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Harry Wreathall

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Harry Wreathall (1866-1894)

1895 Obituary [1]

HARRY WREATHALL, son of Mr. Matthew Wreathall of the Manor House, Greenhill, Harrow, was born on the 30th of March, 1866.

After being educated at a private school at Worthing, he was articled, in April, 1883, to John Wilson, Engineer-in-chief of the Great Eastern Railway, for three years. During that time he was employed on general office work and on the preparation of drawings for new lines.

On the expiration of his pupilage in April, 1886, he was engaged for two years as an assistant engineer on the construction of the Great Eastern Railway Company’s new line from Shenfield to Southend, and on the Bury and Kennett widening.

In January, 1889, Mr. Wreathall obtained an appointment as an assistant engineer on the Argentine North Eastern Railway, and on his arrival in that country was placed in charge of the construction of a section of 120 miles, 88 miles of which were duly opened to the public. He returned from Argentina in January, 1893, and not being in good health determined to rest for a few months.

In April of the following year he was appointed an assistant engineer to the Willesden Local Board, and he held that post at the time of his death, which was caused by an epileptic fit on the 5th of September, 1894.

Mr. Wreathall was elected an Associate Member on the 1st of March, 1892.

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