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Francis Henry Lister

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Francis Henry Lister (1863-1918)

1918 Obituary [1]

Engineer Rear-Admiral FRANCIS HENRY LISTER., R.N., was born in London on 7th August 1863.

After receiving his early education at Aske's Schools, Hatcham, he served as an engineer student in the training schools at Portsmouth and Keyham, and entered the Royal Navy as an assistant engineer in 1885.

During the next three years he passed through the special course of training at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, and then served in various positions afloat and at the Dockyards and Admiralty until he was promoted to Chief Engineer in October 1899.

He was appointed Engineer-Lieutenant on "Sutlej" in September 1903, and Engineer-Commander at the Admiralty as Inspector in 1905, subsequently serving on the "Indomitable" during 1910-11, when he became Assistant Engineer-in-Chief at the Admiralty.

This position he held until January 1916, when he was appointed Naval Assistant to Director, Priority Section, Admiralty, and in the following year he was promoted to Engineer-Captain, being on the staff of the Commander-in-Chief of North American and West Indies station.

In 1917 he acted in a similar capacity on the Coast of Ireland station, being promoted to Engineer Rear-Admiral.

On different occasions he acted as Admiralty Representative on technical Committees, such as those on Pipe-Flanges, Tests for Materials, and Castings and Forgings.

His death took place suddenly at Queenstown on 20th August 1918, at the age of fifty-five.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1912.

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