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Lewis William Bull

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Lewis William Bull (1882-1924)

1925 Obituary [1]

LEWIS WILLIAM BULL was born at Bungay, Suffolk, on 17th October 1882, and received his scholastic education at Framlingham College, followed by technical studies in electrical and general engineering at Birmingham University.

He entered as a pupil in the works of Messrs. Thomas Parker, Ltd., Wolverhampton, spending four years in the shops, laboratory, and drawing office, after which he had eight years' experience in various responsible positions with Messrs. Clarke, Chapman and Co., Ltd., of Gateshead-on-Tyne, and one year as construction engineer with the British Columbia Electric Railway Co., Vancouver.

At the outbreak of War he joined the Army in 1914, serving in the ranks of the 2nd Sportsmen's Battalion and obtaining a commission in the 9th Batt. County of London Regiment in May 1915, and promoted in August 1916 to the rank of Captain.

He was seconded to the Royal Engineers in May 1917, holding various responsible technical positions in France.

Mentioned in dispatches in March 1919 for excellent work in the field, Captain Bull was appointed Assistant Controller of the Locomotive, Rolling Stock and Railway Construction Plant Department of the Disposal Board, and in February 1920 was appointed Assistant Director in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Ministry of Transport.

In November 1921 Captain Bull resigned from the Ministry to take up an appointment with The British Steel Piling Co., London, and some five months later proceeded to India as that Company's Resident Engineer, his duties entailing extensive travelling throughout India, Burma, and the Straits Settlements.

Captain Bull's death took place very suddenly, following heat stroke, at Lahore, Punjab, on 28th June 1924, in his forty-second year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1922.

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