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
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
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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