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Cyril Joseph Thunder (1875-1908)
1908 Obituary 
CYRIL JOSEPH THUNDER was born at Parsonstown Manor, Co. Meath, Ireland, on 27th July 1875, and received his early education at Mount St. Mary's College, Chesterfield.
In 1892 he studied at the Royal College of Science in Dublin, and in 1894 commenced an apprenticeship in the Dundalk Works of the Great Northern Railway of Ireland.
On its termination in 1898 he remained as a draughtsman until the following year, when he became assistant locomotive inspector on the Ferro Carril Veste de Buenos Aires.
In September 1899 be entered the drawing-office of the same railway, remaining there until April 1901, when he became draughtsman in the works of the Ferro Carril Gran Sud de Buenos Aires.
For a short time in 1902 he acted as mechanical engineer in charge of the western section of the Central Uruguay Railway, and in December 1902 he was appointed assistant locomotive engineer to the Great Western of Brazil Railway at Pernambuco.
This position he held up to the time of his death, which took place at Pernambuco on 17th January 1908, at the age of thirty-two.
He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1903.