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Ernest Roberton Myers

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Ernest Roberton Myers (1882-1925)

1925/26 Obituary [1]

Ernest Roberton Myers was born in 1882, and was educated at Mill Hill School and Manchester University. He served his time with the British Westinghouse, Manchester, was for a short time with the makers of the White Steam Cars, and afterwards with Balfour, Beatty and Co of London.

For the five years prior to his death he occupied the position of overhead lines superintendent with the Liverpool Tramways. He died on 4th of June, 1925, in his forty-second year.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution of Automobile Engineers in 1920.

1926 Obituary [2]

ERNEST ROBERTON MYERS received his general education at Mill Hill School, London, and his technical education at Owens College, Manchester, where he specialized in electrical engineering.

He served his apprenticeship with the British Electrical and Manufacturing Co., Trafford Park, Manchester, and for a period of five years was constructional engineer in charge of the Manchester and Liverpool districts. During the latter period he was responsible for the carrying out of a number of large installations, including four turbo-alternators, auxiliaries and switchgear, at the Lister-drive power station of the Liverpool Corporation. He also installed motor-generators and switchgear at a number of the Corporation substations.

In 1912 he received an appointment with Messrs. Balfour, Beatty and Co., Ltd., as electrical engineer in charge of a number of tramway undertakings controlled by that company.

In 1920 he was appointed to the position of overhead lines superintendent of the Liverpool Corporation Tramways, and until the date of his death was responsible for the construction and maintenance of 160 miles of overhead lines.

Since the time when he was appointed, many new routes have been opened, and he carried out all the necessary new work in connection with the overhead equipment.

He was a man who took very great interest in his work, and his sudden death in June, 1925, was a great loss to the tramways undertaking and to his numerous friends, both in the Corporation and outside.

He joined the Institution in 1908 as an Associate Member, and became a Member in 1924.

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