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Ernest George Ireland

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Ernest George Ireland ( -1943)


1944 Obituary [1]

ERNEST GEORGE IRELAND was associated with the Great Western Railway throughout the whole of his professional career. After serving his apprenticeship in the works at Swindon he gained further technical training and practical experience in the laboratories and drawing offices until 1899, when he was made assistant superintendent in the locomotive, carriage, and wagon department at Swindon. From 1903 to 1906 he occupied a similar position at Wolverhampton.

He was then promoted to be superintendent of the same department at Worcester, where he was responsible for the running and maintenance of all vehicles. Seven years later he became superintendent of the Swindon division, and during his tenure of this appointment he had the additional responsibility for the transport of troops and their equipment between Salisbury Plain and the South Midlands during the war of 1914-18. His final position was that of superintendent of the Newport (Monmouthshire) Division, where he was in charge of locomotive, carriage, and wagon running and maintenance. He continued to hold this appointment until his retirement at the close of 1932.

Mr. Ireland was elected a Member of the Institution in 1920. His death occurred on 30th March 1943.


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