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William Henry Edgcome

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William Henry Edgcome (1832-1906)

1907 Obituary [1]

MAJOR-GENERAL WILLIAM HENRY EDGCOME, R.E. retired, who died at his residence, Coopers Hill Lodge, Englefield Green, Surrey, on the 31st August, 1906, aged 74 years, was born at Seringapatam in 1832, and, being destined for the East India Company’s service, he received his training at the military college of the Company at Addiscombe.

Proceeding to India, he was employed for many years on the trigonometrical survey of India and Burma.

In 1859 he returned to Addiscombe as Professor of Military Drawing and Surveys, and on the closing of the College in 1861 and the transfer of the Company’s forces to the Crown, the subject of this notice returned to India.

For some time he was President of the Engineering College at Madras, but relinquished that position in 1871, and came to England to take up the appointment of Professor of Surveying athe Royal Indian Engineering College, Coopers Hill, a post which he held until his retirement from the service in 1885.

He was elected an Associate of The Institution on the 9th January, 1866.

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