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Ernest Blackstone Blyth

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Ernest Blackstone Blyth (1876-1914)

1914 Obituary [1]

ERNEST BLACKSTONE BLYTH was born at Southam, Warwickshire, on 19th September 1876, and was educated at Warwick School and at Rugby.

In 1896 he went to the Royal College of Science, South Kensington, and studied mechanics under Professor Perry, and geology under Professor Judd, with the intention of taking up mining engineering as a profession.

In 1897 he joined the staff of a mining company in Wales where he remained for a short time.

With the object of obtaining further mechanical experience, he went through the works of Messrs. Haslam and Co., Derby, and then joined the staff of Messrs. Bramwell and Harris, Westminster, with whom he remained until he was appointed manager of the Owen Stone Company of Scotland.

In June 1901 he was appointed engineer to Messrs. Charles Nelson and Co., Ltd., Cement Manufacturers, Stockton, Warwickshire, and remained with them for about four years, when he came to London to take up other work.

In 1908, his health gave way, and he remained practically an invalid until his death on 1st June 1914, in his thirty-eighth year. His principal constructive work was carried out during the years he was with Messrs. Charles Nelson and Co., and was concerned with special machinery used in cement manufacture. If his life had not unfortunately been cut short by illness, he would in all probability have risen to a high position in the profession.

He was elected an Associate Member of this Institution in 1902, having been previously a Graduate from 1899.

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