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Richard Ley Alkin

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Richard Ley Alkin (1878-1941)

1942 Obituary [1]

RICHARD LEY ALKIN, O.B.E., was born in 1878 and died on the 19th June, 1941.

He received his technical training at the Leeds University and with Messrs. John Fowler and Co.

In 1901 he was appointed Head Draughtsman with Messrs. Wilson Hartnell and Co., Leeds.

Three years later he resigned to take up the position of Chief Engineer in the firm of Messrs. L. J. Healing and Co., in Japan. In 1910 he became Engineer and Manager of the Kobe branch of the firm.

From 1914 to 1919 he served in France as Captain in the Royal Engineers, was mentioned three times in dispatches and received the O.B.E. Later he was in charge of the English Electric Co.'s branch in Shanghai until 1923, and in Tokyo from 1924 to 1926.

He was elected an Associate Member of The Institution in 1904 and a Member in 1913.

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