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Institution of Automobile Engineers President 1918-19.

Alfred Arnold Remington (1877-1922)

1922 Obituary [1]

ALFRED ARNOLD REMINGTON, O.B.E., was born in 1877 at Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham.

After a short experience in Accountancy, he went to the drawing-office of Messrs. Kynoch, Ltd., and thence to the Wolseley Sheep Shearing Co., where a motor-car was designed that won a prize in one of the early Reliability Trials. As a result of this, a separate Company was formed under the title of The Wolseley Motor Car Co., in 1900, at Adderley Park, and Mr. Remington became Chief Designer until 1907, when he was appointed Chief Engineer.

During this period he designed the first internal-combustion engined submarine, A1. He was also associated with the design and production of the first British Airship Mayfly, and was intimately connected with all subsequent airship machinery up to and including 23 Class. For Captain Scott, R.N., the Antarctic Explorer, he designed and produced a great deal of the outfit for the British Antarctic Expedition.

During the War, Mr. Remington carried out a great amount of work in connexion with the formulation of the Airboard Steel Specifications, and was one of the pioneers of Standard Specifications for internal use in factories. He also rendered valuable assistance which led to the success of the Screw Thread and other British Engineering standards, and was awarded the O.B.E. for his services on the Air Board during the War.

His death took place on 25th July 1922, at the age of forty-five.

He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1904, a Member in 1912, and he was President of the Institution of Automobile Engineers during 1918-19.

1921/22 Obituary [2]

Alfred Arnold Remington was born at Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, in 1877. After being educated privately, he served a five years' apprenticeship with Kynoch, Ltd., and in 1900 was appointed Draughtsman to the Wolseley Sheep Shearing Co.

On the formation of the Wolseley Motor Car Co., Ltd., in 1901, he transferred his services to that firm in a similar capacity, and in, 1902 became Chief Draughtsman.

In 1905 he was appointed Chief Designer, and in 1907 Chief Engineer, a post which he occupied with conspicuous success until 1920, when he left the Wolseley Co. and became Technical Director of Karrier Motors, Ltd., Huddersfield.

In 1921 he returned to Birmingham in order to practise as a Consulting Engineer.

During the war, in connection with his position at the Wolseley Company, he carried out valuable designing work for the Air Board, and for these services he was awarded the O.B.E. Ho was indefatigable in his efforts for the progress of the automobile industry, one of his most important and useful contributions to its advancement being perhaps his Chairmanship of the Steel Research Committee of the Institution, which was responsible for the carrying out of the researches into the ten E.S.C. Standard Steels, of which the Report was issued in 1920. The research entailed a vast amount of work, and to his energy and initiative as Chairman of the Committee in its earlier stages much of its success was due.

He was also a very active supporter of automobile standardisation, and was a member of a number of the Automobile Sub-Committees of the British Engineering Standards Association.

He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1908, a Member of the Council in 1913, and was President during the Session 1918-19.

By his death on July 25th, 1922, at the early age of 45, the automobile industry loses one of its most prominent and active workers, while all those who were privileged to be associated with him will greatly miss his keen and genial personality.

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