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Hanson Topham (1876-1907)
1908 Obituary 
HANSON TOPHAM met his death as the result of an accident on November 7, 1907.
Mr. Topham was born at Bradford, Yorkshire, on July 25, 1876, and after serving a period of apprenticeship as Engineer he studied for five years at the Central Technical College, South Kensington, under Professor Ayrton and Professor Perry, and was successful in gaining a Whitworth Scholarship.
Later he entered the service of the City Road Works of the Brush and Provincial Electric Lighting Company.
He was then appointed by Messrs. Bramwell & Harris to carry out works at Ilkeston and Bishop Auckland, and subsequently he was in charge of the electrical installations in connection with the boring of the City and South London Company's Tube between Islington and Euston.
At the time of his death he was in the service of the Newcastle-upon-Tyne Electric Supply Company for whom he was supervising some boring operations in connection with the Carville Electric Power Station.
On the night of November 7th an explosion occurred which wrecked the air-lock in which the men were working, killing Mr. Topham instantaneously and causing severe injury to others on the works.
Mr. Topham was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1905.