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James McVicar

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James McVicar (1906-1941)

1941 Obituary [1]

Major JAMES MCVICAR, R.A.O.C., was born in 1906 and educated at Glasgow High School and Glasgow University where he graduated B.Sc. in engineering with first-class honours in 1928. He served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Mavor and Coulson, Ltd., from 1924 to 1929 and was subsequently employed for three months with that firm as a mechanical draughtsman. He was substation shift-charge engineer with the Glasgow Corporation Electricity Department until 1931 when he was appointed an Ordnance Mechanical Engineer, 4th Class, his duties being to take charge of the inspection of vehicles in the Aldershot Command, and to act as assistant to the officer-in-charge of the vehicle repair shop.

In 1938 he became instructor of wireless repairs at the Military College of Science and a few weeks before his death he was transferred to the War Office to take charge of the wireless section of the R.A.O.C. Major McVicar, who was killed on active service on 22nd September 1940, was elected a Graduate of the Institution in 1935 and was transferred to Associate Membership in 1936.

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