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William Theodore Hamlyn

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William Theodore Hamlyn (c1886-1944)

1945 Obituary [1]

Lieut.-Commr. (E.) WILLIAM THEODORE HAMLYN was educated at Bristol Grammar School and the Merchant Venturers' Technical College. His apprenticeship was served from 1901 to 1907 with Messrs. David Rowan and Company, of Glasgow, during which period he also attended the Royal Technical College. From 1907 to 1911 he sailed as marine engineer in ships of the Asiatic Petroleum Company and after a period ashore, during which he was responsible for the erection of a rubber factory in the Malay States and the installation of its machinery, he again went to sea in local steamers, rising to be chief engineer and obtaining his first-class Board of Trade Engineer's Certificate.

In 1915 he became an engineer-lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve and served for four years in HMS Buffalo. After holding a temporary appointment 2$ surveyor of ships at Singapore, he joined the Singapore Cold Storage Company, Ltd., as assistant engineer and four years later was promoted to be chief engineer. On relinquishing this appointment in 1937 he returned to England and became an inspecting engineer for Messrs. Richard Thomas and Company Ltd., Shell-Mex House, London. During the present war he again served as engineer-lieutenant, R.N.R., and was promoted to Engineer Lieut.-Commander in 1942.

Lieut.-Commr. Hamlyn, who died on active service on 8th January 1944, at the age of 58, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1928.

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