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George Homewood

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George Homewood (1880-1949)

1950 Obituary [1]

"GEORGE HONIEWOOD spent the whole of his professional career in the Far East and Egypt, where for many years he was closely concerned with the oil industry. He was born in 1880 and after receiving his education at Dulwich College served a three years' pupilage under the late Mr. T. H. Riches, at that time locomotive superintendent of the Taff Vale Railway, and who was President of the Institution in 1907-8.

Later he was attached to the Royal Engineers, at Pretoria, South Africa, as acting division officer with the temporary rank of lieutenant, before proceeding, in 1904, to take up an appointment as assistant engineer to Sir M. Samuel and Company, Ltd., at their Borneo oilfields. Subsequently he was placed in charge of a concession as manager and engineer.

Four years later he went to China where he was employed as assistant engineer by the Asiatic Petroleum Co, with responsibility for the erection of tank storage installations and buildings. In 1913 he was appointed assistant resident engineer to the Rising Sun Petroleum Co, at Yokohama, where he remained until 1923, when he left for Egypt on his receiving the appointment of superintending engineer to the Shell Oil Company, Ltd. He relinquished this position after fourteen years' service and spent the rest of his life as a consulting engineer and engineering representative in Cairo, where his death occurred on 9th February 1949. Mr. Homewood was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1913, and was transferred to Membership in 1926."

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