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Charles James Jenkin

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Captain Charles James Jenkin ( -1928), engineer to Finchley Urban District Council and previously engineer to the North Cornwall Water Board.


1929 Obituary [1]

Capt. CHARLES JAMES.JENKIN devoted his career to the planning and execution of public works. He was trained as a mechanical engineer in Messrs. Tangye's works at Birmingham, and afterwards was articled in a civil engineer's office.

In 1893 he became chief engineering assistant to the Llandudno Urban District Council, in 1896 engineer to Willenhall U.D.C., in 1900 to Walton-on-Thames U.D.C., and in 1903 to Finchley U.D.C. where he was brought into prominence through the septic tanks which he inaugurated at Whetstone.

On the outbreak of war he went to Serbia to fight an epidemic of typhus, and his services were recognized by King Peter of Serbia.

He returned to England in 1915 and joined the Royal Engineers, afterwards serving for four years in France and Salonika.

War service impaired his health and he was unable to resume his work at Finchley, but he commenced private practice at Plymouth and carried out the North Cornwall water scheme which was finished in 1927.

Capt. Jerkin died suddenly on 5th December 1928 whilst engaged on the Salcombe and Kingsbridge water scheme.

He became an Associate Member of the Institution in 1893 and a Member in 1911.



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