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Herbert Henry Edward Heath

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Herbert Henry Edward Heath (c1873-1904)

1905 Obituary [1]

HERBERT HENRY EDWARD HEATH died at Cape Town, November 27, 1904, at the age of 31.

Mr. Heath was apprenticed to Messrs. H. & J. Dale, London, in 1889, and afterwards joined the Acme Electrical Works of Chalk Farm, N.W.

His next post was shift engineer, and afterwards testing officer at the G.P.O. Telegraph Factory, Mount Pleasant, from which position he removed to South Africa in 1896, being employed for two succeeding years on the staff of the Metropolitan District Engineer, Post Office Telegraphs, Cape Town.

Subsequently he joined the De Beers Consolidated Mines, Kimberley, as electrical assistant, and remained with them until 1901. This period included the siege of Kimberley, when he took an active part in the work of defence.

At the end of 1902, after recovering from a severe attack of fever, he rejoined the Post Office Service in Cape Town with the rank of inspector, which he held until his death. For a considerable time he was honorary secretary to the Cape Town Local Section, displaying therein the same keen interest which had marked his connection with the Institution. Mr. Heath was devoted to his profession, in which he had considerable attainments. His loss was universally regretted, both professionally and personally, by all who were brought in contact with him, and at his death a vote of condolence was passed by the Cape Town Local Section.

Mr. Heath was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1900.

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