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Duke of Wellington Commission Documents to Major
  • Duke of Wellington Commission Documents to Major
  • Duke of Wellington Commission Documents to Major
  • Duke of Wellington Commission Documents to Major
  • Duke of Wellington Commission Documents to Major

Duke of Wellington Commission Documents to Major

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£350.00


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A Commission document for George Smith as Major in the Engineer and Railway Volunteer Staff Corps (Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel George Parker Bidder C.E.) issued by Arthur Richard, Duke and Marquess of Wellington and other titles including Lord Lieutenant & Custos Rotulorum of the County of Middlesex.

This is the 1st son of the Arthur Wellington of Waterloo fame, but his signature ‘Wellington’ on the commission is nearly identical to his father’s. The certificate is dated 31st August 1870. Condition is good, with fold marks, but has been stuck on white cardboard to display it.

George Parker Bidder (1806-1878) was an English engineer and calculating prodigy. Born in the town of Moretonhampstead, Devon, England, he displayed a natural skill at calculation from an early age. In childhood, his father, William Bidder, a stonemason, exhibited him as a "calculating boy", first in local fairs up to the age of six, and later around the country. On leaving Edinburgh University in 1824, George into engineering work. In 1834 Robert Stephenson, whose acquaintance he had made in Edinburgh, offered him an appointment on the London & Birmingham Railway, and in the succeeding year or two he began to assist George Stephenson in his parliamentary work, which at that time included schemes for railways between London and Brighton and between Manchester and Rugby via the Potteries. There was indeed no branch of engineering in which he did not take an interest, as was shown by the assiduity with which for half a century he attended the weekly meetings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, of which he was elected president in 1860. He was one of the first to see the potential of the electric telegraph. He was the designer of the Victoria Docks (London), being responsible not only for their construction, but also responsible for utilizing the Essex marshes for dock accommodation on a large scale. His advice was frequently sought by the government on points both of naval and military engineering. His Wikipedia page, although extensive, does not mention his service in the Army.

Size: 35 x 23 cm (13 ¾ x 9 inches)
Weight: 98g

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