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Frederick Walford

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Frederick Walford (c1870-1927)

1927 Obituary [1]

FREDERICK WALFORD, O.B.E., devoted the greater part of his life to the technical education of young Indians, holding for many years the headmastership of the Behar School of Engineering.

He was born in London, and after gaining a Whitworth Exhibition studied at the Royal College of Science and gained experience as a draughtsman with Messrs. E. R. and F. Turner of Ipswich.

At the time of his appointment in India in 1900, the Behar School of Engineering was only a branch of the Patua College in the province of Bengal, but was made independent soon afterwards and largely as a result of his own efforts to give his students an efficient training for the subordinate posts in the public works departments, the school was made a college in 1924 with an extensive equipment that included a modern foundry, a smith's shop, carpenters' shops and motor-repairing premises. For several years Mr. Walford also acted as inspector of technical schools for the province.

He became an Associate Member of the Institution in 1901 and a Member in 1912, and his death occurred on 13th December 1927 in his fifty-seventh year.

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