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Louis Martineau

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Louis Martineau (1855-1895)

1895 Obituary [1]

LOUIS MARTINEAU, son of Mr. David Martineau, of South Road, Clapham Park, was born on the 2nd of March, 1866.

He was educated at Marlborough College and at University College, London, where he greatly distinguished himself, obtaining several prizes and a Gilchrist Engineering Scholarship.

From January, 1888, to December, 1890, he was a pupil in the works of Maudslay, Sons and Field, in whose drawing office he subsequently remained until October, 1891. During that period his spare time was devoted to study, with so good a result that in 1891 he obtained a Whitworth Exhibition, being placed second on the list of that year.

He then entered the works of Laird Brothers, at Birkenhead, where he was engaged for about sixteen months on drawings for the machinery of HMS Royal Oak and of other vessels.

In March, 1893, Mr. Martineau proceeded to Victoria, British Columbia, to take up the appointment of Manager of the Albion Ironworks in that city. In the following autumn, however, he resigned that post and entered the Dockyard and Shipbuilding Works at Newport News in Virginia. While there he received an invitation to join the staff of the contractor for the Bangkok and Korat Railway. He returned home at once, and, after spending a few weeks in England, proceeded to Siam early in October, 1894, from which time he was actively employed in bridge construction and on other works.

Mr. Martineau died in Siam on the 5th of August, 1895, from inflammation of the bowels. Hard-working and full of energy, and of a kindly and sympathetic disposition, he gave promise of a successful career, which was thus prematurely cut short.

He was elected an Associate Member on the 2nd of February, 1892.

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