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Edmund Walter Renny Pinkney

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Edmund Walter Renny Pinkney (c1877-1940), director of Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson

1940 Obituary [1]

WE regret to record the death of Colonel Edmund Walter Renny Pinkney, D.S.O., a director of Messrs. Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson, Limited, and general manager of their repair and dry-docks department, which took place at his home in Newcastle-on-Tyne, on October 21.

Colonel Pinkney, who was 63 years of age, was the second son of the late Mr. Thomas Pinkney, a well-known North-East Coast shipbroker, and was educated at Dulwich College, where he took an engineering course of three years before serving a five-years' apprenticeship at Messrs. William Allan and Company's Scotia Engine Works, Sunderland.

On completion of his apprenticeship, in 1896, he went to sea, and in due course obtained a Board of Trade first-class certificate. He continued to follow the sea until 1900, when he joined the firm of Messrs. Thomas Pinkney and Son, shipbrokers, in order to obtain commercial experience.

Three years later he was appointed to the ship-repairing staff of Messrs. Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson, becoming general manager of their dry-docks department in 1919, and being made a director of the firm in 1923.

A keen Territorial officer, Colonel Pinkney was on active service throughout the war of 1914-18, and, in 1916, was awarded the D.S.O. He also received the Territorial Decoration. He was a Justice of the Peace, and, in 1924, was appointed Deputy-Lieutenant of the county of Northumberland.

He was elected a member of the Institution of Naval Architects in 1925, and had been for some time vice-chairman of the Conference and Works Board of the Shipbuilding Employers' Federation.

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