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Thomas Matthew English

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Major Thomas Matthew English (1854-1928)

1928 Obituary [1]

Major THOMAS MATTHEW ENGLISH, V.D., was appointed in 1882 to erect and superintend the working of automatic weighing machinery in H.M. Mint, Bombay, and in 1890 was promoted to be superintendent of the die and coining department.

In 1900 and the following years he redesigned the coinage and built a new mint for the Nizam of Hyderabad, of which he became a mint-master until his retirement and return from India in 1908.

He served his apprenticeship in his father's agricultural engineering works at Ponders End, and from 1878 to 1881 was engaged in the chief engineer's department, Royal Dockyard, Chatham.

Since his return to England Major English had built up the successful business of the Sussex Tileries and Brickworks, and during the War was in charge of interned aliens in the Isle of Man, although he was then over 60 years of age.

He was born in the Fen district in 1854, and died on 30th July 1928.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1894.

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