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Walter Jenkins (1868-1900)

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Walter Jenkins (1868-1900)

1901 Obituary [1]

WALTER JENEINS, born on the 30th June, 1868, received his engineering education at the Royal Indian Engineering College, Coopers Hill, and, after a year's practical training on the Cardiff Waterworks under Mr. J. A. B. Williams, was appointed in 1890 an Assistant Engineer in the Public Works Department of the Government of India.

During the first three years of his service he was engaged in carrying out a water-supply scheme for the townships of Halwani and Katgodam, and a water-supply and sewerage project for Naini Tal, the summer quarters of the Government of the North West Provinces and Oudh.

In 1894 he was transferred to Lucknow, where he undertook the combined duties of District Engineer and Resident Engineer of the Lucknow Waterworks.

From December, 1897, he held charge of Provincial districts until April, 1899, when he came to England on furlough, before the expiration of which he was summoned to return to India for special duty in connection with the famine in the Bombay Presidency.

During the time he was at Lucknow he had gained special experience in the management of famine relief works, and it was no doubt on this account that he was recalled from leave for service in Bombay. Though in by no means good health at the time, he did not hesitate to respond to the call. After re-organizing the works at Surat and putting them on a proper footing, he was sent to superintend the arrangement of extensive relief works in the Godhra district. The strain was, however, too great for him, and on the 15th June, 1900, he succumbed to a virulent attack of malarial fever. Where hard work had to be done Mr. Jenkins never spared himself, and by his unselfish devotion to duty the Government lost the services of a most promising officer.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution on the 5th December, 1899. He was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers and an Associate of Coopers Hill.

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