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Neville William Fairbairn Wailes-Fairbairn

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Neville William Fairbairn Wailes-Fairbairn (1892-1939)

1939 Obituary [1]

"Captain NEVILLE WILLIAM FAIRBAIRN WAILES-FAIRBAIRN was born at Lyme Regis in 1892. He was educated at Harrow and at Jesus College, Cambridge, and he took the B.A. degree in mechanical sciences there in 1914.

On leaving the University he worked for a few months for Messrs. George Wailes and Company, Ltd., London. He joined the Yorkshire Hussars in 1911 and during the Great War he served first as a captain in this regiment and later in the Royal Engineers. In 1918 he took special training courses with the Royal Engineers, including courses on bridging and field engineering, and in 1919 he joined the staff of the Wellington Foundry of Messrs. Fairbairn, Lawson, Combe, Barbour, Ltd. He was first employed in the drawing office and the erecting shops, but later he was engaged on experimental and secretarial work. He was elected a director of the company in 1931, and he held this position when he died on 9th November 1939 as the result of a hunting accident. He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1923."

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