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John Charles Dwaffyd Jones

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John Charles Dwaffyd Jones (c1853-1929)

1929 Obituary [1]

JOHN C. D. JONES, one of the earliest members of the Institution, having been elected an Associate in 1873 and a Member in 1876, died on the 25th August, 1929, at the age of 76.

He went out to the East about 1874 to join the service of the Eastern Extension Telegraph Co. and in a few years rose to be their chief electrician. Under his incentive the company opened up works at Keppel Harbour, Singapore, where extensive repairs were effected to cables that had become faulty, and also many miles of cable were manufactured to replace those sections that required relaying. Under his supervision this department became of great importance, as it enabled work to be carried out that had formerly to be done in England.

Amongst the cables laid was one to the Philippines, then a Spanish colony, and another to the French possessions through Cape St. James, on which occasion he was presented by the French Government with a Cambodian order in recognition of his services.

In his private life he was an earnest follower of sport in most forms and also took a great interest in private theatricals.

He was a man of high principle and strong personality and would have made his way in most paths of life.

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