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Steevens, Arthur Ewart, 1906-1973, architect and builder

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  • 1906 - 1973

Born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, son of builder William Steevens, 1906; educated at Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, 1917-1923; Regent Street Polytechnic School of Architecture, 1923-1926; awarded Intermediate Certificates of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), 1926; qualified for membership of the Royal Institute of Sanitary Engineers (later the Royal Society of Health), 1927; studied town planning; assistant, Works Department, Bush House Ltd, and draughtsman for US architectural firm Helme Corbett & Harrison, c 1927; Clerk of Works and Department Manager, Bush House West Wing extension, 1927-1928; senior assistant, Department of Overseas Trade, c 1929; assistant, London County Council Construction Department (Hospitals), c 1930; Clerk of Works for underpinning work on the Press Association building, Fleet Street, c 1931; elected Associate Architect, Incorporated Association of Architects and Surveyors, 1931; became a partner in his family’s building business, W A Steevens & Son Ltd, High Wycombe, 1931; as Steevens & Partners Ltd worked on Ministry of Defence contracts on aerodromes, factories and power supply lines, World War Two; leader, Wycombe Group of Builders for bomb-damage repair work in Hayes and Lewisham; Steevens & Partners Ltd resumed peace-time building and renovation work, postwar; retired, 1969; Chairman, Building and Environment Group, Royal Society of Health, c 1970; died, 1973.

Abraham, Sir William Ernest Victor, 1897-1980, Knight, Major General

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  • 1897-1980

Born 1897; educated at Methodist College, Belfast and Royal College of Science, Dublin; worked as a geologist for Burmah Oil Company Limited in Burma and India, 1920-1937; joined Burma Auxiliary Force and served as Trooper, 1920-1921; 2nd Lt, 1927; Lt, 1930; Capt, 1932; Maj, 1933; Lt Col, 1933; commanded Upper Burma Bn, Burma Auxiliary Force, 1933-1938; honorary Col, 1937; resigned, 1938; enrolled in Army Officer's Emergency Reserve and affiliated to 1 Bn, The Rangers, The King's Royal Rifle Corps, 1938; rejoined Army as 2nd Lt, Corps of Royal Engineers, 1940; attended Staff College, Senior Wing, Minley Manor, 1940; posted to War Office as Staff Capt, 1940; served in World War Two in Greece, Middle East, Burma, Tunisia and Sicily, 1939-1945; served on Staff of Gen Sir Archibald Percival Wavell, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, 1941; awarded CBE, 1942; served in India and Burma, 1943-1945; Controller General of Military Economy, India, 1945; re-employed by Burmah Oil Company Limited, 1945; retired as Managing Director of Burma Oil Company Limited, 1955; Lay Member of Restrictive Practices Court, 1961-1970; National Chairman, Burma Star Association, 1962-1977; member of British Transport Consultative Committee; knighted, 1977; elected life Vice President of the Burma Star Association, 1977; died 1980.

Publications:Time off for war: the recollections of a wartime Staff Officer [1982].

Abbott, Eric Symes, 1906-1983, Very Reverend, Anglican clergyman, Dean of Westminster

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  • 1906-1983

Born 1906; educated Nottingham High School and Jesus College, Cambridge University; Curate, St John's Church, Smith Square, Westminster, 1930-1932; Chaplain, King's College London, 1932-1936; Chaplain to Lincoln's Inn, London, 1935-1936; Warden of the Scholae Cancellarii, Lincoln (Lincoln Theological College), 1936-1945; Canon and Reverend Prebendary of Lincoln Cathedral, 1940-1960; Dean of King's College London, 1945-1955; Head of Department and Faculty of Theology, King's College London, 1945-1955; Warden of a hostel for King's College theological students, Vincent Square, London, 1945-1955; founded a postgraduate college at Warminster, Wiltshire, for the immediate pre-ordination spiritual and pastoral training of King's ordinands; Warden of Keble College, Oxford University, 1956-1960; Chaplain to King George VI, 1948-1952, and to Queen Elizabeth II, 1952-1959; Dean of Westminster, 1959-1974; KCVO, 1966; Extra Chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II, 1974; Fellow of King's College London, 1946; Chaplain and Sub-Prelate, Order of St John of Jerusalem, 1969; Freeman, City of Westminster, 1973; Honorary Fellow of Keble College, 1960, and Jesus College, 1966; retired, 1974; died 1983.

Publications: Education in the spiritual life (Doncaster, 1961); Catholicity: a study in the conflict of Christian traditions in the West (Dacre Press, Westminster, 1947); Escape or freedom? (Heffer and Sons, Cambridge, 1939); Foothold of faith (Dacre Press, Westminster, 1943); The compassion of God and the Passion of Christ (Geoffrey Bles, London, 1963).