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W. A. J. O'Meara

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W. A. J. O'Meara (1863- )

1922 Bt.-Lieut.-Col., C.M.G., M.Inst.C.E., M.I.E.E., Royal Engineers, 3, Plowden Buildings, Temple; b. 1863; eldest s. of late A. O'Meara of St. Marks, Simla: m. Annie M., second d. of late Surg.-Col. W. Graves, A.M.S. Ed. Wren and Gurney, Powis Square,W.; Royal Military Academy, Woolwich; School of Military Engineering, Chatham; Staff College, Camberley. Active service in Burma, 1885-6 (employed on reconnaissance duties); reconstruction of Spithead Defences, 1887-9; lent to General Post Office, 1889-94 (employed under late Sir Wm. Preece on construction of first International Telephone Trunk line, London to Paris); Table Bay Defences, 1894-6; on special service and on staff in South Africa (Director of Telegraphs in Kimberley during siege, Chief Intelligence Officer, Bloemfontein, Acting Mayor, Johannesburg, and Government Commissioner, Johannesburg and District), 18991902; Engineer-in-Chief, General Post Office, 190712; Special Engineering Commissioner for Europe, under General Post Office, 1912-3. Now a Barrister-at-Law. Chief Works: Reconstruction Spithead Defences; Table Bay Defences; International Telephone communication between Great Britain and France, Great Britain and Belgium. Publications: "Notes on Reconstruction of Johannesburg Municipality," "Submarine Cables for Long Distance Telephony," "The Functions of the Engineer: his Education and Training," etc. Club: Royal Societies, St. James's Street. War Services.—Third Burmese War, 1885-6 (mentioned in Dispatches); S. Af. War 1899-1901 (three times mentioned in Dispatches); General Staff (Home Defence), 1915-18 (mentioned in "London Gazette").

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