Senior Engineer Henry Walter Fawdon , Royal Naval Reserve, was appointed Chief Engineer on the s.s. “Nairnshire” in the year 1899.
He was born at Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, in 1857; started to work at the age of ten years, and subsequently served an apprenticeship of six years and six months at Forth Bank Works (R. and W. Hawthorne), at Newcastle-on-Tyne.
When he went to sea it was as third engineer in the vessels of Messrs Elliot, Lowry and Dumford, of Newcastle-on-Tyne. Mr. Fawdon was then promoted to the position of second engineer, and afterwards be-became chief engineer.
He subsequently entered the Chilian Government's service, on a torpedo catcher, as chief engineer, and, a year later, filled a similar position on the “Monte Bello,” of the Italian navy. Mr. Fawdon then joined the Spanish service, as engineer-instructor for two years.
In August, 1889, he joined the Shire Line as chief engineer of the old “Nairnshire,” and afterwards brought out the “Perthshire,” a new vessel, on which he serv-as chief engineer for five years and six months.
He was then transferred to the “Nairnshire.” Mr. Fawdon joined the Royal Naval Reserve in 1892, and received his commission as senior engineer in January, 1899.
He married a daughter of Mr. J. Kelly, of Newcastle-on-Tyne, in May, 1887, and has, surviving, two daughters.