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Thomas Alfred Ince

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Thomas Alfred Ince (1884-1948)

1949 Obituary [1]

"THOMAS ALFRED INCE, whose death occurred on 4th May 1948, was elected an Associate Member (A.D.) of the Institution in 1921.

He was born in 1884 and received his technical training at the Chelsea and Regent Street Polytechnics, in London. After serving as an apprentice in the shops and drawing office of Messrs. Burford Van Toll, Ltd., motor engineers (now the Orleans Motor Company, Ltd.), of Twickenham, from 1900 to 1905, he held short engagements as fitter and tester for Messrs. E. R. and F. Turner, of Ipswich, and the Rover Motor Company, Ltd., of Coventry.

From 1909 to 1912 he was assistant chief engineer at the experimental works of the Walton Pneumatic Axle Co, of West Ealing, and during the next four years he successively filled positions as assistant engineer and designer to Messrs. Taunton Cars, Ltd., London, and as chief designer to Messrs. British Ensign Motors, Ltd., of Willesden, who subsequently appointed him their works manager. In 1916 he was attached to the War Office as technical assistant in the contracts department and continued in this service until his retirement in 1944. Mr. Ince was for a period lecturer on subjects connected with the internal combustion engine at the Regent Street Polytechnic."

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