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Thomas Hitchins Smith

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Thomas Hitchins Smith ( -1868)

Died 1868

1871 Obituary [1]

MR. THOMAS HITCHINS SMITH, the eldest son of the Rev, C. A. Smith, vicar of Macclesfield, studied mechanical engineering for two years at the Atlas works in Manchester, and afterwards civil engineering for three years under Mr. Samuel, M. Inst. C.E.

He had charge of the construction of a railway bridge in Scotland before his term with Mr. Samuel had expired, and subsequently, in conjunction with another engineer, was entrusted with the surveys for a railway in Spain, in the neighbourhood of Seville. He was in Spain between two and three years, and, on his return to England, after some months, was appointed an Assistant Engineer on the Great Indian Peninsula railway.

He reached Bombay on Christmas Day, 1867; but he fell a victim to the climate and excessive labour, and died in the May following. However, during this short term of service he won the respect and regard of all with whom he was associated, his fellow-engineers uniting in erecting a monument to his memory, and Mr. Brereton, M. Inst. C.E., his superior officer, bearing the strongest testimony at once to his professional attainments, and the elevation of his character.

He was elected an Associate of the Institution on the 12th of January, 1864.

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