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Alfred Edward Williams

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Alfred Edward Williams (c1888-1955)

1956 Obituary [1]

Alfred Edward Williams, O.B.E., V.D., who died on 18th October 1955, at the age of sixty-seven, rendered valuable service to the Institution as the Honorary Corresponding Member for India, from 1924 to 1932. He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1911, and was transferred to Member in 1919; he was also a Member of the Institution of Locomotive Engineers.

He was educated at Ashford (Kent) Grammar School and Glasgow Technical College, and served an apprenticeship for six years with South Eastern and Chatham Railway, Ashford, Kent, afterwards being engaged with the North British Locomotive Co., Ltd., for seven years.

In 1907 he joined the Great India Peninsular Railway as Chief Draughtsman. After filling various progressive positions he became District Locomotive Superintendent, and finally was appointed Chief Mechanical Engineer, which post he held until 1933.

From then until 1939 he was employed with J. Stone and Co., Ltd., Deptford.

During the 1914-18 war his services included the design and equipment of armoured trains for service on Indian railways; he commanded an armoured train operating on the east coast of India from 1916 to 1917. He was decorated with the O.B.E. and held the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the Auxiliary Force (India).

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