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Joshua Field (1829-1904)

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Joshua Field (1829-1904)

1861 Joshua Field, Junior, Cheltenham Place, Lambeth.[1]

1862 Joshua Field, Junior, Cheltenham Place, Lambeth.[2]

1904 Obituary [3]

JOSHUA FIELD, who died on the 29th April, 1904, at Hove, Sussex, was the eldest son of the late Joshua Field, F.R.S., Past-President, one of the founders of the Institution.

Born on the 29th December, 1829, the subject of this notice was educated at Mill Hill and at King’s College, London.

Subsequently he entered the works of Maudslay, Sons and Field, marine engineers, of Lambeth and Greenwich, and on the death of his father became a partner, acquiring jointly with his brother, Telford Field, a large interest in the firm.

For a period of over twenty-five years he assisted, in conjunction with Walter Maudslay and the Hon. George Duncan, in the successful conduct of the firm’s business, which included the design and construction of marine engines and other machinery for the British and foreign Governments, as well as for the large steam navigation companies.

On the retirement of the Hon. George Duncan in 1887, the firm was turned into a limited company, the late R. Sennett, M. Inst. C.E., then chief engineer to the Navy, resigning his post at the Admiralty to join the board. After a time, however, the new company became financially involved, and a further loss was sustained in the premature death of Mr. Sennett.

In 1898 Mr. Field was compelled by ill-health to resign his directorship, but not until, in his efforts to retrieve the position of the company, he had sacrificed a large private fortune.

Mr. Field, who resided for many years at Latchmere House, Ham, Surrey, was a Justice of the Peace and Deputy-Lieutenant for that county, and a Justice of the Peace for the county of London. He was also a Knight of the Crown of Italy. He married in 1855 Emma Jessie, the eldest daughter of Mr. Robert Mindham Evans, of Wateringbury, Kent, who survives him.

Mr. Field was elected an Associate of the Institution on the 3rd March, 1857, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 20th May, 1862.

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