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Major Arthur Ffolliott Garrett O.B.E. R.E
Soldier, Engineer & Astronomer.
1857 1940

Major Arthur Ffolliott Garrett O.B.E. R.E. was the youngest son of Mr W. Raymound Garrett of Kilgaran Co Carlow and was born on the 27th April 1875. He was educated at Clifton College and Woolwich whence after being second at his entrance, he past out first of his year gaining the Pollock Medal and obtaining a commission into the Royal Engineers.

For some time he served in India in the Railway Branch of the Public Works Department. Later he became assistant state Engineer of Jeypore State, where he received his first training as an irrigation engineer from the late Col. Sir Swinton Jacob. After further experience on the railway surveys he became State Engineer of Alwar State, and successfully applied his Theory of arched Masonry Dams to the construction of the Agar Dam. It was however by his work connection with the Irrigation branch of the Public Works Department in the Central Provinces that he is specially distinguished himself.

He revolutionised the design of reservoir spill-ways which effected a considerable saving of expense of the Government and followed this up by designing a hydraulic system for irrigation canals which has since been largely adopted on every province throughout India.

On the Outbreak of the War in 1914 he was recalled to Military duties. He was wounded in the Suvla Bay landing at Gallipoli in 1915, and afterwards was sent to India, where he was appointed A.C.R.E. at Karachi.? On the Outbreak of the Afghan was he was appointed C.R.E. of the second Division. Later in the intense heat in the Peshawar, his health broke down and despite a short rest in the hills, he was attacked by Malaria in an acute form, and was order home.

He Died, however in a hospital at Marseilles on 28th March 1920 aged 44.

Major Garrett was greatly interested in astronomy, and restored the old Observatory at Jeypore while stationed there as State Engineer. He also possessed a large reflecting telescope and intended in the days of greater leisure to which he looked forward to devote his time largely to science.

In 1900 he married Ida the daughter of the late Rev. J.F.A. Gawin, who survives him. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society on 13th of Jan 1905.

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