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Charles William Hodson

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Charles William Hodson (1851-1910)

1910 Obituary [1]

CHARLES WILLIAM HODSON, C.S.I., born on the 6th September, 1851, died at Ealing on the 15th February, 1910.

Obtaining his scientific education at Coopers Hill College and his practical training under Messrs. John Aird and Sons, he entered the Public Works Department of India in 1873.

Until 1882, when he was promoted to the rank of Executive Engineer, he was engaged on the Rajputana, Tirhoot and Indus Valley State Railways.

Subsequently he was employed on the Hurnai and Quetta divisions of the Sind-Peshin (State) Railway, as Superintendent of Way and Works on the Frontier section of the North-Western Railway, and as Engineer-in-Chief of the Mushkaf-Bolan Railway.

In 1896 he became Consulting Engineer and Joint Secretary to the Madras Government, and 2 years later he was appointed Director of Railway Construction to the Government of India, retaining this post until his retirement in 1906. He received the Companionship of the Star of India in 1905.

Of outstanding ability and untiring energy, Mr. Hodson was also gifted with the faculty of inspiring all who worked with him with the same devotion to duty which he himself possessed. With a fine presence and a genial kindly manner, he was a favourite with all who came in contact with him officially or otherwise. His all too early death was sincerely regretted by the very many officers of the Indian Public Works Department who had known and worked with him in the great days of Frontier railway construction in India.

Mr. Hodson was elected an Associate Member of The Institution on the 4th February, 1879, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 5th November, 1891. From 1904 to 1906 he served as a representative of India on the Council.

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