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Walter Twinch

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Walter Twinch (c1883-1943)

1945 Obituary [1]

Major WALTER TWINCH was educated at Malvern College and at University College, London, and served his apprenticeship from 1903 to 1906 with Messrs. Davey Paxman and Company, Ltd., of Colchester. He remained with that firm, being first placed in charge of the test bed and later was engaged on the testing and starting up of power plant in India, South America, and in this country. In 1911 he became an assistant to Messrs. Kennedy and Donkin, consulting engineers, Westminster, but in 1915 received a commission in the Royal Garrison Artillery and saw service in the Field and at home, being subsequently in command of a siege battery and finally superintendent at the Royal Ordnance Factory, Woolwich.

In 1917 he was mentioned in dispatches. About two years later, on his return to civil life in 1919, he joined the staff of Messrs. Kennedy and Donkin as resident and inspecting engineer, and from 1921 to 1924 carried out on behalf of the firm the erection of new generating plant for the Calcutta Electric Supply Company. Returning to the London office he was subsequently appointed consulting engineer to the Central Electricity Board for the North West Area. Seven years later he joined the firm of Messrs. Thomas Goldsworthy, abrasive manufacturers, of Manchester, as their engineer, with a seat on the Board. Later he was made managing director, a position he retained up to the time of his death which occurred on 2nd December 1943 at the age of 60.

Major Twinch was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1921 and was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

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