Posted 16 June 2012 - 05:24 PM
Only one bit of this helpful but this is my entry on Thomas Slater Price in my Great War Trail of Birmingham. Arthur Langley was CO at Stratford from May 1918.....
‘Corris’, Maney Hill Road. In addition to Arthur Langley (see 31, Francis Road Stechford) another former King Edward's School pupil served at the Stratford Experimental Station, London, of the Royal Naval Air Service. Born in 1875 in Wednesbury, Thomas Slater Price had attended King Edward’s School between 1887 and 1890. In 1891 his family were at 23, Stafford Street, Wednesbury where his father Thomas, a schoolmaster, was head of a family of eight children. In 1892 he began a course at Mason College, the forerunner of Birmingham University, where he achieved a first class science degree in 1895. In the same year he became Priestley research scholar in Chemistry at the College going on a year later to study under Professor Wilhelmn Ostwald at the University of Leipzig. In 1898 he studied at Professor Arrhenius’s laboratory at the Hogskola, Stockholm. Both these professors were eminent men and won Nobel prizes for Chemistry in 1909 and 1903 respectively. These experiences enabled him to achieve a doctorate at Mason College in 1900. He was at a new family home in Walsall Street, Wednesbury at the time of the 1901 census when he was described as a ‘lecturer in Chemistry’. This was probably at the Birmingham Municipal Technical College in Suffolk Street because in 1903 he became head of the Chemistry Department there. His tenure, which lasted until, 1920, was interrupted by the war. In 1905 he married Florence, also from Wednesbury, and by 1911 they were living in Maney Hill Road, Sutton Coldfield, with two young children, his brother, brother-in-law and one servant. In December 1917 he held the rank of lieutenant commander in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, having joined in 1916, and was based at Stratford, east London. He was in charge of the research laboratory and the Prussic Acid and Smoke Mixture Producing Plants. His work on chloro-sulphuric acid led to the production of the ‘artificial fog’ for the Zeebrugge Raid in April 1918. That year he was also the Admiralty Chemical representative on the Chemical Warfare Committee. For his war work he was awarded the OBE (military). By 1931 he was Professor of Chemistry at Heriot-Watt College, Edinburgh,from where he retired in 1940. He died on October 29 1949.
Obituary in ‘Nature’. December 31 1949.