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Albert Ashley Biggs

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Sir Albert Ashley Biggs (1872-1938)

1938 Obituary [1]

SIR ALBERT ASHLEY BIGGS was born on the 7th December, 1872, and died on the 12th May, 1938.

He received his scientific training at University College, Bristol, while carrying out his pupilage under Messrs. Stothert and Pitt of Bath.

He was appointed Assistant to [Hay Frederick Donaldson|Mr. H. F. Donaldson]], M.Inst.C.E., Chief Engineer, London and India Docks Joint Committee, in 1895, and then Assistant Engineer, Southern Mahratta Railway, India, in 1897. His good work as an engineer led to his being lent to the Government of India as Executive Engineer, Madras Presidency Famine Feeder Lines in 1902, whilst in 1909 the Portuguese Government in India requisitioned his services as Resident Engineer, Marmugao Harbour Extension Works.

In 1915 he was appointed Deputy Chief Engineer, Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway into which the Southern Mahratta Railway had been merged, and soon afterwards Chief Engineer. On more than one occasion while Chief Engineer, he acted as Agent of the Railway, and was confirmed as Agent in 1925. In 1927-28 he was President of the Indian Railway Conference Association. He received his knighthood on retirement in 1928.

He was elected an Associate Member of The Institution in 1900 and was transferred to the Class of Member in 1910. He acted as Member of Council for India from 1924 to 1927.

He married firstly Miss A. Kendall by whom he had one son and one daughter, and secondly Edith Helen, daughter of Mr. J. Pollak of London, who survives him.

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