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Eric William Baker (1901-1947)

c1920s Signal Engineer of the Assam-Bengal Railway.[1]

1949 Obituary [2]

"ERIC WILLIAM BAKER spent almost the whole of his professional career in India.

He was born in 1901 and received his education (which extended to eight years) at the Regent Street Polytechnic, London, where he obtained the mechanical and electrical engineering diploma. After serving his apprenticeship with Messrs. R. R. Beard, Ltd., scientific instrument makers, London, from 1915 to 1921, he spent two years as a draughtsman at the head office of Messrs. Siemens Brothers and Company, Ltd., Westminster, gaining experience in the design of signalling apparatus and the preparation of estimates.

In 1924 he joined the staff of the Bombay, Baroda, and Central India Railway as an assistant signals engineer and four years later he received the appointment of signals engineer to one of the two companies which combined to form the Bengal and Assam Railway, that involved the entire control of the signal and telegraph department, with responsibility for the design and maintenance of the equipment for 1,400 miles of running track.

In 1942 he was granted a commission and served, with the rank of major, as deputy assistant director of transportation in the Quartermaster-General's branch at headquarters, being subsequently promoted to lieut.-colonel and chairman of the Rationalization Committee (Eastern Group) to standardize engineering stores for the three services.

He rejoined the staff of the Bengal and Assam Railway in 1945 as deputy general manager (telecommunications).

Mr. Baker, whose death occurred in London on 30th October 1947, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1937.

He was also a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers."

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Sources of Information

  1. Hundred Years of the Pakistan Railways by M. B. K. Malik. Published 1962. p101
  2. 1949 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries