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Francis William Isherwood West (c1831-1860)
1861 Obituary 
MR. FRANCIS WILLIAM ISHERWOOD WEST, was the only Son of the late Mr. Francis West, of the Honourable East India Company’s Service.
He was educated at Blackheath, and after serving a regular pupilage under Mr. T. H. Bertram, (M. Inst. C.E.,) at Reading, he was employed by the late Mr. Brunel, for upwards of three years, as an Assistant Engineer, on the construction of the Oxford and Birmingham Railways, and then for one year by Mr. J. R. McClean, (V.P. Inst. C.E.,) on the Birmingham, Wolverhampton, and Dudley Railway. After these lines were opened, he acted for nearly four years, as Resident Engineer on the Wolverhampton division of the Great Western Railway.
In September, 1858, he was engaged on the Engineering staff of the East Indian Railway, and on joining, he was appointed Resident Engineer on the Ishangerah division of the line. He continued in the active prosecution of his professional duties in India, until he was prematurely cut off, after a few days’ illness, by an attack of cholera, on the 25th of March, 1860, in the twenty-ninth year of his age.
He had only been elected a Member of the Institution, on the 7th of February preceding, and he died before the intelligence of his election could reach him.