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William Coulthurst Gibbons

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William Coulthurst Gibbons (1852-1881)

1881 Obituary [1]

. . . 1871. In the following August he entered on a course of practical instruction in the works of G. Fletcher and Co, of Derby, and leaving them in September 1872, he became a pupil of the late William Martley, M. Inst. C.E., the locomotive superintendent of the London, Chatham and Dover Railway, and there went through the various departments at that company’s works at Battersea. At the expiration of his pupilage he was employed as an assistant draughtsman by William Kirtley, who had in the meanwhile succeeded Mr. Martley.

In April 1876 Mr. Gibbons was made an inspector in the running department, and was engaged in various experiments on the line. In January 1877 he received further advancement, being promoted District Locomotive Superintendent, residing at Chatham, and having supervision over the Sheerness, Faversham, and Margate locomotive stations.

After holding this post for three years, and while still in the company’s employment, he became a candidate for the appointment of Assistant Locomotive Superintendent in the Public Works department of India. That he was thought well fitted for the post he sought by his employers, is clearly proved from the high testimonials in his favour forwarded to the India Office, and he was selected for the appointment out of four hundred competitors. He left England in the spring of 1880, and was first stationed at Khandwa . . .

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