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Edward Alfred McCallum

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Edward Alfred McCallum (1874-1919)

1920 Obituary [1]

EDWARD ALFRED MCCALLUM was born in Russia on 16th March 1874.

He was educated at the Royal Grammar School, Lancaster, and at the Owens College, and served his apprenticeship at the works of Messrs. Mather and Platt, Salford.

When the Boer War broke out he volunteered in the Royal Engineers, and served during the War.

He then went to Russia and worked in Baku as an oil engineer, but left owing to the massacres that took place in September 1905.

He next joined the staff of the Russian Westinghouse Electric Co., as superintendent of the electric power installation of the St. Petersburg tramways, and then returned to Baku to take up the position of assistant general manager on the oil-fields.

In 1909 he went to Maikop Oil-Fields to take charge on behalf of Bewick, Moreing and Co., and returned to England two years later to act as London representative for on American Oil- Well Engineering Co.

In 1915 he offered his services to the War Office, and was sent to Russia on a special mission. Owing to the severity of the climate his heart became affected, and he was very ill for several months.

Later he was ordered to Switzerland, but the journey was too trying for his health, and he died in Geneva on 4th February 1919, in his forty-fifth year.

He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1904, and a Member in 1913.

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