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James Lusk

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James Lusk (1878-1915)

1916 Obituary [1]

JAMES LUSK was born in 1878 at Broomhouse, Lanarkshire. He served his apprenticeship as an engineer with Sir Wm. Arrol & Co., Ltd., and attended evening classes at the Technical College, Glasgow.

After spending some time at Dalzell Steel and Iron Works he entered St. John's College, Cambridge, where he took the degree of B.A. in Engineering Science. He returned to Dalzell Steel Works as assistant works manager, and a few years later was appointed director of the firm. In collaboration with Professor Barr, he carried out an important and valuable series of tests on high tensile steel in the Glasgow University Engineering Laboratory. He designed a slide rule for the calculation of weights and areas of steel which is of great assistance to those employed in rolling-mills. In the designing of new plant his experience was of great benefit to the firm.

He was an associate member of the Institution of Engineers, and a member of the West of Scotland Iron and Steel Institute, of which at one time he was a vice-president. At Cambridge University he was a member of the University Volunteer Corps, and on returning to Motherwell took a commission in the 6th Scottish Rifles. At the outbreak of the war he was given a staff appointment at Falkirk, which he afterwards resigned to enable him to go with his regiment to France. He was transport officer first, and afterwards was appointed adjutant, proving himself to be a most efficient officer. In October he was decorated by the French Government with the Cross of the Legion of Honour, and later was mentioned in despatches.

He died in France on December 29, 1915, as the result of severe wounds received in trench fighting.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1906.

1916 Obituary [2]

JAMES LUSK, born on the 19th September, 1878, died on the 29th December, 1915, of wounds received in action in France.

After spending some time at the Dalzell Steel and Iron Works, he entered St. John’s College, Cambridge, 2nd on graduating in the Mechanical Sciences Tripos, he returned to the works as Assistant Manager and Engineer, being later appointed a Director of the firm.

Having taken a commission in the 6th Scottish Rifles, he went to France with his regiment shortly after the outbreak of war, and was appointed Adjutant. He received the Cross of the Legion of Honour, and was mentioned in despatches.

He was elected an Associate Member on the 8th January, 1907.

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