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Ernest Alfred Rankin

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Ernest Alfred Rankin (1872-1919)

1920 Obituary [1]

ERNEST ALFRED RANKIN was born on 2nd March 1872.

His scholastic training was received at Uxbridge Grammar School, which was followed by a five-years' apprenticeship in the shops of Messrs Plenty and Son, marine engineers, Newbury.

In 1894 he entered the employment of the Royal Mail Steam Ship Co. as 6th Engineer, and in the following year he obtained experience as outside fitter in the docks.

Subsequently he was engaged as a draughtsman with Messrs. E. S. Hindley, of Bourton, Dorset, and, other firms.

During the War he worked for the Ministry of Munitions and the Trench Warfare Department, his headquarters being at Bristol.

His health, however, was not robust enough to endure the hard work which necessitated much travelling, and his death took place from heart failure, after a short illness, on 22nd February 1919, in his forty-seventh year.

He was elected an Associate Member of this Institution in 1902.

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