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Francis Blennerhasset Walker

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Francis Blennerhasset Walker (1838-1904)

1905 Obituary [1]

FRANCIS BLENNERHASSETT WALKER, of Castlemaine, County Kerry, late Consulting Engineer to the Government of Madras, died at Cheltenham on the 14th September, 1904, in his sixty-seventh year.

Born on the 31st January, 1838, he studied at Queen’s College, Cork, and after serving a pupilage to Mr. William Barrington, entered the Bombay Public Works Department as an Assistant Engineer in September, 1863.

Subsequently he served in the Punjab, Bengal, and with the Government of India, being promoted through all grades to be Chief Engineer of the second class, with which rank he retired in January, 1893, after 30 years’ service. His experience was chiefly gained in the railway service, and among the lines on which he was engaged may be mentioned the Punjab Northern, Neemuch, and Western Rajputana State railways. He also acted as Engineer-in-Chief on the Northern Bengal and Tirhoot extensions, the Assam-Behar State Railway, and the East Coast Railway survey.

He married in 1869 Kate, daughter of Mr. Edward Spring, of Ardrath. After his retirement he served as a magistrate for the county of Kerry.

Mr. Walker was elected a Member of the Institution on the 7th December, 1886.

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