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William Hardcastle Neilson

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William Hardcastle Neilson (1875-1932)


1932 Obituary [1]

WILLIANI HARDCASTLE NEILSON, O.B.E., was born at Dublin on the 21st February, 1875.

He was educated at Mr. Strangway's School and at Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated in Arts and in Engineering, and was then trained for two years under Mr. T. Scott, the chief agent for a firm of contractors in Dublin.

From 1900 to 1905 he was engaged as an Assistant Engineer under Messrs. Sir John Jackson, Ltd., on the extension works at Keyham Dockyard, and in 1905 he was appointed an Assistant Engineer to the Commissioners for the Port of Calcutta, under Mr. (now Sir) Frederick Palmer, who was then Chief Engineer of that port.

Two years later he was appointed Port Engineer of Chittagong, a position which he held for nine years.

In 1916 he became Chief Engineer to the Karachi Port Trust, and during his tenure of that post he made a personal investigation of the system of grain elevators and storage in the United States and Canada and wrote a report on the possibilities of applying that system to India.

In 1922 he became Chief Engineer of the Port of Bombay, and in the following year he was appointed Chairman of the Port Trust.

He came to England on leave in December, 1931, and, after a brief illness, died in London on the 21st January, 1932.

During the war he was Controller of Munitions in India and a member of the Priority Committee, Indian Munitions Board, Karachi Circle. He commanded the Bombay Battalion of the Indian Auxiliary Force, and was honorary A.D.C. to the Viceroy, Lord Irwin. The O.B.E. was conferred upon him in 1919.

He took an active part in social work as President of the Bombay Young Men's Christian Association, as a trustee of St. Thomas's Cathedral, and in other ways.

He married, in 1903, Ethel Maud, only daughter of the late Mr. Frank Phillips, of Plymouth, who survived him.

Mr. Neilson was elected as an Associate Member on the 4th February, 1902, and transferred to Membership on the 9th December, 1913. From 1928 to 1931 he was a Member of the Council of The Institution, resident in India.


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