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William Arthur Lea

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William Arthur Lea (1864-1903)



1903 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM ARTHUR LEA was born at Templemore, Ireland, on 22nd August 1864, being the eldest son of the late Major W. H. Welch Lea, of the Bedfordshire Regiment.

He was educated at Blundell's School, Tiverton, which he left in 1882 to serve a pupilage of three years under Mr. William Dean at the Great Western Railway Works at Swindon.

In 1886 he was employed for three years in the locomotive department of the Canadian Pacific Railway at Winnipeg, and in 1890 he underwent a course of training in the University of Toronto, where he took his degree in 1893.

Having been employed for nearly two years as an electrician on the City and Suburban Electric Railway of Toronto, he was appointed in 1894 superintendent of the Galt and Preston Street Railway, a small line connecting with the Canadian Pacific Railway.

In 1896 he accepted the position of civil engineer in the construction department of the Mexican District Railway Co., in the City of Mexico, and on the construction company being dissolved he was transferred to the operating department.

His death took place from typhoid fever in Mexico City on 3rd June 1903, in his thirty-ninth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1895.


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