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Albert Woodburn Jones

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Albert Woodburn Jones (1886-1946)

1947 Obituary [1]

"Major ALBERT WOODBURN JONES, R.E.M.E., who was born in 1886, received his technical education at the Liverpool Technical College, obtaining first-class certificates in all five subjects, including electricity and magnetism. At the same time he benefited by special tuition at the University.

His apprenticeship was served in Liverpool with Messrs. Higginson and Company, Ltd., marine engineers, and with Messrs. Campbell and Isherwood, Ltd., electrical engineers, from 1903 to 1909.

He then spent three years at sea as a marine engineer, during which period he obtained his Board of Trade First-class Engineer's Certificate and in addition received the Diesel Engine Diploma.

In 1914 he was awarded a commission as engineer-lieutenant in the Royal Navy and was present at the operations in the Dardanelles.

On relinquishing his commission in the following year, he obtained an appointment as assistant works manager to Messrs. Cammell Laird and Company, Ltd., at Birkenhead, with whom he remained thirteen years.

His next position was that of engineer to Messrs. James Tate and Company, electrical engineers, of Bradford, but after three years' experience in the manufacture of dynamos and other electrical plant, he began to act in an advisory capacity for several insurance companies in connection with a variety of industrial schemes, and was also concerned with the inspection of machinery on their behalf.

In 1941 he was granted a commission as lieutenant in the R.A.O.C. Subsequently he was promoted to the rank of captain and more recently to that of acting major. On transference to the R.E.M.E. in 1942 he was posted to the command of workshops in Herts with the rank of temporary major, where he was in charge of a personnel of some 500.

Major Jones, whose death occurred on 17th November 1946, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1943."

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