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Reginald Charles Miller

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Reginald Charles Miller (c1890-1941)


1942 Obituary [1]

REGINALD CHARLES MILLER died suddenly on the 6th November, 1941, at the age of 51.

A native of Exeter, he completed his secondary school education at the Linewall College of the Christian Brothers, at Gibraltar (where his father was then stationed), and afterwards undertook a year's practical training in the Military Communications section prior to returning to England.

He then took a 3-year course at the Hartley University College, Southampton.

For the next two years he served as an improver in the workshops, drawing office and test-bed of Messrs. Mawdsley's, at Durley (Glos.), and then took charge of a large electrical installation which that company had supplied to the Unity, Rubber factory at Manchester.

A year later, in 1911, he joined the London and South-western Railway Co. and was posted as a junior electrical assistant on the staff of the late Mr. H. Wauchope, in Southampton Docks. He was, in fact, the first technical assistant to be appointed to the Department. As righthand man to Mr. Wauchope he was very closely concerned in 1924 with the conversion of all dockland's pumping stations from steam to electric drive, and subsequently with the electrical work in connection with the King George V graving dock and the supply of electrical power to the whole of the new dock estate.

In February, 1940, he succeeded Mr. Wauchope as Docks Electrical Engineer. In his leisure hours he keenly interested himself in educational matters, and for nearly 20 years had been a co-opted member of the Southampton Education Committee.

For 15 years he also served as Honorary Secretary of the Workers' Educational Association, and after holding a similar position with the Southampton University College Joint Committee for tutorial classes became Vice-Chairman of that body.

He was elected an Associate Member of The Institution in 1934 and a Member in 1941.


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