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Ernest Edwin Soden (c1874-1942)
1943 Obituary 
ERNEST EDWARD SODEN was born at Edgbaston and educated at King Edward VI School, Birmingham, and at Birmingham. School of Art. In 1892 he began to serve a five years' apprenticeship in the Crewe works of the London and North Western Railway and afterwards entered the drawing office, where he remained until 1900. During the next ten years he successively filled the positions of engineer, engaged on colliery installations, to the Callendar Cable Company; mains superintendent for the South Wales Power Company and assistant manager of the Cleveland and Durham County Electric Power Company.
In 1910 he went to India to take up an appointment as superintendent of the Madras Electric Supply Corporation's power station. On relinquishing this position in 1913 he was for a brief period re-employed by the Callendar Cable Company as engineer on their staff in India. An engagement as assistant Master of the Mint in the service of the Hyderabad State Government followed in 1914, a position which he held for a period of four years, after which he became agent and engineer in India for the Wardle Engineering Company Ltd. From 1921 to 1929 he was technical representative in India and the Malay States on behalf of the Stanton Ironworks Company.
In the latter year he returned to England and went into business on his own account. Mr. Soden's final appointment was in the capacity of draughtsman to the Stanton Ironworks Company with whom he resumed his association in 1936.
He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1914 and was transferred to Membership in 1936. His death occurred on 1st September 1942 in his sixty-eighth year.