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Victor Leonard May

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Victor Leonard May (c1899-1952)

1953 Obituary [1]

VICTOR LEONARD MAY was associated with the Royal Ordnance Factory, Woolwich, from 1915, when he began to serve an apprenticeship, until his death, which occurred on 15th January 1952 at the age of fifty-three.

On the completion of his practical training in 1918 he was for a time an air mechanic in the Royal Air Force. He obtained his technical training at Woolwich Polytechnic concurrently with his apprenticeship, and continued some years later at London County Council School of Engineering.

On his discharge from the Royal Air Force in 1919 he re-entered the factory and successively became shop draughtsman, junior draughtsman, and second-class draughtsman, in which capacity he was employed for four years with responsibility to the senior draughtsman for the design of a variety of tools and the production of small arms ammunition. He was promoted to be first-class draughtsman in 1931 and seven years later attained the grade of leading draughtsman in charge of a section dealing with the design of pyrotechnics, primers, and tubes.

Mr. May was later an Engineer at Fort Halstead and, at the time of his decease, was superintendent of design.

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