John H Barton, 57, retired grocer, b Norfolk
Jane, 67, b Lincs
1913: Osborne House, Rochester Villas
George J Dring, butcher
1951 – 1965:
James Riddick Partington, MBE, chemist
Partington joined the army in 1914 as World War I began in Eastern Europe. He was first assigned to work with Eric Ridealon the purification of water for troops on the Somme. Later the two chemists turned to the question of the oxidation of nitrogen to form nitric acid and investigated the Haber-Bosch process that the Germans were pursuing. Thus, he was transferred to a group led by Frederick G. Donnan, which worked on the production of nitric acid for munitions. Captain Partington was appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Military Division for this latter work.
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