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Charles James Kerr Grieve

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Charles James Kerr Grieve (1878-1933)

1933 Obituary [1]

CHARLES JAMES KERR GRIEVE, who had been Honorary Corresponding Member of the Institution for the Federated Malay States since 1927, was born in Edinburgh in 1878. He received his technical education at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College, and from 1895 to 1900 served an apprenticeship in the locomotive works of the Caledonian Railway.

In 1901 he became shop foreman for Messrs. Howarth, Erskine, at Bangkok, and shortly afterwards went to sea as engineer for nine years. He finally obtained his extra first-class certificate in 1910. During the following two years he was resident engineer for the Sungei Besi Mines and was responsible for the installation of the machinery and pumping plant.

In 1913 he joined Messrs. D. G. Robertson and Company, engineers, of Kuala Lumpur, and supervised the construction of a 350-foot span bridge at Telok Datoh.

Mr. Grieve was appointed in 1914 constructional engineer to the Federated Engineering Company, Kuala Lumpur, retaining this position till 1924, when he joined Messrs. James Craig as manager, finally becoming managing director. He was responsible for the building of one of the largest bridges in the Federated Malay States, the Iskandar Bridge across the Perak River. The bridge measures 928 feet between abutments and cost about 1,500,000 dollars; it was formally opened by H.H. the Sultan of Perak in 1932.

Mr. Grieve had been a Member of the Institution since 1916, and he died at sea on 13th June 1933.

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