RemarksFree Mason at the Royal Sussex (No. 342) Lodge; Associate Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Engineer Lieutenant-Commander THOMAS ARNOLD VENNING, R.N., was born at St. Feock, Truro, on 4th January 1875.
He received his education at St. Feock School and under private tuition at Truro.
At the age of sixteen he was apprenticed to Messrs. Pool, Skinner and Williams engineers, of Falmouth. During this period he attended classes at the Falmouth Technical School, and gained many certificates and prizes.
On the expiration of his apprenticeship in 1896 he entered the Royal Navy as assistant engineer, having passed the competitive examination held at Greenwich, and his first appointment was to H.M.S. "Victory" at Portsmouth. Since then he served in various ships on Home and Foreign Stations.
In 1901 he was promoted to be Engineer Lieutenant, and early in the current year Engineer Lieutenant-Commander. His first foreign service was in H.M.S. "Undaunted" on the China Station from 1897 to 1901, and during that period he served in connexion with the Boxer rising.
He also served in H.M.S. "Encounter," having previously been appointed to her while building at Devonport, and left in her for the Australian Station, where he remained until 1908.
On his return to England he served in other ships, the last one being H.M.S. "Pathfinder" in 1912, in which his life was lost through a German submarine attack about 20 miles off St. Abb's Head on 5th September 1914, in his fortieth year.
He was elected an Associate Member of this Institution in 1900.
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Died on This Day: 25th Sep
1914 - STILLWELL William John 1915 - ATKINS Reinfred 1915 - BRAY Edwin 1915 - CAMPBELL Kenneth Grodon 1915 - CARVER Frank Maitland 1915 - GEAKE Lawrence Ching 1915 - GERMAN Theodore 1915 - HOCKING Samuel 1915 - INCH Harry 1915 - JOHNSTON Alexander Downing