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John Ernest Tyrrell

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John Ernest Tyrrell (1875-1947)

1948 Obituary [1]

"JOHN ERNEST TYRRELL, M.B.E., was a motor engineer throughout his career. He was born in 1875 and served his apprenticeship with Mr. H. E. Richardson, engineer, of North Finchley, from 1898 to 1901, in whose employment he continued as foreman for a further three years. After acting in a similar capacity at the Alnwick and Berwick Garage he successively filled positions as fitter to Messrs. Clement Talbots, manager to Messrs. Philpots, of Canterbury, and works manager to Messrs. Salmon and Sons.

During the war of 1914-18 he joined the Royal Flying Corps and saw service in Palestine, being mentioned three times in despatches and awarded the M.B.E. After his demobilization he went to South Africa and took up an appointment as works manager and technical adviser to Messrs. Bartle and Company, of Johannesburg. After holding this position for three years he became managing director of Messrs. Tyrrell and Ruhmer, Ltd.

On the dissolution of the partnership in 1924 he continued in business on his own account as a motor repairer and agent. He was also sometime instructor and examiner for the Witwatersrand Technical Institute on motor car construction and workshop practice. Mr. Tyrrell, whose death occurred on 27th September 1947, was elected an Associate of the Institution in 1922 and was transferred to Membership in 1927."

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