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Arnold Horne

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Arnold Horne (1855-1881)

1884 Obituary [1]

ARNOLD HORNE, the eldest son of the Rev. D. Horne, of Hanley, was born at Heckmondwike, in the county of York, on the 23rd of May, 1856.

He received private tuition at home, and then was sent in 1870 to Mill Hill School, Middlesex. He passed the junior and senior Cambridge local examinations with honours, and matriculated at the London University, besides carrying off some of the best prizes in the school. He was gold medallist in 1872, and won the same distinction a second time in the following year.

He entered the Royal Indian Civil Engineering College, Cooper's Hill, in 1874, and in 1877 received an appointment as Assistant-Engineer, second grade, in the Public Works Department of the Indian Civil Service.

After spending another year in England in some of the large engineering establishments, he proceeded to India to headquarters in Calcutta, and afterwards was employed at several of the stations in Bengal, chiefly on public buildings, bridges, roads, &c. He was promoted from second to first grade Assistant-Engineer on the 13th of May, 1881. He was then residing at Durbhungah, Tirhoot.

But the climate of India was telling on a constitution which had never been robust. He had suffered from several attacks of malarial fever, when symptoms of laryngeal phthisis began to show themselves. He was ordered a sea voyage, and went to Australia, by which his health was considerably benefited, but the improvement was temporary. A relapse came on, the symptoms became more alarming than ever, and before the close of 1882 he resolved to ask for two years’ sick leave.

His application was granted by the Government, and he left India on the 1st of January, 1883, with the intention of going to the south of France. But his departure had been too long delayed. He gradually lost strength, and died on board the "Ravenna" (P. and 0. s.s.), on the 26th of January.

Mr. Horne waa elected an Associate Member of the Institution on the 31st of May, 1881.

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