Charles Langbridge Morgan (engineer)

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Charles Langbridge Morgan
Born 1 January 1855
Died 9 November 1940
Nationality British
Children Charles Langbridge Morgan
Engineering career
Discipline Civil,
Institutions Institution of Civil Engineers (president)

Sir Charles Langbridge Morgan CBE (1855 – 9 November 1940) was a British civil engineer.[1]

Morgan was born in 1855 in Worcester, England.[2] He married Mary Watkins in Australia to which her parents had emigrated. Their son, also called Charles Langbridge Morgan, was a playwright and novelist.[3]

In 1896, Morgan succeeded Frederick Banister as chief engineer of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway.[4] During the First World War he served in the British Army's Royal Engineers as a Lieutenant-Colonel.[1] Morgan's son also served in the war, as an officer of the Royal Navy.[3] During the war the elder Morgan undertook "special engineering duties" for the War Office in Italy and France.[1] On 6 April 1917 he was appointed Deputy Director of Railways and also served as Commissioner of the Newhaven and Seaford Sea Defences in East Sussex.[1][5] He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1918.[1]

After the war Morgan served as a member of the Disposals Board, a government body formed to dispose of surplus war material, a body he was still a member of (with the rank of colonel) on 29 December 1922 when it was announced that he would receive a knighthood in the New Year Honours.[6] The knighthood was conferred by King George V at Buckingham Palace on 15 February 1923.[7] From November 1923 to November 1924 Morgan served as president of the Institution of Civil Engineers, an organisation he had joined as an associate member on 9 January 1883.[1][8] He was also a member of the Territorial Army Engineer and Railway Staff Corps, an unpaid volunteer unit which provides technical expertise to the British Army. He resigned his commission as lieutenant-colonel in this corps on 18 February 1925; he had permission to retain his rank and to continue to wear the uniform.[9] He died on 9 November 1940.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Institution of Civil Engineers (January 1941), OBITUARY. SIR CHARLES LANGBRIDGE MORGAN, CBE, 1855-1940, retrieved 2008-12-03 
  2. ^ Masterton, Gordon (2005), ICE Presidential Address (PDF), retrieved 2009-01-22 
  3. ^ a b James, Dr Mary Auronwy, MORGAN, CHARLES LANGBRIDGE, retrieved 2008-12-03 
  4. ^ Watson, Garth (1989). The Smeatonians: The Society of Civil Engineers. London: Thomas Telford, Ltd. p. 109. ISBN 0-7277-1526-7. 
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 30022. p. 3603. 17 April 1917. Retrieved 2009-01-22.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 32782. p. 1. 29 December 1922. Retrieved 2009-01-22.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 32813. p. 2640. 10 April 1923. Retrieved 2009-01-22.
  8. ^ Watson 1988, p. 252.
  9. ^ The London Gazette: no. 33021. p. 1170. 17 February 1925. Retrieved 2009-01-22.
  10. ^ The London Gazette: no. 35151. p. 2545. 2 May 1941. Retrieved 2009-01-22.


Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
William Maw
President of the Institution of Civil Engineers
November 1923 – November 1924
Succeeded by
Basil Mott