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Edwin Cornish

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Edwin Cornish (1857-1917)

1918 Obituary [1]

Engineer-Captain EDWIN CORNISH, R.N., was born in 1857.

He served as an engineer student from 1872 to 1878 at the Royal Dockyards, Sheerness and Chatham, where he received his practical and theoretical education in engineering.

He entered the Royal Navy as assistant engineer in 1878, and received a further course of instruction at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, until 1879, in which year he was appointed to H.M.S. "Eclipse."

From 1883 to 1885 he was engineer on H.M.S. "Slaney," and until 1889 on H.M.S. "Constance," when he became engineer-in-charge at H.M. Dockyard, Halifax. He held this post for three years, and was then appointed chief engineer to H.M.S. "Brilliant."

In December 1899 he was promoted to Fleet-Engineer, and four years later to Engineer-Commander, serving on H.M.S. "Africa " and H.M.S. "Cressy."

In 1908 he became Engineer-Captain, and in the following year he served in H.M.S. "Shannon," in the Second Cruiser Squadron. He was placed on the retired list in January 1912, but in 1914 on the outbreak of war he returned to the Admiralty for a time, after which he was appointed Chief of Overseers for the Tyne District and Scotland.

In 1915 he was sent to Malta on special work and thence to Genoa, where his death took place on 23rd September 1917, at the age of sixty.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1895.

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