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Captain Edward Fraser (1822-1857)

1861 Obituary [1]

CAPTAIN EDWARD FRASER, of the Bengal Engineers, Son of a Commander in the Navy of the East India Company, was born in September, 1822.

He entered the H. E. I. Company’s service in May, 1843, and was appointed to the corps of Sappers.

In 1845, he was employed upon the works of the Doab Canal, and in 1846, he received his commission as Lieutenant.

In July, 1847, he was appointed Executive Engineer Officer, in charge of the second division of the Ganges Canal.

In March, 1851, he returned, on sick leave, to Europe, where he remained till the end of 1853.

It was during this period, that he joined the Institution, of which he was elected an Associate in February, 1852.

On his return to India, he was employed in the Canal Department of the North Western Provinces, and as Magistrate at Roorkee.

In 1855, he became Superintendent of the Northern Division of the Ganges Canal, and in 1856, he was appointed Commandant of the Sappers and Miners. On the breaking out of the Mutiny, he hastened from Roorkee to Meerut, but he shared the fate of many of his brother officers, having been shot by the men under his command, on the 6th of May, 18a7.

While engaged on the Ganges Canal, he was placed in positions of great trust, and he served, for a long time, under Colonel Sir Proby Cautley, K.C.B., who described him as 'an excellent Engineer, most fertile in resources, and most indefatigable in carrying out his duties'.

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