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George Holland Erskine

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George Holland Erskine (1858-1886)

1887 Obituary [1]

GEORGE HOLLAND ERSKINE was the eldest son of the late Captain David Holland Erskine, of the 92nd Gordon Highlanders. He was born on the 19th of December, 1858, at Madeira, where his father was at the time British Consul.

In 1878 he was articled to Mr. William Bell, M.Inst.C.E., under whom he was employed during the two following years on the Neath Harbour and Dock works.

In 1881 he was engaged by Messrs. Sir John Hawkshaw, Son, and Hayter, and was by them sent out to Goa to act as junior assistant to Mr. Ernest E. Sawyer, M.Inst.C.E., the Resident Engineer of the West of India Portuguese Railway, and of the Harbour Works at Mormugso. Here, by reason of his industry and ability, he was in 1885 promoted to senior assistant.

Here also a career, bright with promise, was brought to an untimely end by a very sad accident. While one dark night proceeding along the railway in a trolley, the vehicle came into collision with some trucks. Mr. Erskine was thrown violently off the trolley, and the buffer-hook entering his leg he bled to death.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution on the 5th of February, 1884, having been previously a Student.

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