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Bernard William Shilson

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Bernard William Shilson (c1882-1955)

1956 Obituary [1]

Major Bernard William Shilson, O.B.E., received his technical education at Merchant Venturer's Technical College, and subsequently served as an apprentice with Humpage, Jacques and Pederson, Bristol, meanwhile gaining further experience with British Thomson-Houston Company, Ltd., and Ferranti, Ltd.

Subsequently he was in the employ of various engineering concerns including Wolseley Motors, Ltd., and Siddeley Deasy Company, Ltd., and for a short time practised as a consulting engineer.

During the 1914-18 war he served in the Army Service Corps as an Inspector of Mechanical Transport, finally with rank of Major, and was Mentioned in Dispatches.

For a period of two years from 1938 he held the position of assistant director of aeronautical production at the Air Ministry, and in 1943 became director and general manager of Celestion, Ltd., radio engineers, Kingston-on-Thames. He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1916, and elected an Associate Member of the Institution of Automobile Engineers in 1907, and transferred to Member in 1910. From 1926 to 1929 he served as a Member of Council of the Institution of Automobile Engineers, and as honorary secretary of the Birmingham and Midland Centre from 1908 to 1913.

His death took place in his seventy-third year of age on 3rd September, 1955.

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