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Robert Leonard Green

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Robert Leonard Green (c1890-1950)

1951 Obituary [1]

"Major ROBERT LEONARD GREEN, who served in H.M. Forces throughout the 1914-18 war and during almost the whole of the 1939-45 war, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1942.

He was educated at the Liverpool Institute and the Central Technical School in that city. After serving his time with the Mersey Engine Works Co from 1908 to 1913, he continued in the firm's service for a brief period as a junior draughtsman. He joined the Army at the outbreak of the 1914-18 war and in the following year was commissioned in the Royal Field Artillery. He saw service in Egypt and France and rose to be captain.

In 1920 he took up an appointment as works manager to Messrs. Major and Company, Ltd., Dagenham Dock, in which capacity he was responsible for the equipment of new works, designed for production of wood preservative by the Solignum process. Four years later he became associated with the oil industry and held in succession the position of chief engineer to the National Fuel Oil Company, Ltd., the Citex Oil Wharves, Ltd., and Messrs. Hayton Refineries (1932), Ltd. This was followed by five years' service as engineer to Alco Products, Ltd., a subsidiary of the American Locomotive Corporation.

In 1939 he was called up from the Reserve of Officers and after active service in France received an appointment at the War Office. He was transferred to the Royal Engineers in 1941 and posted to Washington, where he held the appointment of D.A.D. Tn. (Railways, Docks, and I.W.T. Supplies) with the Joint British Army Staff/British Supply Mission.

In 1944 he was released from the Army and returned to the American Locomotive Corporation, with whom he remained as European manager with offices in Westminster until the close of his career. Major Green's death in his sixtieth year occurred on 12th December 1950."

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