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George Lancelot Eyles

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Sir George Lancelot Eyles (1849-1919), K.C.M.G., of the Croft, East Grinstead, and of 12, Dean's-yard, Westminster.

Railway engineer who worked in Ceylon and South Africa and elsewhere.

He was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Engineers Railway Staff Corps.

1902 He was created C.M.G. [1]

1914 He was made K.C.M.G. [2]

1919 Died. Read his obituary in The Engineer 1919/03/21.


1921 Obituary [3]

Sir GEORGE LANCELOT EYLES, K.C.M.G., who was born in 1849, and died in March, 1919, was associated in business for many years with the late Sir Charles Hutton Gregory, K.C.M.G., Past President of The Institution, becoming his partner in 1892.

After the death of Sir Charles Gregory in 1898, he entered into partnership with Mr. F. J. Waring, C.M.G., late Chief Resident Engineer to the Ceylon Government Railways.

The firm had an extensive practice as civil engineers, and acted as consulting engineers to the Crown Agents for the Colonies for the Ceylon Government Railways, Federated Malay States Railways, Trinidad Government Railways and Nyasaland Railways, and other undertakings. Until the creation of the Union of South Africa, Sir George Eyles acted as consulting engineer for the Cape of Good Hope Government Railways.

During the Boer War, Sir George, who was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Engineers Railway Staff Corps, visited South Africa, and was mentioned in Despatches and received the Queen's Medal. His kindly and genial manner endeared him to a large circle of friends, both in his profession and outside it.

He was elected an Associate of The Institution on the 1st December, 1874, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 9th November, 1880.


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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1919/03/21
  2. The Engineer 1919/03/21
  3. 1921 Institution of Civil Engineers: Obituaries