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Edward Giles (1842-1878)

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Edward Giles (1842-1878)

1878 Obituary [1]

MR. EDWARD GILES was born on the 26th of February, 1842, and received his early education at the Cowley Grammar School and private schools at Ramsgate and Eastbourne.

At the age of eighteen he was articled to Mr. J. B. Clacy, Asspc. Inst. C.E., county-surveyor of Berkshire, for three years, 1859-62, and at the expiration of his pupilage was employed by Mr. R. Brotherhood, Assoc. Inst. C.E., of Chippenham, at first as a draughtsman and afterwards as an assistant engineer on the Thame and Oxford railway works, finally superintending the erection of the stations.

From October, 1864, to March, 1866, Mr. Giles was engaged on the works of the Royal Sardinian railway for Messrs. Smith, Knight, and Co., the contractors.

In December, 1866, he was appointed a superintending officer of pioneers, to be attached to the Public Works Department of Ceylon, and on his arrival in the Island was placed on the permanent establishment, to which he was attached for about five years, engaged on surveys for new roads, and as superintendent of the Government factory. He left Ceylon on account of ill-health in 1871.

For a short time in 1872-3, Mr. Giles was employed in the office of the Crown Agents for the Colonies in London, as a special assistant to look after the drawings of railways and other works: and in August of the latter year he was appointed assistant engineer on the Trinadad Government railway, for the purpose of superintending the construction of the line from the Port of Spain. He also surveyed an extension to Couva. On completing. the first contract, Mr. Giles came to England on account of impaired health, hoping to return soon to superintend the new extension railway. But the tropical climate of Ceylon and Trinadad had so far undermined his constitution that the change home was of no avail.

He died suddenly on the 25th of March, 1878, aged thirty-six.

He was elected an Associate of the Institution on the 4th of March, 1873.

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