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Vyvyan Oswald Davis

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Vyvyan Oswald Davis (1885-1918)

1919 Obituary [1]

VYVYAN OSWALD DAVIS was born in London, in 1885, and, after having received his early education at St. Augustine's College, Ramsgate, and at Wimbledon College, became a pupil at the City and Guilds Engineering College, South Kensington, where he was awarded the Mitchell Scholarship.

On the completion of his studies at the last College, he entered the works of Messrs. C. A. Parsons and Company at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where he remained for a period of five years, for the greater part of this time having charge of all electrical testing.

In 1909 he entered the service of the A.E.G. as sales manager in this country, but left it three years later to join the staff of the British Thomson-Houston Company at Rugby. After a short stay there he was appointed by this firm as manager of their Newcastle and Middlesbrough offices, a position which he retained until the beginning of the War, when he received a commission in the Royal Engineers.

He proceeded to France in 1915, and after a year's service in the Ypres sector was invalided home. On the termination of a brief period of home service, he was released from the Army to resume his employment at Newcastle. He died on the 6th November, 1918, of pneumonia following upon influenza, his heart having become affected as the result of "gassing" while on active service.

He was elected a Student of the Institution in 1903, became an Associate Member in 1911, and a Member in February 1918.

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