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J. O. Plunkett

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J. O. Plunkett (1888- )

1922 Assoc.M.Inst.C.E., Civil Engineer, Public Works Dept. Federated Malay States. b. 1888; s. of the late J. M. Plunkett, Ballybrophy, Queen's Co. Ed. Oundle School and Armstrong College, Newcastle-on-Tyne. Served as pupil and assistant of J. Mitchell Moncrieff, M.Inst.C.E., from 1907-12. Engaged (under Mr. Moncrieff) on the design and construction of a variety of civil engineering works, including graving docks on the Rivers Tyne and Tees, bridgework, factory buildings, etc. Joined the Leopoldina Railway Co. in 1912 and went to Brazil as an assistant Resident Engineer on the construction of a new port and harbour at Victoria. Was ultimately in charge of the exploration surveys for an extension of the Leopoldina Railway in the interior. Returned to England and joined H.M. Forces in 1914; engaged on the staff of Sir Robert MacAlpine and Sons in 1919 on the construction of factories, etc., at Stornoway, N.B. "" Member of South American Comrades Club, z6, Warwick Square, S.W. War Services.— Joined the Royal Garrison Artillery in 1914; attained rank of Captain; demobilized in 1919. Served three years in France and Belgium, being present at the battles of Beaumont Hamel, Arras, Messines, Passchendaele, the Lys, the capture of Lille, and the final advances in Belgium. Attached to the Royal Engineers after the Armistice, on reconstruction.

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