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Edgar William Riley

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Edgar William Riley (1876-1930)

1930 Obituary [1]

Eng. Captain EDGAR WILLIAM RILEY, O.B.E., R.N., ret., was in charge of the administration of the inspection department of the Billingham factory of Messrs. Synthetic Ammonia and Nitrates (Imperial Chemical Industries).

He was born at Inchicore, Dublin, in 1876, and served his apprenticeship in the locomotive works at Inchicore of the Great Southern and Western Railway.

On the completion of his apprenticeship he entered the Royal Navy by direct examination as assistant engineer. He was promoted to be engineer-lieutenant in 1902, engineer-lieutenant-commander in 1910 and specially promoted to engineer-commander in 1916, retiring with the rank of engineer-captain in 1926.

Since that time he had been with Messrs. Synthetic Ammonia and Nitrates, first as labour manager from 1926 to 1929 and then as head of the inspection department.

Eng. Captain Riley became a Member of the Institution in 1929 and his death occurred on 13th April 1930.

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