with Messrs. John Brown and Company, Ltd., of Clydebank, and with the United States Metallic Packing Company, of Bradford. After four years' experience at sea as a marine engineer, during which time he gained his first-class Board of Trade Certificate, he joined the British Thomson-Houston Company, Ltd., at Rugby and supervised the installation of turbo-alternators in the British Isles and the south of France. Five years later, in 1911, he went to Dublin as power superintendent to the Dublin United Tramways Company, Ltd. He served during the War as a lieutenant (honorary rank) in the land forces and was engaged on the inspection and testing of aeroplanes. In 1920 he was appointed branch engineer at the Halifax works of the Bradford Dyers' Association, and remained with the firm until his retirement in 1931. His death occurred on 9th December 1937.
He had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1914.