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Edwin James Dunstan

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(L-R) Edwin Dunstan; Annie Roth d. 1942, Shanghai; her daughter Daisy Roth [stayed and taught in Shanghai until 1953 when she had to escape to US through Hong Kong]; Bernhard Rothholz, of Posen Prussia, d. 1926 Shanghai. Image kindly sent in by Louis T. Roth.

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Edwin James Dunstan (1863-1915)


1915 Obituary [1]

EDWIN JAMES DUNSTAN was born at North Tawton, Exeter, on 20th September 1863.

He was educated at the North Tawton Grammar School, Devonshire, and later at the South Western Institute and Polytechnic, Exeter.

In 1881 he began a six-years' apprenticeship in the Locomotive, Erecting and Fitting Shops of the London and South-Western Railway at Exeter, and on its completion in 1887 he remained with the company to gain further practical knowledge, being employed as express engine driver and also instructor to the drivers' and foremen's improvement class.

In 1897 he was appointed driving inspector to the Northern Railways of China, and superintended the erection of the first four express engines of a modern design for the Peking and Tientsin Line.

Two years later he became Locomotive Superintendent and Traffic Manager of the Shanghai—Woosung Line. In November 1905 he was appointed Locomotive Superintendent of the Shanghai—Nanking Railway, and in June of the following year he became their Chief Locomotive, Carriage and Wagon Superintendent.

In October 1914 he was appointed Locomotive Superintendent of the Shanghai-Hangchow-Ningpo Railway in addition to his other duties.

He was one of the original members of the Engineering Society of China, of which lie became President in 1912. He received the Chinese Government decoration of the Sixth Class of the Order of the "Chiaho" for services rendered during the recent Revolution in China.

His death took place in Shanghai on 25th February 1915, in his fifty-second year.

He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1907.



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