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Samuel Holt Donnelly

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Samuel Holt Donnelly (1875-1919)

1919 Obituary [1]

SAMUEL HOLT DONNELLY was born at Swinton, Lancs., on 1st November 1875.

His education was received at schools in Manchester and at the Municipal School of Technology.

In 1890 he began an apprenticeship of seven years with Messrs. Turner and Sons, textile machinery works, Manchester, which was completed at the Salford Gas Works, where he afterwards worked as assistant engineer for two years.

He then became chief assistant to Messrs. Rouse and Co., engineers, Manchester, and to Messrs. Luke and Co., of the same city. During this time he was also assistant instructor at the Municipal School of Technology.

In 1906 he went to Letchworth as assistant engineer at the Garden City, and when the surveyor and sanitary inspector to the Hitchin Rural Council joined the Army he undertook their duties. Subsequently he was appointed assistant engineer of the Road Board at Salisbury, and in 1918 he became resident engineer at the Eastleigh Aerodrome, near Southampton, but while there he had pneumonia following influenza.

Subsequently he returned to his home at Letchworth, but his death took place five weeks later, on 29th April 1919, in his forty-fourth year.

He was elected an Associate Member of this Institution in 1912.

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