Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 148,518 pages of information and 233,949 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.
George Humfress (1854-1904)
1906 Obituary 
GEORGE HUMFRESS, born on the 4th May, 1854, received his professional training at the Thomason Engineering College, Roorkee, and was in due course appointed to the Public Works Department of India.
Early in the following year he was elected as one of the engineers of the Durbhunga Famine Railway, the construction of which was energetically pushed forward as a measure of relief and for use in the fight against the Behar famine of 1874. For his share in this work, Mr. Humfress received special commendation.
Returning to India in 1885, he joined the staff of the North-Western Railway, and held executive charge of 350 miles of open line, including the Lansdowne Bridge at Sukkur, until 1892, when he became personal assistant to Mr. G. H. List, the Chief Engineer.
In 1893, he was transferred to the frontier section of the North- Western system, subsequently acting as Engineer-in-chief of the division. In the discharge of his arduous and exacting duties, Mr. Humfress was exposed in all weathers to the trying climate of Baluchistan and on one occasion, whilst on inspection duty, he met with a severe accident, from the after effects of which, despite the beneficial effect of a voyage to England in 1896, he never completely recovered.
He continued to serve on the North-Western system, rising to the rank of Superintending Engineer first class, and Deputy Chief Engineer of the southern section, until his last illness, which ended in his death on the 28th December, 1904. Mr. Humfress was an energetic and capable officer, and his devotion to duty earned for him on several occasions the thanks of the Government of India.
He was elected a Member of the Institution on the 21st May, 1895.