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Walter James Finlay

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Walter James Finlay (1888-1941)


1941 Obituary [1]

Captain WALTER JAMES FINLAY, R.A.S.C., who died on active service on 8th June 1940, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1920. He was born in Liverpool in 1888, and served his apprenticeship from 1904 to 1911 with the Palatine Engineering Company, Messrs. David Wilson and Company, and the White Star Line. After serving as engineer in many of the White Star Line steamships, commencing as seventh engineer and subsequently rising to be assistant second engineer, he joined the Royal Navy in 1916 as an engineer sub-lieutenant, R.N.R., and served as chief engineer on various ships.

He was demobilized in 1919, and entered civil employment as assistant to Mr. Walter J. Wood, M.I.Mech.E., consulting engineer, of Grimsby. Captain Finlay was responsible for the design of special types of winches, and held the appointment of marine surveyor to the Ministry of Shipping. He had previously served with the Liverpool Scottish, Territorial Army, and was Impressment Officer in the R.A.S.C. in the Western District.


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