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Charles George Wilson

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Charles George Wilson (c1834-1902)

1874 of Royal Exchange Buildings; joined Inst Civil Engineers[1]

1904 Obituary [2]

CHARLES GEORGE WILSON, after serving an apprenticeship of seven years, from 1843 to 1851, under Sir John Anderson, was employed by various engineering firms and railway companies.

At the commencement of the Crimean War Mr. Wilson joined the expeditionary force sent against the Russian forts of Petropavlovski.

In 1854 he proceeded to India, and was employed by C. B. Ker as an Assistant in the Locomotive and Carriage Department of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway.

In 1856 he became Assistant to James Berkley, Chief Engineer of the line, with whom he remained three years.

In 1860 Mr. Wilson was appointed 2nd Class Assistant Engineer on the Bombay and Baroda Railway, in which capacity he had responsible charge of works in various districts.

In 1863 he returned to England, and was subsequently engaged on his own account and for his brother, James Wilson, on various engineering works, railway surveys, etc., and as Assistant Engineer for the Central Northern Argentine Railway.

In 1873 he went to Japan as one of the principal Railway Engineers for the Japanese Government. He liked the climate, the people and the country so much, that he wrote home he did not think he should ever return, and he died there on the 11th April, 1902, in his seventy-fifth year.

Mr. Wilson was elected an Associate of the Institution on the 3rd February, 1874, and was subsequently placed among the Associate Members.

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