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Henry Merson Davies

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Henry Merson Davies (c1884-1944)

1946 Obituary [1]

Lt-Colonel HENRY MERSON DAVIES, V.D., A.F.I., spent practically the whole of his professional career in India in the Service of the Indian State Railways. He served a four years' apprenticeship, beginning in 1901, with Messrs. Dubs and Company (now the North British Locomotive Company), at Glasgow, and received his technical education at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College.

After filling the post of assistant inspector for Messrs. Rendel and Robertson, consulting civil engineers, Westminster, for two years, he was appointed to the East Indian Railway in 1907 as assistant locomotive superintendent and promoted to district locomotive superintendent, at Jamalpur in 1920. On the completion of a three years' appointment as running superintendent in the Patna district of the Bengal and Orissa Railway he was transferred to the North Western Railway.

In 1926 he became Deputy Chief Mechanical Engineer to the North Western Railway (India) and from 1934 occupied the same position with the East Indian Railway until his retirement in 1939. Colonel Davies had a long connection with the Indian Volunteer and Defence Forces, serving for thirty years and receiving the award of the Volunteer Decoration.

He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1922. His death occurred in his sixtieth year on 26th April 1944.

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