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Sidney Rickman Adams

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Sidney Rickman Adams (1870-1920)


1921 Obituary [1]

SIDNEY RICKMAN ADAMS was born at Liege, Belgium, on 30th August 1870.

After studying at the Finsbury Technical College he went into the shops of Messrs. Palmer and Co., Jarrow-on-Tyne, for about two years, and then entered as a pupil at the Nine Elms Works of the London and South Western Railway.

In 1893 he went to South Africa to take charge of the construction of a mill, cyanide plant, etc., at the Langlaate Royal Gold Milling Co. Subsequently he joined the staff of the Consolidated Goldfields of South Africa, and served in the Matabele and Boer Wars.

After working for some other mining companies, he returned to London in 1910 to take up the position of consulting engineer to the Oceana Consolidated Co.

Soon after the outbreak of War he joined the Forces in August 1914, although over age, and obtained quick promotion, and went to Gallipoli in the Royal Naval Division, with the rank of Major.

Later he was sent to France with the Royal Engineers, and suffered there under one of the gas attacks.

On demobilization in 1920 he joined the staff of the Ridge Roasting Furnace and Engineering Co., in charge of the erection of plant at the works of the Anglo-Persian Oil Co., at Abadan, in Persia.

After a short illness, due to the intense heat, he died from heart failure on 2nd November 1920, at the age of fifty.

He became a Graduate of this Institution in 1892, an Associate Member in 1897, and a Member in 1911.



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