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Charles Cleworth

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Charles Cleworth (1831-1875)

1866 Cleworth, Charles, Assistant Locomotive Superintendent, East Indian Railway, Jumalpore, India.[1]

1875 September 15th. Died.[2]

1876 Obituary [3]

CHARLES CLEWORTH was born at Atherton near Manchester on 1st March 1831, and served his apprenticeship to mechanical engineering with Messrs. Sharp Stewart and Co., Atlas Works, Manchester, by whom he was afterwards employed for some time in taking out their engines to Russia, Poland, and the West Indies.

In 1862 he went under Mr. Armstrong, locomotive superintendent of the Great Western Railway, to gain an insight into railway working; and in 1863 he was appointed a District Locomotive Superintendent on the East Indian Railway.

This situation he retained till the time of his death, being stationed successively at Allahabad, Jumalpore, and Howrah.

On returning to India in 1872 after a visit to England, he was attacked by fever, which laid the foundation of a fatal disease, that necessitated his return to England at the end of 1874; after a temporary improvement of health during the next few months, the disease of heart and brain increased rapidly, and his death took place on 15th September 1875, at the age of 44.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1866.

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