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Thomas Arthur Pratt May

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Thomas Arthur Pratt May (1874-1910)

1910 Obituary [1]

THOMAS ARTHUR PRATT MAY was born at Greenwich on 3rd November 1874.

After receiving his scholastic education, he was apprenticed, at the age of seventeen, at the works of Messrs. John Penn and Sons, of Greenwich. On the completion of his term in 1895, he remained with the firm as draughtsman until June 1897.

He then decided to take up the mining branch of engineering, and with this object he entered the service of the Kent Coal Co., and superintended boring operations. He subsequently proceeded to China as engineer-in-charge of similar investigations for the British and Chinese Corporation.

After about ten years in China, he undertook researches for petroleum in Trinidad on behalf of a syndicate formed for this purpose, and having been highly successful he was appointed manager of the properties of the Trinidad Oilfields, Ltd.

His death took place from typhoid fever at Princetown, Trinidad, on 6th April 1910, at the age of thirty-five.

He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1906.

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