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Guy Stafford Thorne

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Guy Stafford Thorne (1882-1917)

1919 Obituary [1]

CAPTAIN GUY STAFFORD THORNE died of wounds as a prisoner of war after having been shot down at Arras on the 18th March, 1917.

He was born at Wolverhampton in 1882, and, after having received his early education at the Grammar School of that town, entered the works of Messrs. Bellis and Morcom as an apprentice. Whilst serving his apprenticeship he attended evening classes at the Birmingham Technical School.

On the completion of his indentures in 1904, he became chief assistant tester and subsequently outworking inspector and tester with Messrs. Bellis and Morcom.

In May 1906 he was appointed chief assistant electrical engineer to the China Light and Power Company, becoming a few months later engineer-in-charge at the Canton Station.

In July 1909 he was appointed Manager of the Chinese Government Power Company at Canton, a position which he retained until the outbreak of hostilities.

He then returned to England, and, after having been appointed to a commission in the Royal Flying Corps, went to France in May 1916, being subsequently mentioned in despatches.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1912, and became a Member in 1914.

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