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John Thomson Allison (c1897-1942)
1943 Obituary 
JOHN THOMSON ALLISON was killed by enemy action while gallantly assisting as a volunteer in the evacuation of wounded men from Burma on 26th April 1942, at the age of 45. Mr. Allison received his technical education at the Royal Technical College, Glasgow, and served his apprenticeship, from 1913 to 1918 with Messrs. Barclay, Curle and Company, Ltd., Glasgow. During the following eight years he sailed in ships of the British India Steam Navigation Company, Ltd., rising to be second engineer, and in this period he obtained his Board of Trade First-Class Engineer's Certificate.
He then entered the service of the Government of Burma and was appointed inspector of boilers (senior grade) with responsibility to the chief inspector for the annual inspection of all boilers on land, in one division of Burma, and for the maintenance of all repairs. In addition, since January 1935, he had also held the position of inspector of factories.
Mr. Allison was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1936.