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Major-General Henry Spencer Palmer (1838-1893)
1893 Obituary 
MAJOR-GENERAL HENRY SPENCER PALMER, late R.E., was born at Bangalore, East Indies, on the 30th of April, 1838.
He was the son of the late Colonel John Freke Palmer, his mother being a daughter of the late Mr. John James of Truro, Cornwall, and sister of the late Lieut.-General Sir Henry James, R.E.
In January, 1856, he was admitted into the practical class of the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, where at the end of the same year he took the second place amongst those who after examination obtained commissions in the Royal Artillery or the Royal Engineers.
In 1858 he was appointed to a detachment of Royal Engineers proceeding to British Columbia for the purpose of acting as a military force and of carrying out engineering works and surveys for the improvement and development of that colony. He was actively engaged for five years in the various duties of this appointment and accomplished under...[more]