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Gordon William Kyte

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Gordon William Kyte (c1902-1935)

1935 Obituary [1]

GORDON WILLIAM BYTE was born at Llandaff, Glam, and received his technical education at Cardiff Technical College.

In 1918 he became an articled pupil for three years on the Taff Vale Railway and on completing his pupilage, he worked for a further fifteen months in the running sheds and in the drawing office.

He then became draughtsman and assistant to his father, Mr. W. Kyte, who was in business as a mechanical engineer at Whitchurch, near Cardiff. He was engaged on the design of steam, compressed air, and electric haulage gears for mines.

Mr. Kyte returned to locomotive engineering in 1925 on his appointment as a draughtsman to the Antofagasta (Chile) and Bolivia Railway. In 1927 he was promoted to be assistant to the locomotive works manager. He was appointed assistant locomotive superintendent (running department) on the Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway in the following year. On the reorganization of the locomotive and traffic departments on that railway, Mr. Byte was appointed assistant transportation superintendent (power). He was serving in this capacity at the time of his death, which took place in Madras in May 1935, at the early age of 33.

He was elected a Graduate of the Institution in 1920 and was transferred to Associate Membership in 1929.

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