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Robert Thomas Middleton

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Robert Thomas Middleton (1842-1911)

1912 Obituary [1]

ROBERT THOMAS MIDDLETON was born at Tynemouth on 14th August 1842.

His apprenticeship was served at the Elswick Engine Works of Sir W. G. Armstrong and Co., Newcastle-on-Tyne, from 1857 to 1862, and he continued to work there as a journeyman until October 1863.

In the following year he was employed at the Wolverton Works of the London and North Western Railway as a mechanic in the erecting shop, and in January 1865 he was engaged as foreman at the Victoria Docks of the London and St. Katherine Dock Co.

This post he held until 1869, when he went to India and entered the service of the Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway as superintendent of bridge work. He continued in this position until his retirement in 1899. During the thirty years he was with the company he carried out the erection of many large structures, including the repair and renewal of girders, which was done without delay to the traffic.

His death took place at Ilford, Essex, on 27th October 1911, at the age of sixty-nine.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1891.

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