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Robert Thomson (c1908-1945)

1946 Obituary [1]

ROBERT THOMSON, whose untimely death occurred on 20th May 1945 at the age of thirty-seven, received his education at George Heriot's School and at Heriot Watt College, Edinburgh. On the termination of a five years' apprenticeship with Messrs. Bruce Pebbles and Company, in 1928, he proceeded to India to take up an appointment as engineer to Messrs. Duncan Brothers and Company, tea planters, Calcutta, with responsibility for the maintenance and installation of plant, in addition to the management of the factory.

He relinquished this position in 1936 on account of ill-health, and returning to Scotland was employed for the next two years in the drawing office of the Edinburgh Corporation. After a brief period as draughtsman to the 3rd Anti-Aircraft Division he joined the staff of the War Department at Edinburgh, and was engaged as mechanical engineering assistant to the Inspector of R.E. machinery for that area, with a varied responsibility, including the preparation of designs, the supervision of installations and the inspection of all plant.

Mr. Thomson was elected an Associate of the Institution in 1943.

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