Engineer Vice-Admiral Sir Henry John Oram, K.C.B., F.R.S

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OF the many engineers who held high positions during the Great War, none had a more onerous and responsible task than Engineer Vice-Admiral Sir Henry Oram, who died at Cranleigh on May 5 at the age of eighty years. From October 1907 until June 1917 he was engineer-in-chief of the Fleet, and as such was responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of the machinery of hundreds of warships from battleships to armed trawlers, and for a personnel of something like 70,000–80,000 officers and men. He had served in various grades at the Admiralty from 1884 until 1907, when he succeeded Engineer Vice-Admiral Sir John Durston and “under him”, as The Times said, “was created the post-Dreadnought Fleet, which formed the backbone of the Navy in the conflict with Germany, and the very high standard of efficiency obtained under the stress of war hi the engine rooms of ships of all types and classes reflected the highest credit upon his professional skill, sound judgment and administrative ability”.

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SMITH, E. Engineer Vice-Admiral Sir Henry John Oram, K.C.B., F.R.S. Nature 143, 929–930 (1939) doi:10.1038/143929a0

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