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Robert Arthur Milford Tweedy

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Robert Arthur Milford Tweedy (1901-1946)

1947 Obituary [1]

"Lt.-Colonel RORERT ARTHUR MILFORD TWEEDY was killed on active service in the Dutch East Indies in 1946; he was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1931.

He was born in 1901, and after completing his general education at Monmouth Grammar and Sherborne Schools took a mechanical engineering course at the City and Guilds College, South Kensington, obtaining the College diploma and graduating B.Sc. in 1922. His apprenticeship was served with Messrs. Swan, Hunter, and Richardson, Ltd., at Walker on Tyne, in whose service he continued as a draughtsman for a brief period. After undergoing a training course at Woolwich he joined the R.A.O.C, in 1927 as lieutenant, being assistant to the officer in charge of the repair shop at Tidworth Camp, and later officer in charge of armament inspections.

In 1930, as O.M.E., he was placed in charge of the camp's repair shop with responsibility for the maintenance of all gun tractors, light tanks, etc., on Salisbury Plain and the South Midland Area. From 1933 to 1938 be served in India, and on his return to England was seconded to the India Office, where he acted as Technical Adviser until 1942. At the conclusion of a senior officer's course he proceeded overseas in the following year and saw service in Ceylon, India and Burma. Later he was posted to the H.Q. of the 15th Indian Corps as D.D.M.E., which which he was transferred to Batavia. Colonel Tweedy was killed on the island of Bali, his burial taking place with full military honours at Sourabaya, Java."

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