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Alfred Richmond Sillar

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Alfred Richmond Sillar (1871-1913)

1914 Obituary [1]

ALFRED RICHMOND SILLAR, born on the 22nd April, 1871, was educated at Shrewsbury and at the City and Guilds Technical Institute, Finsbury.

He served a two years' apprenticeship with the Electrical Engineering Corporation, and was then employed by Messrs. J. G. Statter & Co., first as an improver, and subsequently as outside foreman.

In 1895 he became Outside Manager to Messrs. Foote & Milne, and a year later was appointed Resident Engineer to the Blackpool Winter Garden and Pavilion Company, where he had charge of what was at that time one of the largest private installations in this country.

In 1899 he was appointed Resident Electrical Engineer at Colchester, and also supervised the construction of the electric tramways in that town.

He left Colchester in 1911 on being appointed Chief Engineer to the Chinese Chartered Electric Lighting Company of Pekin, which position he occupied until his death on the 20th May, 1914.

He joined the Institution in 1892 as a Student, and was elected an Associate in 1895, an Associate Member in 1901, and a Member in 1904.

1915 Obituary [2]

ALFRED RICHMOND SILLAR was born at Rhyl, North Wales, on 22nd April 1871.

He was educated at Shrewsbury School and received his technical education at the City and Guilds Technical College, Finsbury.

He served an apprenticeship of two years, 1888 to 1890, with the Electrical Engineering Corporation, Ltd., of Westminster and Drayton, and in 1891 was engaged by Messrs. J. G. Statter and Co., and afterwards by Messrs. Foote and Milne, their successors, as junior assistant and outside foreman. He finally became contracts manager, and in 1895 took charge of the electrical contracts at the Great Wheel, Earl's Court.

In 1896 he was appointed resident engineer to the Blackpool Winter Gardens Co., where he erected what was then the largest private power station in England, and three years later he became Borough Electrical Engineer to Colchester.

After holding that post for several years, he took up an appointment as chief electrical engineer and technical adviser of the Peking Chinese Electric Light and Power Co., Ltd.

His death took place at Peking on 21st May 1913, at the age of forty-two.

He was elected an Associate Member of this Institution in 1905, and was transferred to full Membership in 1908.

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