Tweedy, Robert Arthur Milford (1901-1946)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Robert Arthur Milford Tweedy (1901-1946), born 5 November 1901, son of Arthur Clement Tweedy (Old Shirburnian), The Priory House, Monmouth.
Attended Monmouth Grammar School.
Attended Sherborne School (Abbeylands) January 1916-July 1919; 6th form; 1st XV rugby football (1918-1919); Lance-Corporal in OTC.
London University, BSc.
WW2, Colonel in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Killed in action on Bali, Indonesia on 6 April 1946, aged 44.
Jakarta War Cemetery, Indonesia, 5. E. 1. www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2171281/tweedy,-rober...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Abbeylands roll of honour; memorial pew no.19 in the School Chapel.
Obituary, Institute of Mechanical Engineers: '"Lt.-Colonel RORERT ARTHUR MILFORD TWEEDY was killed on active service in the Dutch East Indies in 1946; he was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1931.
He was born in 1901, and after completing his general education at Monmouth Grammar and Sherborne Schools took a mechanical engineering course at the City and Guilds College, South Kensington, obtaining the College diploma and graduating B.Sc. in 1922. His apprenticeship was served with Messrs. Swan, Hunter, and Richardson, Ltd., at Walker on Tyne, in whose service he continued as a draughtsman for a brief period. After undergoing a training course at Woolwich he joined the R.A.O.C, in 1927 as lieutenant, being assistant to the officer in charge of the repair shop at Tidworth Camp, and later officer in charge of armament inspections.
In 1930, as O.M.E., he was placed in charge of the camp's repair shop with responsibility for the maintenance of all gun tractors, light tanks, etc., on Salisbury Plain and the South Midland Area. From 1933 to 1938 be served in India, and on his return to England was seconded to the India Office, where he acted as Technical Adviser until 1942. At the conclusion of a senior officer's course he proceeded overseas in the following year and saw service in Ceylon, India and Burma. Later he was posted to the H.Q. of the 15th Indian Corps as D.D.M.E., with which he was transferred to Batavia. Colonel Tweedy was killed on the island of Bali, his burial taking place with full military honours at Sourabaya, Java."
Old Shirburnian Society Annual Report, September 1947:
'Tweedy, Robert Arthur Milford (f 1916-1919) was the son of an OS and was a member of the XV in 1918. On leaving he went to London University where he took his degree as BSc. In 1927 he passed out of Woolwich at the head of his class with distinction as an ordnance mechanical engineer. In 1939, after three years previous service in India, he was appointed technical adviser to the India Office. A correspondent in The Times writes that his happy disposition and witty tongue, allied to his clear and logical mind, his undoubted technical ability and great strength of character, combined to make a personality that was held in affection and respect by all who knew him. He was reported as missing on the island of Bali in the Netherlands East Indies, and later it was confirmed that he had met his death at the hands of the extremists.'