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Peter Henry Scratchley

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Sir Peter Henry Scratchley (1835-1885) R.E., A. Inst. C. E.

1835 Born in Paris, son of James Scratchley and Maria nee Roberts

1854 Commissioned in the Royal Engineers

1854-5 Served in the Crimea in the Royal Engineers

1857 Posted to India

1860 Worked on defences for Melbourne, Australia

1862 Married Laura Brown; they had 2 daughters and a son

1863 Returned to England

1874 Lieut-Colonel P. H. Scratchley RE, was Inspector of Works, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich. He was a member of the sub-committee which conducted trials of a method of inflating a balloon on the battlefield[1]

1877 Promoted to regimental Lieutenant Colonel. In charge of various defensive constructions in Australia.

1878 Associate of the Inst of Civil Engineers

1882 Honorary rank of Major General Scratchley R.E., Assoc. Inst. C.E.,

1882 Resigned from military service but continued his work for the colonial service

1884 Special commissioner for New Guinea

1885 Knighted KCMG

1885 Died at sea; buried on St Kilda.


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Sept. 5, 1874
  • Biography, DNB