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Alexander Thomas Spears

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Alexander Thomas Spears (1877-1927)

1927 Obituary [1]

ALEXANDER THOMAS SPEARS was throughout his career in the service of the Admiralty.

Born at Sheerness in 1877, he took first place in the Sheerness Dockyard list in the Civil Service examination for dockyard apprentices in 1892, and commenced a nine years' training and apprenticeship.

In 1898 he entered the drawing office at Sheerness, qualifying in the Civil Service examination for draughtsmen in 1899.

In 1902 he was appointed to the Engineer-in-Chief's Department at the Admiralty, and in 1910 became a senior draughtsman in the Dockyard Department.

From 1911 to 1923 he was engaged as an Admiralty machinery overseer, and in 1924 was appointed to assist the chief engineer at Pembroke Dockyard.

In 1925 he returned to the Admiralty as examiner of dockyard work.

His death occurred on 7th November 1927.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1926.

1927 Obituary[2]

The Late Mr. A. T. Spears.—As the result of a motoring accident, the untimely death occurred, on November 7, of Mr. Alexander Thomas Spears, Examiner of Dockyard Work, on the staff of the Director of Dockyards at the Admiralty. Mr. Spears received his early engineering training at H.M. Dockyard, Sheemess, and after a period of service in the drawing office at that dockyard, he was appointed, in 1903, to the Engineer-in-Chief’s department at the Admiralty, and later to the Department of the Director of Dockyards. From 1911 to 1923, Mr. Spears served as Admiralty Machinery Overseer in Scotland, subsequently taking up an engineering appointment in H.M. Dockyard, Pembroke. Since 1925, he had held the position of Examiner of Dockyard Work at the Admiralty. Mr. Spears, who was 50 years of age at the time of his death, became a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 1926.

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