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Horace Cecil Law

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Horace Cecil Law (1883-1913)

1914 Obituary [1]

HORACE CECIL LAW was born at Leamington Spa on 19th January 1883.

He was educated at the Dean Close Memorial School at Cheltenham until the end of 1897, when he received private tuition in engineering subjects, etc., until 1901.

In the following year he began an apprenticeship in the works of Messrs. Belliss and Morcom, Ltd., Birmingham, passing through the various shops, and during 1903-4 he worked in the drawing office of Messrs. T. Bernard Hall and Jones, consulting engineers, of Birmingham.

During the latter part of 1904 he was engaged in the drawing office of the gas and oil-engines department of Messrs. Kynoch, Ltd., and then was nine months in the testing department of Messrs. Willans and Robinson's Works at Rugby.

In November 1906 he started as assistant engineer in the Norfolk Works of Messrs. Thomas Firth and Sons, Ltd., Sheffield, and had under his personal superintendence the maintenance of all the steam, electric, compressed-air and hydraulic plant.

Six years later he resigned his position, with the idea of going to the Panama district, as he anticipated that much business would be done there in the near future. He, however, reached Santos, Brazil, on 8th March 1913, and died there suddenly eight days later, at the age of thirty.

He was elected a Graduate of this Institution in 1904, and an Associate Member in 1910.

He was greatly interested in all branches of engineering, and particularly so in the use of arms and explosives, having made numerous experiments relating to the causes of rifle-barrel bursts.

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