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John Steddy Winbolt

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John Steddy Winbolt (1841-1903)

1903 Obituary [1]

JOHN STEDDY WINBOLT, second son of the Rev. T. H. Winbolt, was born at Hadley on the 8th March, 1841.

He was educated at King’s College, London, and in 1860 entered at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated in 1864, being 36th Wrangler of his year, and proceeded to M.A. in 1867.

After serving articles to Peter Barlow, from 1865 to 1867, he obtained, in 1868, the appointment of Government Surveyor at Malacca, which post he held until 1871, when he entered the service of the Japanese Imperial Railways as Inspecting Engineer.

He remained in Japan until 1873, when he returned to England in bad health.

In 1874 Mr. Winbolt entered the service of the Great Eastern Railway Company, and for the next six years was engaged as an Assistant to Mr. Alfred Langley, who was then Chief Engineer to that line.

In 1881 he was appointed Engineer in charge of the Company’s Western Division, with headquarters at Cambridge, first under Mr. Langley and subsequently under Mr. John Wilson, the present Chief Engineer.

He retained that responsible post until 1895, when, in consequence of failing health, he was obliged to resign.

He died at his residence, 13 Harvey Road, Cambridge, on the 6th January, 1903.

Mr. Winholt was elected an Associate of the Institution on the 4th May, 1869, was subsequently placed among the Associate Members, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 26th April, 1887.

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