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James Riddick Partington

211 Mill Road, Osborne House, Rochester Villas

History of 211 Mill Road


John H Barton, 57, retired grocer, b Norfolk

Jane, 67, b Lincs

Martina Chiddenton, 61, dressmaker, b Norfolk

[In 1891 she was living with her husband in Cavendish Road. In 1911 she was at 13 Ross Street.]

See Mill Road Cemetery entry

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.

211 Mill Road



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