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Charles Granville Vines

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Charles Granville Vines (1873-1902)


1902 Obituary [1]

CHARLES GRANVILLE VINES was born at Peterborough on 18th February 1873.

Having been educated at Tossall School, near Fleetwood, and at the Lincoln School of Science and Art, he was apprenticed to Messrs. Robey and Co., Lincoln.

After serving nearly five years with that firm, he went as improver in the outside department of Messrs. Willans and Robinson of Thames Ditton, being afterwards employed for some time at Bankside at the City of London Electric Light Co.'s Works.

His health having become impaired, he went to South Africa, where he was engaged in engineering work for the Jumpers Deep and Glen Deep Mines and also other companies.

In 1899 he was appointed manager of Mr. Theodore Reunert's electrical works in Kimberley, and local agent for Messrs. Reunert and Lenz, of Johannesburg. He took part in the defence of Kimberley during the siege, and on the completion of the electric light installation he was appointed Borough Electrical Engineer by the Town Council of Kimberley.

His death from typhoid fever took place at Kimberley on 28th March 1902, at the age of twenty-nine.

He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1900.


1903 Obituary [2]

CHARLES GRANVILLE VINES, born in 1873, was educated at Christchurch School, Oxford, and at Rossall.

He served his apprenticeship, from 1890 to 1894, with Messrs. Robey and Co., of Lincoln, attending at the same time evening classes at the Lincoln School of Science and Art.

He was subsequently employed by Messrs. Willans and Robinson, working in their outside department at the City of London Electric Light Company's works at Bankside.

In 1897 he went to South Africa, where he was engaged in engineering work at Belingwe and at Johannesburg.

In 1899 he went to Kimberley as manager of Mr. Reunert's electrical works. During the siege of Kimberley he served as a non-commissioned officer in the Veterans' Company of the Town Guard, having previously served as a volunteer while at school. On the completion of the electric light installation he was unanimously elected Borough Electrical Engineer by the Kimberley Town Council.

And then, when his future seemed assured, he contracted typhoid fever and, after an illness of three weeks, died at Kimberley on the 28th of March, 1902, at the early age of twenty-nine.

He was elected an Associate Member of this Institution on the 10th of January, 1901, and was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.


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Sources of Information

  1. 1902 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries
  2. 1903 Institution of Electrical Engineers: Obituaries