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Frederick Weston Peile

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Lieut-Gen Frederick Weston Peile RN (1828-1902)

1903 Obituary [1]

FREDERICK WESTON PEILE, Lieutenant-General R.E. retired, died at his residence, Broomhill, Inverness, on the 31st December, 1902, aged 74.

Born at Stamford Hill in 1828, he entered the corps of Royal Engineers, and proceeding to India in 1848, joined the Public Works Department as an Assistant Engineer, being promoted to Executive Engineer in 1851. As Executive Engineer he had charge of the Patna Branch Road and of the Hazaribagh and Allahabad Divisions.

In 1863 he was promoted to Superintending Engineer, and in that capacity he was in charge successively of the second and first circles of the North Western Provinces, and subsequently of the surveys and preliminary estimates for the Agra District Rajputana State Railway.

In 1873 he was promoted to Chief Engineer and was posted to Mooltan on the construction of the Indus Valley State Railway, on which are the well-known Empress and Sukkur bridges. Coming home in 1876 General Peile was employed on inspection of State Railway stores.

He returned to India in 1878 as Director of State Railways and four years later was appointed Secretary to the Government of India.

In 1884 he retired and took up his residence in Inverness.

General Peile was a Justice of the Peace of Inverness-shire and a member of the Managing Board of St. Andrew's Cathedral. During the South African War he acted SE Secretary to the Inverness-shire branch of the Widows and Orphans Association.

He was elected an Associate of the Institution on the 30th May, 1876.

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