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Erasmus Darwin (1880-1915)

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Erasmus Darwin (1880-1915)

1915 Obituary [1]

Second-Lieutenant ERASMUS DARWIN, of the 4th Battalion Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment, was killed in action near Ypres on April 23, 1915. He was the only son of Horace Darwin, M.A., F.R.S., of The Orchard, Cambridge, who himself was a younger son of Charles Darwin.

Erasmus Darwin was born on December 7, 1880, and was educated at Marlborough, where he gained an exhibition for mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge. When at Cambridge, to which he subsequently proceeded, he graduated in the Engineering Tripos in 1905, after which he worked for some time with Messrs. Mather and Platt, Manchester.

When the war broke out he occupied an important position with Messrs. Bolckow, Vaughan & Co., Middlesbrough. He was also a director of the Scientific Instrument Company at Cambridge, of which his father was chairman. During his brief career he evinced great administrative ability and judgment, and earned the esteem and affection of those with whom he came in contact. He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1908.

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