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Charles William Morgan (1859-1886)

1887 Obituary [1]

CHARLES WILLIAM MORGAN, the youngest son of John Robley Morgan, of her Majesty's Bombay Civil Service, was born on the 7th of December, 1850, at Tannah, India.

He was educated first at private schools at Brighton ; and he afterwards proceeded to Germany, where he remained three years, studying subjects connected with his intended profession of a civil engineer, for which he had an early predilection.

In the year 1876 he entered the Glasgow University and remained there three years attending lectures on civil engineering, mechanics, &c., in which subjects he passed creditable examinations, intending at some future time to take his degree as Bachelor of Science.

He became an articled pupil to Mr. Shelford, M.Inst.C.E., in September 1880, and, after a brief period of office routine, was placed in charge of the works in connection with the construction of the Southwark and Deptford tramways.

In July 1881 he was appointed by Messrs. Shelford and Bohn, MM.Inst.C.E., Assistant District Engineer, on the extensive works of the Hull and Barnsley Railway, of which they were joint Engineers, and in this capacity gave such excellent proof of ability that he was subsequently entrusted with the responsible supervision of a district, the works of which he carried through to completion.

On the termination of his engagement with Mr. Shelford, Mr. Morgan accepted employment under Sir John Coode, V.-P. Inst. C.E., at the Peterhead Harbour works, a post which he resigned in November 1885, in order to take up an appointment on the staff of the Indian Midland Railway Company ; and at the time of his very sudden death (due to heat apoplexy) on the 27th of May, 1886, at Gwalior, was in camp engaged on the field-work connected with that railway.

Mr. Morgan was in his work energetic and persevering, and during his brief professional career gave excellent promise of a most successful future. He possessed a rare amount of tact and shrewdness combined with a courteous and genial manner which procured him many friends, of whom those privileged to enjoy his close personal acquaintance will ever treasure the memory.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution on the 1st of December, 1885.

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