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John Percy Stuart

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John Percy Stuart (1861-1895)

1895 Obituary [1]

JOHN PERCY STUART, second son of Mr. John Edward Stuart, of Fairview, Hampstead, was born on the 1st of July, 1861.

After being educated at Christ’s College, Finchley, he was articled in 1879 to the late W. F. Ashdown, of Great George Street, under whom he was engaged in surveying and preparing plans for a proposed railway between Uxbridge and Rickmansworth and for the Brentford, Isleworth and Twickenham tramways.

In 1881 he was again articled, this time to William Dennis, of Westminster, for whom he had charge of the widening of the bridge connecting Devonport and Stonehouse, and of Marazion sewerage works. He was also engaged on surveying and in preparing working drawings for the Staines and West Drayton Railway, which he assisted in setting out.

In 1884, soon after the completion of his articles, Mr. Stuart proceeded to the Straits Settlements on the staff of Messrs. Hill and Rathborne, contractors, of Bwala Lumpor, Selangore. For that firm, with which he was associated for some years, he was engaged on the construction of roads, bridges and public buildings in the Straits. He was then employed on the Perak State Railway and was subsequently occupied on the Government surveys in Perak.

Mr. Stuart’s death was due to influenza following dysentery, from which he had suffered for several months. In spite of repeated attacks he remained at work in the jungle until within three weeks of the end, when he was carried to the hospital at Taiping, where he died on the 23rd of May, 1885.

He was elected an Associate Member on the 7th of December, 1886.

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