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Ernest Frederick Elton

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Ernest Frederick Elton (1882-1924)

1925 Obituary [1]

ERNEST FREDERICK ELTON was born in Sheffield on 14th July 1882, and received his school education mainly at the King Edward VI Grammar School, Macclesfield, and at the Grammar School, Newchurch, Lancashire.

He served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Ramage and Ferguson, Ltd., Shipbuilders and Engineers, Leith, and during his term attended technical classes at the Heriot-Watt College.

In 1903, after completing his indentures, he entered the service of the London and Edinburgh Shipping Co. as sea-going engineer, and gained his second-class certificate in 1904, followed by first-class in 1906, and "extra" first-class in 1907.

On 1st January 1908 he was appointed to the Stall of the Bombay Steam Navigation Co., to take charge of the workshops in Bombay in which the repairs to the Company's vessels are effected.

In 1910 he left this Company to enter the service of the Bombay Government as First Inspector of Steam Boilers and Prime Movers, and in this position he remained until June 1919, when he joined the Bombay Port Trust as Assistant Mechanical Superintendent, with promotion to Senior Assistant in April 1922.

His death, which occurred on 5th November 1924, at the age of forty-two, was of a tragic character, as it resulted from blood poisoning caused by burns received in the Bombay Port Trust Workshops whilst stopping a steam-engine which had run away on the breaking of a belt.

He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1909.

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