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Edward Turner Smith

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Edward Turner Smith (1872-1945)

1922 M.I.Mech.E., Locomotive Branch of Engineering, Nigerian Railway, Ebute Metta, Lagos, West Africa; b. 1872; s. of Edward Turner-Smith, stock and sharebroker, Glasgow. Ed. Glasgow Academy, Grammar schools and West of Scotland Technical College, Glasgow. Served apprenticeship with Dubs and Co., Ltd., Queen's Park Locomotive Works, then in the Caledonian Running Shed at Polmadie, and for a short time in Thompson's at Clydebank. In the service of the Uganda Railway, 1898-1901. Temporary Inspector with George Cawley for Japanese Government. Appointed Assistant Locomotive Superintendent, Lagos Government Railway, 1903; promoted to District Locomotive Superintendent and Assistant Chief Mechanical Engineer, Nigerian Railway. During the Locomotive Superintendent and Chief Mechanical Engineer's absence from the Colony on leave, etc., acted as Locomotive Superintendent and Chief Mechanical Engineer.


1946 Obituary [1]

"EDWARD TURNER SMITH was connected with the Nigerian Railways during almost the whole of his professional career. After serving his apprenticeship with Messrs. Dubs and Company, Ltd., Glasgow, and also in the locomotive works of the Caledonian Railway, he joined the Uganda Railway in 1898 and was made locomotive foreman, a position he retained for three years.

In 1903 he was appointed assistant locomotive superintendent on the Nigerian Railways and ten years later was promoted to be district superintendent.

His final appointment, which dated from 1917, was that of assistant chief mechanical engineer, but in 1921 he was obliged to retire on account of ill-health. Mr. Smith, whose death occurred in his seventy-third year on 11th November 1945, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1902 and was transferred to Membership in 1912."


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