Allan Quartermaine

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Allan Stephen Quartermaine
Born 9 November 1888
London
Died 17 October 1978
Nationality British
Education Highgate School, University College London
Engineering career
Engineering discipline Civil,
Institution memberships Institution of Civil Engineers (president),

Sir Allan Stephen Quartermaine CBE, MC, BSc (Eng) (9 November 1888 – 17 October 1978) was a British civil engineer.[1]

Allan Stephen Quartermaine was born in London on 9 November 1888 and, after attending Highgate School,[2] was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering at University College London, where he was a Chadwick Scholar and later a Fellow.[2] He served as a commissioned officer in the Royal Engineers during the First World War and was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry as a Temporary Captain.[3] Quartermaine was promoted to Acting Major on 24 May 1919, a rank he relinquished on 15 June 1919.[4][5] Between the wars he worked for Hertfordshire County Council Surveyor’s Department, Teesside Bridge and Engineering and for Great Western Railway,[6] where he became Assistant Chief Engineer, but he remained liable for recall to the British Army as he was a Captain of the Royal Engineers (Transportation) in the Supplementary Reserve of Officers, being promoted to Major in that unit on 19 November 1924.[7] Quartermaine resigned from the Supplementary Reserve on 1 January 1926, transferring immediately to the Regular Army Reserve of Officers whilst retaining his rank and association with the Royal Engineers.[8][9] He reached the age limit (50) for recall to the British Army on 9 November 1938 and as of that date ceased to be a member of the British Army reserves.[10] He was Director-General, Aircraft Production Factories in 1940 and Chief Engineer, Great Western Railway and Western Region of British Railways from 1940–51.[2][6]

Quartermaine also served in the Engineer and Railway Staff Corps, an unpaid, volunteer unit which provided technical expertise to the British Army. He was appointed Colonel in this corps on 29 October 1943 [11] and was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the same year.[2] Quartermaine was elected president of the Institution of Civil Engineers in May 1951 for the November 1951 to November 1952 session.[1] On 7 September 1954 Quartermaine and Geoffrey Jellicoe were appointed members of the Royal Fine Art Commission to replace William Halcrow and John Summerson respectively.[12] Quartermaine was awarded a knighthood on 2 January 1956, this was conferred by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on 10 July 1956.[13] He retired from the Royal Fine Arts Commission on 18 November 1960.[14] Quartermaine died in 1978.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Watson 1988, p. 253.
  2. ^ a b c d Hughes, Patrick; Davies, Ian F (Eds.) (1965). Highgate School Register 1833-1964 (6th ed.). p. 139. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30717. p. 6490. 31 May 1918. Retrieved 24 February 2009.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31505. p. 10333. 12 August 1919. Retrieved 24 February 2009.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31453. p. 8947. 11 July 1919. Retrieved 24 February 2009.
  6. ^ a b "Quartermaine, Sir Allan". Who Was Who 1920-2015 online edn. A&C Black/OUP. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 32994. p. 8344. 18 November 1924. Retrieved 24 February 2009.
  8. ^ The London Gazette: no. 33129. p. 791. 2 February 1926. Retrieved 28 February 2009.
  9. ^ The London Gazette: no. 33146. p. 2276. 30 March 1926. Retrieved 28 February 2009.
  10. ^ The London Gazette: no. 34568. p. 6990. 8 November 1938. Retrieved 28 February 2009.
  11. ^ The London Gazette: no. 36353. p. 574. 28 January 1944. Retrieved 1 March 2009.
  12. ^ The London Gazette: no. 40272. p. 5147. 7 September 1954. Retrieved 28 February 2009.
  13. ^ The London Gazette: no. 40829. p. 4076. 13 July 1956. Retrieved 28 February 2009.
  14. ^ The London Gazette: no. 42196. p. 7861. 18 November 1960. Retrieved 28 February 2009.

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Preceded by
William Glanville
President of the Institution of Civil Engineers
November 1951 – November 1952
Succeeded by
Henry Cronin