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  • ID: I8037
  • Name: Horace BELL
  • Given Name: Horace
  • Surname: BELL
  • Suffix: M.I.C.E.
  • Title: M.I.C.E.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 17 JUN 1839 in St. Pancras,London,England
  • Christening: St Pancras,Old Church,London
  • Death: 10 APR 1903 in 114 Lexham Gardens,London,W.,England
  • Burial: APR 1903 Brompton Cemetery,London
  • Event: In France and at Louth, Lincolnshire. EDUC
  • Note:
    {Probate London 11/6/1903 to Henry Millett, Barrister-at-Law, Effects ?3229.15s.11d; resworn 11/1903 ?3340.5s.4d}

    Educated in France and at Louth, Lincolnshire, he began engineering at fifteen, under Mr. John Wilson, in Westminster, served as apprentice to Messrs D. Cook & Company of Glasgow, ansd spent some time later in the workshops of the Caledonian Railway Company. After employment on the London, Chatham & Dover Railway he entered the Indian Public Works Department as probationary Assistant Engineer on 1 July 1862. At first he was employed on the Grand Trunk Road in the Central Provinces (1862-70). On 1 April 1866 he became an ExecutiveEngineer, and in that capacity, after a few months on the Chenda railway survey, served on the Indore (1870), the Punjab Northern(1874), the Rajpuitana (1875), and Neemuch (1878) state railways. On the opening of the Punjab Northern in 1883 he was mentioned in the list of officers employed, and was congratulated by the Viceroy. Promoted a Superintending Engineer on 1 January 1880 and a Chief Engineer, third class, on 22 October 1890, and first class on 31 January 1892, he was successively (1881-84) Chief Engineer of the Dacca-Mymensingh railway surveys, and (1884-87) Chief Engineer of the Tirhoot state railway, of which for a time he was also manager. He received in 1887 the thanks of the government of India for services in connection with the completion of the Gunduck bridge on that railway. His next employment was as Engineer-in-Chief on the Surveys for the Great Western of India and the Mogal-Serai railways. From 8 August 1892 until his retirement in June 1894 he was consulting engineer to the Government of India for state railways, acting for a short time as Director-General of Railways. He published 'Railway Policy in India' (1894), which dealt with constructional, financial and administrative matters. A Paper by him, 'Recent Railway Policy in India' (1900), was reprinted from the 'Journal' of the Society of Arts. For natives of India he published at Calcutta a 'Primer on the Government of India' (3rd edition, 1893), and 'Laws of Wealth' (1883); both were adopted in government schools. On leaving India he established himself as a consulting engineer in London, and under his guidance were carried out the Southern Punjab Railway (5 feet 6 inches gauge), 1897, and the Nilgiri mountain railway, a rack railway of metre gauge opened in 1899. He was elected an Associate of the Institution of Civil Engineers on 5 March 1867, and a Member on 30 January 1892. In 1897 he was elected to the Council of the I.C.E., on which he served until his death. [For further information see: Minutes of the Proceedings of the I.C.E., cliii. 319; The Times, 11 April 1903; 'History of Services of the Indian Public Works Department'.]See also Who Was Who in British India, by John F. Riddick(1998), page 28.

    Living at Berrylands Road, Bramley, Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey,England at the time of the 1881 Census.
  • Change Date: 24 FEB 2002 at 00:00:00

    Father: George BELL b: 4 FEB 1804
    Mother: Frances (Fanny) DADE

    Marriage 1 Marcia Napier OGILVY b: ABT 1850 in Florence,Italy
    • Married: 24 SEP 1874 in Wandsworth,London
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