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Famous Scots - Thomas Guthire Russell Sir

Sir Thomas Guthrie Russell  K.C.S.I. K.C.I.E... B.sC was born on 19th January 1887

Educated at Glasgow Academy, he studied engineering at Glasgow University and took the degree of B.Sc in 1907. For the next three years h served his engineering apprenticeship with Messrs Niven & Haddin, civil engineers,Glasgow, and in 1910 joined the staff of the North British Railway; but his real future lay in India

In1913 he became Assistnt Engineer to the G.I.P.R. in 1919 as Assistant Secretary to the Agent in 1920; as Deputy Agent,1922 and as Controller of stores 1923

in 1925 his services were lent to the Ohdh and Rohilkhand Railway, and from 1925 there followed brief terms first as Officiating Agent , then as Agent

Elected a member of the Engineering Railway Board in 1928, he became Chief Commissioner of Railways,Indian Railways Board in 1929 a position he retained until 1940. from 1930 to 1940 he was a member of the Council of State, and at the outbeak of World War II served for a year as President of War Transport Board

He was Director General of Munitions Production, India from 1940 until 1944 when he became head of the Red Cross Southern Commission in Germany, as Deputy Chief of Disposals Group

In his later years ,until 1960 he was in partnership with Sir Guthrie Russell

Sir Thomas was a member of the Institution of Engineers ( India ) a body of which he later became President ( 1933-1934 )and was a J.P. in India

He received a Knighthood in 1932


Headstone Photograph

Further Information

Title: SIR



Date of Death: 3rd Feb 1963

Age at Death: 76

Cemetery: Lochwinnoch Cemetery

  Linthills Road

Town: Lochwinnoch

Region: Glasgow and Clyde Valley

Country: Scotland


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