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Richard Coulson

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Richard Coulson (c1890-1948)


1949 Obituary [1]

"RICHARD COULSON, whose death occurred on 27th April 1948, was elected a Graduate of the Institution of Automobile Engineers in 1910 and was transferred to Associate Membership in 1919, and to Membership in 1928. He was awarded a Graduate's Prize for the Session 1913-14. After taking a three years' course in engineering at the Royal College of Science, Dublin, and obtaining an Associateship he gained distinction in the examinations of the City and Guilds of London Institute, being a silver medallist with first-class honours in mechanical engineering; a bronze medallist with a first-class in motor engineering, and finally gaining the same honours in structural engineering. After serving his time as a pupil with the Daimler Motor Car Company from 1910 to 1912 he spent the next two years in the drawing office of the Knight and Kilbourne Patents Co.

In 1915 he enlisted in the Army Service Corps and served over seas. A year later he was commissioned a lieutenant in the Canadian Army Service Corps and was officer in charge of M.T. repair shops. In 1917 he was seconded for service with the Ministry of Munitions as production officer in the department of aircraft. Two years later he joined the Coventry Chain Company, Ltd., and after attaining the position of technical manager, remained with them until 1931. After acting as manager of the automobile chain department of the Alfred Appleby Chain Company, Ltd., for two years he became sales engineer and head of the technical department of the Renold and Coventry Chain Company, Ltd. This position he retained until his retirement on account of ill health in 1943.

During the war of 1939-45 Mr. Coulson was closely concerned with the application of chain drive to "Pluto". The honorary degree of Bachelor of Science of the National University of Ireland was conferred on him in 1938."


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