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Thomas Peter Brome Giles

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Thomas Peter Brome Giles (1883-1951)

1952 Obituary [1]

"THOMAS PETER BROME GILES was born in 1883, and had a long connection with railways abroad as a locomotive engineer. He served an apprenticeship in the Crewe works of the London and North Western Railway, from 1903 to 1907, and continued in the service of the company for a further four years, being first employed in the drawing office and later as an erecting shop foreman. In 1911 he went to Assam on his appointment as assistant locomotive, carriage, and wagon superintendent with the Assam Railway and Trading Co. During the 1914-18 war he served for three years in the Railway Operating Division of the Royal Engineers in France.

After assisting in the erection and equipment of the base locomotive works at Rouen he was placed in charge of the base, with the rank of acting major. In this capacity he controlled a staff of 1,800 officers and men in addition to 900 prisoners. He returned to the service of the Assam Railways in 1920, but three years later he was invalided home. After recuperation he went to Mauritius in 1926 to take up the appointment of mechanical engineer and works manager to the government railway. This position he retained until his retirement in 1944. Mr. Giles had been a Member of the Institution since 1931. His death occurred on 4th July 1951."

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