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Christopher Edward Spurgeon

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Christopher Edward Spurgeon (1879-1951)

1953 Obituary [1]

CHRISTOPHER EDWARD SPURGEON, C.B.E., spent thirty years of his professional career in India, where he eventually rose to be chief mechanical engineer of the North Western Railway.

He was born in 1879 and received his education at Aldenham School and University College, London. After serving an apprenticeship at the Swindon works of the Great Western Railway, from 1895 to 1902, his services were retained in the drawing office.

He went to India in 1904 and began his long connexion with the North Western Railway with the post of assistant locomotive superintendent. He was appointed district locomotive superintendent in 1909 and subsequently acted as workshop superintendent. After holding the appointment of chief mechanical engineer for eight years he relinquished this position in 1934 and went to Egypt to take up a similar appointment with the State Railways.

In 1937 he became deputy general manager, and retired from the service ten years later.

On returning to England he became consulting engineer to the Egyptian State Railways.

Mr. Spurgeon, who was appointed C.B.E. for his services to the British Forces during the 1939-45 war, was elected a Member of the Institution in 1920.

His death occurred on 5th October 1951.

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