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Martin Richard Furneaux Hennessy Stuart

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Martin Richard Furneaux Hennessy Stuart (c1890-1941)

1942 Obituary [1]

MARTIN RICHARD FURNEAUX HENNESSY STUART received his technical education in mechanical and electrical engineering at the South Western Polytechnic and served his apprenticeship, from 1908 to 1912, with Messrs. Davey, Paxman and Company, at Colchester, with which firm he was associated for practically the whole of his professional career. After some additional experience as a draughtsman he took charge of the oil engine development from 1912 until 1914 in which year he joined the Army and having passed a special course at the Ordnance College, Woolwich, he was appointed 3rd class inspector of ordnance machinery in 1915.

He served in Belgium and France and became senior inspector in charge of the inspection and maintenance. of artillery equipment for the British Forces in Italy, in 1917; he also acted as advisory engineer and technical officer to the Inter-allied Commission of Control in Germany, and resigned with the rank of major in 1921. He then returned to Messrs. Davey, Paxman and Company as assistant works manager and in 1923 he was appointed representative at their London office and was also placed in charge of the service department. In 1928 he joined Agricultural and General Engineers, Ltd., as technical representative for Europe and North America, and from 1929 to 1931 he held the position of manager and engineer in the American section. In 1931 he rejoined Messrs. Davey, Paxman at their London office and remained with that firm up to the time of his death, which occurred on 14th May 1941 in his fifty-first year.

Mr. Stuart was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1931 and was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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