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Walter Thomas (1853-1896)
1897 Obituary 
WALTER THOMAS, born in 1853, was articled in 1868 to Mr. George Bell, Surveyor, of Rhyl, North Wales. He then became a student at the Hartley Institution, Southampton for, three years. Concurrently with this course he served three years under articles to Mr. James Lemon, then the Southampton Borough Engineer and Surveyor, after which he was engaged as Deputy Engineer to the Corporation of Warrington, under Mr. R. Vawser.
He was then for some months in the office of Messrs. Harrison and Hall at Lancaster.
In 1875 he was with Mr. J. G. Lynde, the City Engineer to the Corporation of Manchester, and four years later was appointed Engineer and Surveyor to the Borough of Dorchester.
In 1888 he obtained the appointment of Engineer and Surveyor to the Corporation of Dover, which he resigned in 1895 to commence private practice at Southampton.
Mr. Thomas was elected an Associate Member on the 5th December, 1876.
His death, which occurred on the 28th November, 1896, was the result of an accident in which he fell while trying to catch a ball thrown by one of his young sons with whom he was playing.