Grace's Guide

British Industrial History

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 148,478 pages of information and 233,901 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Norman Arthur Shove

From Graces Guide

Jump to: navigation, search

Norman Arthur Shove (1886-1935)

1886 Born the son of Arthur Walter Shove (a West India merchant) and his wife Flora Hart

1935 Died. 'KILLED BY SHRAPNEL. Nearly 20 years ago man wounded in the Great War by a piece of shrapnel, which lodged behind his heart, said to his sister: "It will get me one day." Yesterday the man, Mr. Norman Arthur Shove, an engineer (50), and formerly of Blessington-road, Lee, S.E., was found dead in bed his home at Calcutta. In the doctor's opinion death was caused heart failure.'[1]

1935 Obituary [2]

NORMAN ARTHUR SHOVE was employed on the staff of the East Indian Railway in various capacities for a period of twenty-five years.

He was born at Blackheath, London, and served a five years' apprenticeship, terminating in 1907, at the works of the Caledonian Railway at St. Rollox, Glasgow. He remained with that company until 1910, gaining additional experience in the drawing office, in the inspection of materials, and in the running department.

In the same year he was appointed assistant locomotive superintendent on the East Indian Railway, holding this position until 1920, except during the War, when he enlisted for field service with the Pioneer Regiments. He was demobilized with the rank of captain in 1919.

Subsequently he returned to India, and became assistant works manager at Jamalpur.

In 1925 he was appointed power superintendent for the Allahabad division. He visited Canada and the United States in 1927, to study locomotive working and in particular the application of grease lubrication, afterwards presenting his observations in a technical paper. He also wrote two papers published by the Railway Board (India) in 1929 and 1931.

From 1929 to 1932 he was power superintendent at the head offices of the railway, in Calcutta, with general responsibility for the locomotive work on all divisions.

He was employed during 1932 in the power branch of the chief operating superintendent's office, after which he acted for a year as deputy chief operating superintendent (power) and, for a short period, as deputy chief mechanical engineer (running).

He was appointed in 1934 power superintendent at Lucknow; his death, which occurred on 16th June 1935, in his fiftieth year, was indirectly hastened by wounds received during the War.

He was elected to Associate Membership of the Institution in 1924 and was transferred to Membership in 1932.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Gloucester Citizen - Tuesday 18 June 1935
  2. 1935 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries