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Francis Herbert Vince

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Francis Herbert Vince (1892-1939)

1939 Obituary [1]

"FRANCIS HERBERT VINCE was born in Birmingham in 1892. He attended King Edward's High School, Birmingham, from 1902 to 1910, and the Birmingham Technical School from 1910 to 1913. During this latter period he served his apprenticeship in the shops and works of the Saltley Gas Works, Birmingham Corporation Gas Department. From 1914 to 1915 he was employed as shift engineer at these gas works, and in 1915 he received a commission in the Royal Engineers. He went to France in 1916 and was wounded two months later at St. Eloi, and invalided home. When he was demobilized in 1919 he took up once more the post he had held before the War.

In 1922 he became resident works superintendent at Redheugh Gas Works, Newcastle and Gateshead Gas Co. In 1928 he was appointed resident works manager of the Granton Gas Works, Edinburgh Corporation Gas Department, a post he held for two years. He then joined the staff of the South Metropolitan Gas Co as engineer of the Rotherhithe Works, and in the following year, 1931, he was appointed civil engineer to this company. In this capacity he was responsible for the design of much of the new equipment installed in the company's works, as well as for the repairs of old equipment and the design of new plant. Apart from his professional interests he was interested in cricket, and he played for Warwickshire. He died on 30th March 1939. He was elected an Associate Member in 1932."

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