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Gilbert Henry Garrett

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Gilbert Henry Garrett (1855-1889)

1889 Obituary [1]

GILBERT HENRY GARRETT was born at Tamworth on the 4th of March, 1855, and was educated at the Clergy Orphan School, Canterbury.

From youth his taste lay in the direction of engineering, and accordingly he was educated with a view of embracing that profession, becoming a pupil under Mr. W. Adams, of the Great Eastern Railway.

Afterwards, when that gentleman was made Locomotive Superintendent of the London and South-Western Railway, Mr. Garrett was appointed his assistant. In this capacity he materially rendered great help in re-arranging the works connected with that company.

A vacancy occurring at Messrs. Sterne and Co.’s Works, Glasgow, he was made manager, and remained there for about three years.

After the death of Mr. Douglass, of Messrs. Stephenson’s Works, Newcastle, he was appointed to direct the affairs of that well-known establishment in September 1885. This office he filled with conspicuous ability up to the time of his premature death, which occurred on the 10th of March, 1889.

Mr. Garrett was elected an Associate Member of the Institution on the 1st of March, 1881.

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