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Basil Condon Battye

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Colonel Basil Condon Battye (1882-1932)

1922 Brevet Lieut.-Colonel, D.S.O., Assoc.Inst.C.E., A.M.I.E.E., M.Am.Soc. C.E., Royal Engineers and Punjab P.W.D. (Hydro-Electric Developments), c/o P.W.D. Secretariat, Lahore and Simla, Punjab, India. T. A.: " Hydro, Simla." b. 1882; s. of Major L. R. Battye, 5th Gurkha Rifles (killed in action, 1888); m. Edith Lilian Cole (3 s. and 2 d). Training: R.M.A., Woolwich, 1899-1900; S.M.E., Chatham, 1901-2; Manchester Corporation, 1906; Siemens Brothers, 1907; Sir Alex. Kennedy and Jenkin, 1907. Career: 1903-4—Somaliland: Assistant Field Engineer. 1904-6—Indian Military Works, Garrison Engineer, Ferozepore (Albert Medal, Saving Life on Land: Arsenal Explosion, 1908 ). 1906-8—Deputation to England to specialize in Electro-Mechanical and Power Engineering. 190914—Punjab P.W.D.: Executive Engineer-in-Charge, Design and Construction of "The Simla Hydro Electric and Water Works. Extension Schemes." 1914-19—France: Officer Commanding 21 st Company 3rd Sappers and Miners, Assistant Engineer-inChief, Chief Engineer, G.H.Q. Defences, 1918. 1919—At present Engineer-in-Charge Sutlej River Hydro-Electric Project, Punjab. Chief Works: Simla Hydro-Electric and Water Works Extension Schemes, 1910-14; Forward Transportation System, G.H.Q. Defence Scheme, France, 1917-8. Publications: Paper on " Development of Canal Falls for Artificial Fertilizer Manufacture and the Cost of Hydro-Electric Developments," Punjab P.W.D. Congress, 1914; " The Tactics of Trench Warfare," Pamphlet, 1915. Report to Punjab Govt. on the Sutlej River Hydro-Electric Scheme—estimated to cost 7 millions sterling. Club: Royal Societies. War Services.—Officer Commanding 2 I st Company 3rd Sappers and Miners; wounded April, 1915; General Staff, 1915-7: G.S.O.3, 50th Division; B.M., 47th Division; G.S.O.2, III Corps; Assistant Engineer-in-Chief, 1917-8; Chief Engineer, G.H.Q. Defences, July, 1918; G.S.O.I, 34th Division (General Staff ), 1918, July to end of war; D.S.O., Legion of Honour (Chevalier), Belgian Croix de Guerre, Brevet Major, Brevet Lieut.-Colonel. Mentioned in Dispatches eight times.

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