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Robert Eric Anderson

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Robert Eric Anderson (c1892-1951)

1953 Obituary [1]

Lt.-Col. ROBERT ERIC ANDERSON, R.E., ret., was educated at Glasgow Academy, Loretto, and Glasgow University.

He served an apprenticeship with the North British Locomotive Company, Ltd., from 1908 to 1912 and, after some experience as a locomotive driver with the London and South Western Railway, obtained a commission in the Royal Field Artillery and saw service in France during the 1914-18 war.

He then took up an appointment with the Iraq railways as assistant locomotive superintendent, but after two years' experience went to India, where he held the same position with the Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway. Subsequently he became district officer with charge of 550 miles of track, and took over the duties of carriage works manager.

In 1927 he began a connexion with the Egyptian State Railways which lasted for several years. After acting as assistant divisional locomotive superintendent he was promoted to divisional superintendent.

During the 1939-45 war he served in the Royal Engineers.

Lt.-Col. Anderson, whose death occurred on 26th December 1951 at the age of fifty-nine, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1931.

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