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Charles Temple Orme

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Charles Temple Orme (1883-1919)

1919 Obituary [1]

CHARLES TEMPLE ORME was born in London on 6th February 1883.

He was educated at University College School from 1890-97, and at the Acton and Chiswick Polytechnic. He then studied at the City and Guilds of London Technical College, Finsbury, during which period he served an apprenticeship of two and a half years at the Clerkenwell Engineering Co.

In November 1904 he went to the Pulsometer Engineering Co., Reading, where he was engaged on working out details and perfecting the design of the Pulsometer type-setting and distributing machines.

Five years later he was engaged by the Daimler Motor Co. at Coventry and at Reading until 1911, when he became designer of automatic calculating machines under the Barr-Bell Syndicate.

In 1914 he went to Galicia as engineer with the Galician Oil Fields, and on his return to England in the following year he entered the workshops of the Munitions Invention Department at University College, London, being for some time in charge of the office and workshops. After the war, he was arranging for the removal of the Department to works at Chiswick, which had previously been used for the manufacture of secret war munitions, and while there he received into his system a poisonous irritant due to the nature of the dust inhaled. This caused his deaths which took place at Acton, London, on 26th June 1919, at the age of thirty-six.

He was elected a Graduate of this Institution in 1905, and an Associate Member in 1911.

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