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Francis Frederick Bennett

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Francis Frederick Bennett (1865-1940)

1865 May 23rd. Born in Inverurie, a Club Manager, the son of Frederick Bennett and his wife Jennifer Birch

Worked at the Empalme Lobos station for the Buenos Aires Great Southern Railway

1906 Became Freemason in Buenos Ayres lodge

1940 Obituary [1]

FRANCIS FREDERICK BENNETT was born in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, in 1866 and received his early education at Archbishop Tennison's Grammar School and King's College School, London. He served his apprenticeship from 1881 to 1886 with the South Eastern Railway Company, at their Ashford works. In 1887 he was appointed improver to Robert Napier, Marine Engineers, Govan, and after holding similar appointments in London with Verity and Sons, Electricians, and the Ward Electrical Car Company, he proceeded in 1890 to Argentina to join the Buenos Aires Great Southern Railway.

He remained with that company for 20 years, serving for the last six years as District Locomotive Superintendent. In 1906, he became traction superintendent in Buenos Aires for the Buenos Aires Pacific Railway, and was transferred to Bahia Blanca in 1908, and to Mendoza in 1910, in a similar capacity. He was appointed acting assistant locomotive superintendent at Junin in 1915, being promoted in the following year to acting chief mechanical engineer and traction superintendent, a position he held until his retirement in 1928.

Mr. Bennett, whose death occurred on 20th April 1940, was elected a Member of the Institution in 1916.

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