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Henry Thomas Goodenough ( -1903), Electrical Engineer-in-Chief to the Great Western Railway

1903 Obituary [1]

HENRY THOMAS GOODENOUGH, late Electrical Engineer-in-Chief to the Great Western Railway Company, the service of which he entered on the 20th of May, 1863, as a lad clerk at the age of sixteen.

By assiduity and careful attention to his duties he was, in November, 1864, appointed travelling or instructing clerk. On the 14th of February, 1866, he was transferred to the Superintendent's office at Paddington; and on the 11th of August, 1888, when this Company by amalgamations with the South Wales, South Devon, Cornwall, and other smaller lines of railway reached a mileage of 2,600 miles, he was appointed Divisional Electrical Engineer for the northern division of this railway.

On the 1st of August, 1892, on the retirement of Mr. Spagnoletti, he was appointed to succeed him as Chief Electrical Engineer to the Company.

He was not constitutionally a strong man, and he was taken ill in the beginning of April, 1903, and after a short illness he died on the 15th of April, of "general peritonitis," at his residence at Slough. He is very deeply regretted by his family, friends, and colleagues, and by his death the Great Western Railway Company has lost a zealous, conscientious, and anxious officer.

He was elected a Member on the 11th of February, 1886.

1903 Obituary.[2]

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