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Benjamin Traill Ffinch

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Benjamin Traill Ffinch (c1840-1910)


1911 Obituary [1]

BENJAMIN TRAILL FFINCH, C.I.E., died on October 22, 1910, at Blackheath, at the age of 70.

He joined the Indian Telegraph Department in 1857, and had a large share in the development and extension of the telegraph service on its administration being taken over by the Government.

In April, 1875, he was appointed Deputy-Director of the Indo-European Telegraph Department, and given charge of the Persian Gulf section.

In 1893 he was made Director-Engineer of the same department, with headquarters at the India Office. He represented his department at Buda Pest in 1896, and received the decoration of C.I.E. in the following year. He retired from the service in 1902, and since 1904 was a director of Henley's Telegraph Works Company.

He had been a Member of the Institution since 1872.


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