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Herbert Trounson

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Herbert Trounson (1884-1944)

1945 Obituary [1]

HERBERT TROUNSON, who was born in 1884, received his general education at Ashville College, Harrogate, and his technical instruction at the Crystal Palace School of Practical Engineering. In 1908 he obtained his first appointment as assistant engineer in connection with breakwater works, and a year later was placed in charge of its construction. After four years' experience in South America in the service of the Buenos Aires Pacific Railway, first as draughtsman, and later as assistant constructional engineer, and subsequently assistant sectional engineer, he returned to England and was attached to the Inspection Department of the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, rising from second-class examiner to be assistant foreman, deputy assistant inspector, and finally assistant inspector.

In 1920 he received an appointment as Assistant Director of Public Works in British Guiana, which he held for three years. He then became manager of a mineral railway controlled by the Demerara Bauxite Company with responsibility for its operation and the maintenance of rolling stock. In 1932 he became chief engineer to the La Guaira Harbour Corportion and held that post until 1937, when the port was sold to the Venezuelan Government. In the same year he joined Messrs. Howard Humphreys and Sons, and accompanied the late Mr. Howard Humphreys as his assistant to the Sudan in the winter of 1938-9.

On the outbreak of war he joined Sir Alexander Gibb and Partners, consulting engineers, of Westminster, and in 1941 became Assistant Inspector of Fuzes in the Armaments Inspection Department of the Ministry of Supply.

Mr. Trounson, whose death occurred on 10th April 1944, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1926. He was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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