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James Waddell

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James Waddell (1893-1942)

1942 Obituary [1]

JAMES WADDELL was lecturer in mechanical engineering at Heriot-Watt College, Edinburgh, where he was a member of the teaching staff for twenty-two years. He served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Marshall and Duguid, mechanical engineers, of Boness, from 1907 until 1913 in which year he received an appointment with the Fairfield Engineering and Shipbuilding Company as a charge hand. During the war of 1914—18 he served in Gallipoli and was later placed in charge of machine and fitting shops at Kantara, Egypt, where he was responsible for the maintenance of and rebuilding of steam and petrol locomotives.

At the Heriot-Watt College, Mr. Waddell, in addition to his lectures in mechanical engineering, took charge of the organization of classes in workshop practice, in which subject he was an external examiner to the Ministry of Education, Northern Ireland. His death occurred on 4th August 1941, in his forty-ninth year. He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1936.

1940/41 Obituary [2]

James Waddell was born in 1893 and was educated at Armadale School, Linlithgow, and the Heriot Watt College.

In 1907 he was apprenticed to Jas. Calder and Co. and received a general engineering training.

After a period of war service he was appointed Assistant Lecturer on the staff of Heriot Watt College and remained there as Lecturer in Engineering subjects until his death in 1941. He was 48 years of age.

He was elected an Associate Member in 1931.

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