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George Wellington Ronald Freebody

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George Wellington Ronald Freebody (1908-1952)

1953 Obituary [1]

GEORGE WELLINGTON RONALD FREEBODY. who died on 13th June 1952 at the early age of forty-four, was in the service of the Admiralty, specializing in the design and manufacture of gunnery and control gear during practically the whole of his brief career.

He was educated at H.M. Upper Dockyard School, Portsmouth Municipal College, and Leeds College of Technology. On the completion of five years' practical training in H.M. Dockyard, Portsmouth, he successively held the positions of fitter and turner, temporary draughtsman in the signal school design office and acting and established second-class draughtsman until 1936, when he was made acting first-class draughtsman. Five years later he was promoted acting senior draughtsman in the Naval Ordnance Department with charge of the gunnery director control gear drawing and design office.

In 1944 he was appointed principal gunnery engineer overseer in the naval ordnance department at Bath, with responsibility to the chief overseer at Manchester for the organization of the Leeds sub-office and the administration of the Yorkshire area.

His final appointment, which he held from 1952, was that of engineer, grade II, in the directorate of instrument production, Ministry of Supply.

Mr. Freebody was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1950.

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