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Richard Lionel Tanner (c1888-1950)
1951 Obituary 
"Major RICHARD LIONEL TANNER, whose death in his sixty-second year occurred on 7th April 1950, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1928 and transferred to Membership in 1945. He served his apprenticeship with the Star Engineering Co of Wolverhampton from 1904 to 1906 and concurrently attended classes at the Technical School in that town.
He then filled a number of positions of brief duration as designer to various firms, including the Humber Motor Car Company, Ltd., and the Coventry Ordnance Works. After acting as machine tool inspector to Messrs. Alfred Herbert, Ltd., Coventry, for three years he secured an appointment as machine shop manager to Messrs. Newman, Hender and Company, Ltd., Woodchester, Gloucester, with responsibility for the design and manufacture of a wide range of engineering products. He relinquished this position in 1927 and went to India, where he spent the remainder of his active life in the service of the East Indian Railway. He was first employed as production engineer and this was followed nine years later by his transference to the post of works manager. Finally, in 1944, he was given the appointment of deputy chief mechanical engineer. "