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George James Hervey Glinn

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George James Hervey Glinn (1829-1875)

1875 Obituary [1]

MR. GEORGE JAMES HERVEY GLINN, the youngest son of Mr. P. Glinn, was born on the 11th of June, 1829, at Keyham near Plymouth, where his father was ordnance storekeeper.

He served a regular pupilage, from 1846 to 1849, under Mr. R. Townshend, M. Inst. C.E., the Resident Engineer superintending the construction of the Keyham docks, factory, &C., and with whom he remained until 1854.

At the latter date he was appointed by Mr. J. M. Rendel, Past-President Inst. C.E., an Assistant Engineer on the East Indian railway, and proceeded to Calcutta to join the staff of Mr. G. Turnbull, M. Inst. C.E., Chief Engineer of that line.

After four years’ service as an Assistant Engineer, he was promoted to the grade of Resident Engineer, and in that capacity had charge of works until 1863.

He then joined the Indian Branch Railway Company, and superintended the construction of 30 miles of railway from Nulhatee to Azimgunge.

He was then transferred to the Oude and Rohilcund line, and employed in making preliminary surveys for that line until 1864, when he was compelled by ill-health to return to England.

In 1868, upon the recommendation of Mr. Lee Smith, M. Inst. C.E., Chief Engineer of the first Indian “State” railway, Mr. Glinn was appointed a first-class Executive Engineer to the railway then being commenced between Lahore and Peshawur.

Upon this line during the last four years of his service in India he had charge of a district of 70 miles in length, and also of a division of 50 miles in length, both under construction, until, in the end of 1874, he was again compelled to take furlough on medical certificate. This relaxation unfortunately came too late. He never regained his health, and died at Plymouth, of liver complaint, on the 8th of April, 1875, shortly after his arrival at home. Mr. Glinn was greatly liked by all classes, whether superiors, equals, or subordinates; and his loss will be much felt by all who knew him in India, where he devoted the best years of his life to the interests of those by whom he was employed.

Mr. Glinn was elected a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers oh the 4th of March, 1873.

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