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Harold Marmion Royle

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Harold Marmion Royle (1878-1949)

1950 Obituary [1]

"HAROLD MARMION ROYLE, whose death occurred at Southend, on 24th August 1949, was in the service of the Gas Light and Coke Company for forty-six years.

He was born in 1878 and received his technical education at the City and Guilds Technical College, Finsbury, and at the Polytechnic, Regent Street, London. After four years' experience as assistant to the London Distilling and Yeast Co, he entered the service of the Gas Light and Coke Co in 1900, as a chemist, at Beckton. Subsequently, he held the positions of junior assistant and senior assistant engineer, before his transference in 1917 to Kensal Green as chief assistant engineer. In 1927 he was appointed station engineer at the Richmond Gas Works, where he was responsible for the erection and putting into operation of a carbonizing plant comprising forty retorts. His final appointment which he held for sixteen years was that of station engineer at Southend. During that period the works were entirely rebuilt and a new coke plant and electrical equipment were provided. He retired from active work in September 1947, but continued to serve on the council until his death. At the time of his death he had just been appointed to the Consultative Council of the North Thames Gas Board. Mr. Royle was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1920, and was transferred to Membership in 1932. He was also a Fellow of the Chemical Society and of the Institute of Fuel."

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