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Daniel Gallagher Grose

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Daniel Gallagher Grose (1828-1868)

1870 Obituary [1]

MR. DANIEL GALLAGHER GROSE was the only son of the late Arthur Grose, Commander RN., and was born in November, 1828.

He was intended for the Royal Engineers, but delicate health retarded his studies until he was past the age for admission to the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich.

After serving a regular period of pupilage at Plymouth, under the late Mr. A. H. Bampton, M. Inst. C.E., he was engaged for three years upon the South Devon and Tavistock railway, as Resident Engineer, then for three years on the South Devon railway, having charge of the works for doubling a portion of the line; and afterwards, for two and a half years, on the Launceston and South Devon railway, as Resident Engineer, having entire charge of the works during their construction.

On these recommendations he was elected a Member of the Institution on the 5th of February, 1867.

In May, 1866, he went to Sulina for a few months to assist Sir Charles A. Hartley, M. Inst. C.E., in preparing the project for the improvement of the port of Odessa, which carried away the first prize ; and he re-engaged himself to him in the spring of 1568, to aid in getting up detailed plans for the formation of a Roumanian seaport, connected with the Danube by means of a ship canal.

He began work on the 6th of July, and was occupied until the 14th of August in surveying a marshy district to the north of the Sulina mouth, where it is proposed to cut a canal of communication between the Danube and the sea.

On the 15th he came to Sulina suffering slightly from diarrhoea. On the following day dysentery set in, and carried him off on the 24th, notwithstanding the assiduous care of nurses, and the best medical aid the locality could afford.

Mr. Grose married, in 1859, Charlotte, widow of the late S. H. Cornish, Esq., whom he survived. He left two children to mourn his loss.

Sir Charles Hartley, in writing to the Secretary, says, "I feel his sudden death keenly ; for not only did he possess all the qualities one could desire in a confidential assistant, but what is rarer still, he had the ring of true metal about him, which made every one who saw much of him reckon upon and love him as a friend."

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