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Lionel Lincoln Smith

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Lionel Lincoln Smith (1872-1903)

1903 Obituary [1]

LIONEL LINCOLN SMITH was born at Peterborough on 21st July 1872, and received his education at a school at Enfield.

On its termination he studied at the City and Guilds of London Institute, where he obtained first-class honours in mechanical engineering.

He served an apprenticeship from 1888 to 1892 at the Royal Small Arms Factory, Enfield, as a fitter, and for three months afterwards was employed as engineer fitter at the London Small Arms Co.

In 1893 he went to Messrs. Thornycroft's works at Chiswick, where be remained nearly two years, being subsequently employed for a short time at the Birmingham Small Arms and Metal Co., and at the Royal Dockyard at Sheerness.

In 1895 he was engaged at the Royal Laboratory, Woolwich, and was promoted in 1898 to be foreman of mechanics, a position in which he was immediately associated with the production of drawn-metal cartridge cases and the machinery in connection therewith. Subsequently he was appointed to the position of mechanical adviser to the manager of the Royal Laboratory Department; and just prior to his death lie was recommended for the post of assistant-manager of the composition establishment.

On three occasions he had saved life from drowning, and bad received the medal of the Royal Humane Society.

His death took place at Plumstead on 23rd July 1903, at the age of thirty-one.

He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1901.

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