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Edward Lionel Barnes

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Edward Lionel Barnes (c1895-1951)

1951 Obituary [1]

"EDWARD LIONEL BARNES had considerable experience as an electrical engineer and was associated with Messrs. Edmundson's Electricity Corporation, Ltd., for the last twenty-six years of his life.

He was educated at the King's Cathedral School, Gloucester, and at the Technical School in that city. On the completion of a five-year apprenticeship with Messrs. W. Sisson and Company, Ltd., in 1914, he went on active service in the Forces, first serving with the 5th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment, and transferring later to the aero-workshop and technical section of the Royal Flying Corps.

On demobilization in 1919 he found employment as junior draughtsman to Messrs. A. G. Mumford, Ltd., Colchester, marine engineers. He left this firm three years later and joined the English Electric Company, Ltd., Rugby, as layout draughtsman for condensing plant and auxiliaries. Mr. Barnes began his long connection with Messrs. Edmundson's Electricity Corporation in 1925 with the post of deputy chief draughtsman in their offices at Millbank, Westminster. In this capacity he was responsible to the deputy chief engineer for a staff of twenty draughtsmen and for the complete design of power stations and auxiliary equipment. In addition his responsibilities included the design of large turbo-alternators for municipalities and stations for the National Grid. He also devoted his attention to the development of a variable-speed gear and a pneumatically operated gearbox.

Since 1943 he had been deputy resident engineer for the Company at St. Neots, Huntingdonshire. Mr. Barnes had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1939. His death occurred on 10th May 1951 at the age of fifty-six."

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