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Henry Richard Clarke Pauling

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Henry Richard Clarke Pauling (1857-1897)

Died 1897 aged 40.[1]

1898 Obituary [2]

HENRY RICHARD CLARKE PAULING, born on the 8th November, 1857, was the son of Mr. Richard Clarke Pauling, of St. Ives, Hunts. After serving articles to the late Mr. Henry John Pauling, Chief Engineer of the Cape Government Railways, he was employed by the Cape Government as an Engineer on the surveys and construction of the Western system of railways. He left the Government service in 1885, and from that time until 1891 was in charge of the construction of the line from Aliwal North to Sterkstroom (90 miles in length) for the contractors, under the Government Engineer, Mr. F. G. Slessor; of the line from Orange River to Kimberley (80 miles), under Mr. R. E. Brounger; of the bridge over Vaal River, under Mr. R. E. Cooper; of the railway from Springs to Krugersdorp (60 miles in length) in the Transvaal; and of 15 miles of exceptionally heavy work on the Delagoa Bay Extension to Pretoria. In 1886 he became the engineering adviser of his brother, Mr. George Pauling, contractor for the above railways, and afterwards was Engineering Director of Messrs. Pauling & Co., Limited, and for them had charge of the construction of the Beira Railway (118 miles), under the Engineers, Sir George Bruce, Sir Charles Metcalfe, Bart., and Mr. Robert White, he being personally responsible for the staking out of the most difficult part of the line; the Vryburg-Mafeking Railway (90 miles) and the Mafeking-Buluwayo Railway (480 miles), under Sir Douglas Fox and Sir Charles Metcalfe; and the Indwe Railway (65 miles). He was also engaged on the lines from Beira to Fontesville (34 miles) and from Chimoio to the Frontier (55 miles), under Sir George Bruce and Sir Charles Metcalfe; from Ashton to Swellendam (40 miles), under Mr. R. E. Cooper ; and the Umtali-Salisbury Railway (170 miles), recently commenced.

Mr. Pauling acted as Consulting Engineer to the Metropolitan Railway of Constantinople from Galata to Pera, to the Huina Piden Colliery Company, to several gold-mining companies, and to the foreign bankers, Messrs. Emile Erlanger & Co., as well as to other companies. Although he suffered from a very painful illness, which he knew must terminate fatally, he stuck to work to the last, and attended at his office until within a fortnight of his death, which took place at the Grand Hotel, Charing Cross, on the 16th November, 1897. Mr. Pauling was elected an Associate on the 6th May, 1884, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 13th April, 1897.

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