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George Robert Mockridge

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George Robert Mockridge (1854-1903)


1903 Obituary [1]

GEORGE ROBERT MOCKRIDGE was born at Bristol in 1854, and entered upon his telegraphic career in 1869.

Five years later he joined the service of the Direct United States Cable Company, and served them successively in Torbay, Nova Scotia, Rye Beach, New Hampshire, and Boston, Massachusetts.

In June, 1881, he resigned his appointment with that Company to take up the superintendency of the Penzance station of the Western Union Company. Here he remained until the time of his death, which occurred at Penzance in March, 1903, after an illness of a few weeks' duration. Of a robust constitution, his early death came as a great shock to the many friends that he had made in the course of an active life.

His character was summed up as follows in an appreciative article from the pen of a colleague, written in the Penzance Evening Tidings of March 30, 1903: "Of a happy and optimistic disposition, true-hearted, open-handed and ever ready to help, conscientious in his dealings with his fellow-men, and in the best essentials a gentleman."

Mr. Mockridge was elected a Member of the Institution on the 23rd of January, 1896.


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