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Edward Henry Thorman

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Edward Henry Thorman (1816-1891)

1892 Obituary [1]

EDWARD HENRY THORMAN was born at Greenwich on the 28th of February, 1816 After being educated at a boarding school at Billericay in Essex, he joined his father in business, and at the age of four-and-twenty commenced to practise on his own account as a gas engineer at Stratford.

In 1846 Mr. Thorman was appointed Engineer and Manager to the West Ham Gas Co, of which he was one of the originators. This post he held until his death. Under his care the Company became a large and prosperous undertaking, and there is no doubt that its sucess was in a great measure due to his energy and skill in carrying out the works necessary to meet the public demand for gas illumination, and in extending them from time to time with the increase of that demand.

Mr. Thorman also held for twenty-three years the appointment of Consulting Engineer to the Lea Bridge Gas Co, and for a short time acted in a similar capacity for the Uxbridge Gas Co.

His last illness was a short one. Although his health had been failing for some time, he attended a board meeting of the West Ham Gas Company on the 19th of October, 1891. Two days after, he was confined to his room, and on the 25th of November following, he died from failure of the heart’s action.

Mr. Thorman was elected an Associate Member of the Institution on the 5th of February, 1861.

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