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Edward Hugh Day

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Edward Hugh Day (1868-1896)

1896 Obituary [1]

EDWARD HUGH DAY, the fifth son of Mr. Gerard James Day, of Horsford, near Norwich, was born on the 30th of July, 1868.

He commenced his engineering career in 1886 as an apprentice in the works of Messrs. Aveling and Porter at Rochester, where he remained two years.

He then served a short apprenticeship to Mr. William Marriott, Engineer and Locomotive Superintendent of the Eastern and Midlands Railway.

From July, 1890, to December, 1882, he was Resident Engineer for Messrs. Thomas Meik and Sons on the Forfar and Brechin Railway, after which he returned to Mr. Marriott as Clerk of the Works on the reconstruction of Potter Higham Bridge, on the Eastern and Midlands line.

He then acted as Resident Engineer for Mr. R. M. Parkinson on the Lostwithiel and Fowey extension of the Cornwall Minerals Railway.

In 1895 Mr. Day was appointed an Assistant Engineer on the Bengal-Nagpur Railway. Unfortunately his health, which had never been very robust, was unable to stand the Indian climate, and an attack of cholera ended fatally in twelve hours.

He died at Bannapur on the 31st of March, 1896. Mr. Day was most conscientious and painstaking in all he undertook and his genial disposition made him a general favourite.

He was elected an Associate Member on the 22nd of May, 1894.

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