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Kenneth Robert Napier Speir (1877- )
1922 Mechanical and Electrical Engineer, Manager's Office, Midland Railway, Fenchurch Street Terminus, London, E.C. T. A.: "Litser, Fen, London." T. N.: Avenue 4376. b. 1877; second s. of R. T. N. Speir of Culdees, N.B., and Honourable Emily Speir. Ed. Hadley and Pembroke Colleges, Cambridge. Apprenticeship with Midland Locomotive and Electrical Shops, Derby. General Secretary, Egyptian Government Railways, 1905-8; Assistant to General Superintendent, Midland Railway, 1908-13; Superintendent of Operation, Midland Railway, 1913-4 9. Now General Superintendent's Operating Assistant, London and Tilbury Section, Midland Railway. Member of Boodle's Club, St. James's Street, S.W. War Services.—Joined R.N.V.R. as Lieutenant, 1914; overseas, December, 1914; transferred Royal Engineers, 1915, rank of Major; Second-inCommand Operating Division, as Lieut.-Colonel, 1917. Received D.S.O., Legion of Honour (French). Twice mentioned in Dispatches. 1914-15 Star. South African War, 1900-I, Queen's Medal with four clasps.