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Edward Backland Stuckley Aston

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Edward Backland Stuckley Aston (1868-1915)

1915 Obituary [1]

EDWARD BACKLAND STUCKEY ASTON was born in London on 20th July 1868.

He was educated at Christ's Hospital, and in 1886 became apprenticed to Mr. E. Hayes, Stony Stratford.

Three years later he went to Messrs. John Penn and Sons, Greenwich, with whom he remained until 1891, when he was engaged as erecting engineer by Messrs. Wiliam and Robinson.

He left this firm in 1893 and went for a few months to Mr. A. G. Mumford, Colchester, as draughtsman.

In 1894 he received an appointment in the locomotive department of the Midland Railway at Derby, but left in 1896 to take charge of Government workshops and marine plant in Lagos, West Africa.

His health failing, Mr. Aston returned to England in 1898, and, after taking charge of cement kilns for the firm of Messrs. Francis and Co., Rochester, for some six months, was engaged as engineering expert by Messrs. John Batt and Co., Ltd., London.

He left in 1904 to go to Messrs. Cammell Laird and Co., as one of their London representatives, and in 1909 started business on his own account as engineering merchant and contractor.

His death took place in London on 30th October 1915, at the age of forty-seven.

He was elected an Associate Member of this Institution in 1901.

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