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Charles George Washington Phillips

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Charles George Washington Phillips (1856-1900).

Died 1900 aged 44.[1]

1901 Obituary [2]

CHARLES GEORGE WASHINGTON PHILLIPS, born on the 25th June, 1856, began his engineering career as a pupil in the Engineer’s Office of the Great Northern Railway Company at King’s Cross.

In 1875, on the expiration of his pupilage, he entered the service of the Company, and was employed on works in connection with the widening of the line between London, Barnet and Hatfield.

In November, 1876, Mr. Phillips was appointed an Assistant Engineer on the Lincolnshire Division of the Great Northern Railway, and was placed in charge, under the District Engineer, Mr. Kirby, of the maintenance of 200 miles of railway and 55 miles of canal. He also had to prepare plans for new works and to be responsible for the reconstruction of bridges and the erection of stations and buildings.

Mr. Phillips held that post until 1895, when he was appointed Engineer to the Witham Drainage Commissioners.

He died on the 11th November, 1900.

Mr. Phillips was a man of many attainments - a good draughtsman, a musician of merit, a skilled wood-carver, and widely read on many scientific and other subjects.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution on the 6th February, 1891.

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