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Alfred Harry Huddart

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Alfred Harry Huddart (c1884-1941)

1942 Obituary [1]

Major ALFRED HARRY HUDDART, M.B.E., R.A.S.C., was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1940 only a year before his death, which occurred on 28th October 1941, in his fifty-seventh year. He served his apprenticeship from 1901 to 1905 in the locomotive and carriage department of the North London Railway at Bow, on the completion of which he was appointed junior assistant engineer at the Willesden power house. He subsequently joined Messrs. J. Stone and Company, of Deptford, with which firm he remained for five years, till 1911.

He then entered upon a period of service for three years with the Crown Agents for the Colonies, as resident inspection engineer. In 1914 he was attached to the R.A.S.C. with the rank of lieutenant; he was subsequently promoted to the rank of major and became assistant director of mechanized transport supply at London Headquarters, for which services he received the M.B.E. On his return to civil employment in 1921 he entered the service of the London County Council, and for a brief period held the position of superintendent of the ambulance service. T

he next three years were spent in India where he was controller of mechanical stores for the Great Indian Peninsula Railway at Bombay. On vacating this appointment in 1925 he resumed his duties with the Crown Agents in the same capacity as before, but in the following year he took up an appointment with the Egyptian State Railways, as manager of the carriage and wagon works. In 1933 he returned to England and went into practice on his own account as a consulting engineer at Newcastle upon Tyne. When the present war began in 1939, although fifty-four years of age, he volunteered for service with the Army and was restored to the establishment, his duties being those of an impressment officer and instructor in technical services.

Major Huddart was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and an Associate Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

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