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James Walker (1873-1916)

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James Walker (1873-1916)


1917 Obituary [1]

JAMES WALKER was born at Cupar, Fife, on 21st March 1873.

He was educated at Montrose Academy from 1879 to 1889 and studied mechanical and civil engineering for two sessions at Dundee and Glasgow Technical Colleges, gaining several scholarships, including a Whitworth Exhibition in 1895.

His apprenticeship was commenced in 1889 with Messrs. Parker and Sons, Victoria Foundry, Dundee, and a year and a half later he went to Messrs. Gourlay Bros., engineers and shipbuilders, of Dundee.

In December 1896 he joined the staff of Messrs. S. Pearson and Son, as assistant engineer on the Blackwall Tunnel Works, and remained with them on various contracts until 1904, in which year he was engaged by Messrs. J. G. White and Co., London, and was in charge of their tramway contract at Essendon, Melbourne, during 1905-6, and the Bombay Tramways contract in 1907-8.

On the completion of the latter contract, he went to Japan with a party of engineers engaged in investigating a proposed hydro-electric scheme, after which he was chief engineer's assistant in their head office.

In May 1914 he was engaged by Messrs. Lever Bros. as superintendent engineer in connexion with their palm-oil industry, and while on a visit to the Belgian Congo he became ill, and died on arriving at Falmouth, on 2nd December 1916, in his forty-fourth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1909; and was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.


1917 Obituary [2]

JAMES WALKER, born 21st March, 1873, at Coupatr, Fife, died at Falmouth 2nd December, 1916.

After apprenticeship to engineers and shipbuilders in Dundee he studied (1894-6) at University College, Dundee, and the Royal Technical College, Glasgow.

In December, 1896, he joined the staff of Messrs. S. Pearson and Son, and during the next 7 years was employed under them on the Blackwall Tunnel, Surrey Docks, Great Northern and City Railway, etc. In 1904 he became an assistant to Messrs. J. G. White and Co., and was engaged, among other work, on tramway construction in Melbourne and Bombay.

In 1914 he was employed by Messrs. Lever Brothers as superintendent engineer in connection with the palm-oil industry.

He was elected an Associate Member on the 1st December, 1908.


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