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Stephen Lancelot Koe

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Stephen Lancelot Koe (c1828-1899)

1899 Obituary [1]

STEPHEN LANCELOT KOE died on May 5, 1899, at his residence in Brighton in his seventy-second year. Born in London on May 18, 1827, he was the son of the late H. B. Roe, Q.C.

In 1844 he was apprenticed to Mr. Thomas Paley at the Bowling Ironworks. He was subsequently engaged in the locomotive works of Messrs. E. B. Wilson & Co. of Leeds, and from 1849 to 1851 as assistant to the inspector of permanent way on the Great Western Railway at Bath.

In 1852 he was articled to a civil engineer, Mr. W. H. Sankey, to whom he acted as assistant on various railway works on the Continent. In 1857 he was engaged as assistant engineer on the Madras Railway.

In 1863 he returned to England and was appointed manager of the Bowling Iron Company. Two years later his sight began to fail, and in 1870 he resigned the managership in consequence of this failure.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1870.

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