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Reginald Keble Morcom

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Reginald Keble Morcom (1877-1961), electrical engineer.

1877 Born Madron, Cornwall, son of Alfred Morcom

Educated at Marlborough College

1896 Matriculated at Cambridge University

1899 Graduated

1901 joined the company of Belliss and Morcom, later rising to become chairman[1]

1904 Married Frances Isobel Swan, in Kensington.[2] She was the daughter of Joseph Swan

1911 Living in Bromsgrove with his wife, Isobel (born Gateshead), and son Rupert (aged 4 years)[3]

Had son Christopher who died 13th February 1930 - friend of Alan Turing at Sherbourne

WWI: Lieut. Colonel R.E., C.B.E., 1919; mentioned twice in despatches.

Director of Messrs Belliss and Morcom

1961 Died at Bromsgrove

1961 Obituary [4]

1961 Obituary[5]

"LIEUT.-COLONEL R. K. MORCOM WE regret to announce the death of Lieut.-Colonel Reginald Keble Morcom, C.B.E., which took place on May 8 at the age of eighty-four.

Reginald Keble Morcom was born in Cornwall in 1877 the son of Alfred Morcom, one of the founders of the Birmingham engineering firm of Belliss and Morcom, Ltd. He was educated at Martborough and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he took his M.A. degree. Colonel Morcom served throughout the 1914-18 war in the Royal Engineers, and was mentioned in dispatches. In 1919 he was made a C.B.E.

His early engineering training was received at G. E. Belliss and Co (as the firm was then styled) and Siemens Brothers, and except for the period when he was on war service Colonel Morcom spent the whole of his long career in engineering with Belliss and Morcom, of which he was elected a director in 1904. He became chairman of the company later, and retired from this position two years ago. Colonel Morcom also became chairman of W. Sisson and Co., Gloucester in 1948.

Colonel Morcom was a member of the Institutions of Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, and of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects. He was a member of the British Economic Mission to the Far East in 1930, a vice-president of the British Electrical and Allied Manufacturer's Association and of the Federation of British Industries. Besides his many business and professional institution interests, Colonel Morcom found time to take part in municipal affairs and was a former member of Birmingham City Council."

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Sources of Information

  1. Biography of Alfred Morcom, ODNB
  2. London and Surrey, England, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1597-1921
  3. 1911 Census
  4. 1961 Institution of Civil Engineers: Obituaries
  5. The Engineer 1961 Jan-Jun
  • Cambridge Alumni records