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Charles Richard Ernest Crook

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Charles Richard Ernest Crook (1863-1892)

1894 Obituary [1]

CHARLES RICHARD ERNEST CROOK, son of Mr. John Crook of Northam, near Southampton, was born on the 17th of September, 1863, and was educated at the School of Engineering attached to the Hartley Institution at Southampton, where he obtained a special prize for general work.

He was then engaged for some two years in superintending various contracts carried out by his father’s firm, among which may be mentioned a new quay and coal tramway for the Southampton Gas-light Co, and a new road bridge at Brockenhurst for the county authorities.

In May, 1882, Mr. Crook was appointed an assistant on the staff of the District Engineer at Clapham Junction of the London and South Western Railway. He remained in the service of that company for seven years, during which time he was engaged on various widening works both on the main and the Windsor lines, on new curves at Staines, Weybridge and Feltham, and on the rebuilding of Guildford and Woking stations.

He then proceeded in August, 1889, to South America, to take up the post of a draughtsman in the engineer’s office of the Central Argentine Railway Company....[more]

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