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Henry Williams Kernick

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Henry Williams Kernick (1887-1926)

1926 Obituary [1]

Captain HENRY WILLIAMS KERNICK, R.E., was born at Bodmin, Cornwall, on 20th October 1887, and received his education at the Plymouth College and at the College, Dunheved, this early training being followed by technical studies at the Doncaster Technical School.

He served his apprenticeship in the Electric Light and Power Station, Doncaster, and soon after the completion of his term he took up an appointment with the Cardiff Corporation. He then spent some years in the United States as assistant engineer to a firm of consulting engineers in Boston who were engaged in the designing and erection of hydro-electric installations, and this led to a position with the General Electric Co. in the same city, which involved the superintendence of important construction work in connexion with the Ontario power scheme at Niagara and Toronto.

Later on, he went to Vancouver as chief engineer to the Machinery Installation and Contract Company, and during the years 1913 to 1916 he was with the Borneo Co. superintending the erection and equipment of a power station on their mining properties.

In 1916, he received a commission as Captain in the Royal Engineers, his war services relating particularly to the transport, launching, and erection of heavy bridge material.

Captain Kernick won the M.C. and bar, and was twice mentioned in Dispatches. After the war he joined the Singapore Lighting and Tramway Co., and had been for some years superintendent engineer of that Company.

His death was due to a motor-car accident in which both he and his friend, Mr. P. N. Lowndes, Associate Member, lost their lives on 24th May 1926.

Captain Kernick became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1919.

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