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Hugh McPherson Mitchell

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Hugh McPherson Mitchell (1863-1901), Resident engineer on the Great Indian Peninsula Railway.

1901 Died of pneumonia in Lanouli, Bombay, aged 37. [1]

1901 Obituary [2]

HUGH McPHERSON MITCHELL, only son of the late Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Charles Mitchell, G.C.M.G., was born on the 24th May, 1863.

After serving a pupilage to Mr. M. W. Carr, then Chief Resident Engineer of the Natal Government Railways, he acted, for one year, as an Assistant to Mr. A. H. Birkinshaw on the surveys of the Orange Free State Branch Railway, and, from 1883 to 1886, as an Assistant to Mr. W. H. Cobley, District Engineer, on the construction of the Ladysmith Extension of the Natal Government Railways.

On the completion of that line he returned to England and for six months attended engineering lectures at University College, London.

He was then employed by the late Sir George Berkley, Past-President, partly on the inspection of bridge-superstructure and other railway materials for India and Natal, and partly on the supervision of the London and Southwark Subway Company's works at London Bridge.

Early in 1888 Mr. Mitchell was appointed an Assistant Engineer in the service of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway, with which company he remained until his death.

In 1898 he was promoted to be Resident Engineer, and he was regarded as a most efficient officer of the Company, able, energetic, and full of interest in his work.

He died of pneumonia at Lanouli, Bombay, on the 18th March, 1901.

Mr. Mitchell was elected an Associate Member of the Institution on the 8th January, 1889.

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