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'''1887 Obituary <ref> [[1887 Institution of Civil Engineers: Obituaries]] </ref>
 
'''1887 Obituary <ref> [[1887 Institution of Civil Engineers: Obituaries]] </ref>
  
WILLIAM JACOMB, the younger son of a good family in easy
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WILLIAM JACOMB, the younger son of a good family in easy circumstances, was born in York Street, Portman Square, in 1832.
circumstances, was born in York Street, Portman Square, in 1832.
 
  
His education, begun at private schools, was completed at the
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His education, begun at private schools, was completed at the London University. After spending some time in the workshops, and attending the Science Classes at King’s College, he entered the office of his cousin, [[John Wykeham Jacomb-Hood|Mr. Jacomb-Hood]], M. Inst. C.E., at that time the Chief Engineer of the Brighton Railway Company, as a pupil, and remained there until 1851, when he became an articled pupil of the late Mr. I. K. Brunel, V.P. Inst. C.E.  
London University. After spending some time in the workshops,
 
and attending the Science Classes at King’s College, he entered the
 
office of his cousin, [[John Wykeham Jacomb-Hood|Mr. Jacomb-Hood]], M. Inst. C.E., at that time
 
the Chief Engineer of the Brighton Railway Company, as a pupil,
 
and remained there until 1851, when he became an articled pupil
 
of the late Mr. I. K. Brunel, V.P. Inst. C.E.  
 
  
On the expiration of
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On the expiration of his articles he was employed as an assistant to Mr. Gainsford in the construction of the Paddington Terminus, and subsequently was entrusted with the entire supervision of the building of the [[SS Great Eastern|'Great Eastern']] steamship at Millwall.  
his articles he was employed as an assistant to Mr. Gainsford in the
 
construction of the Paddington Terminus, and subsequently was entrusted with the entire supervision of the building of the [[SS Great Eastern|'Great Eastern']] steamship at Millwall.  
 
  
After Mr. Brunel’s death in 1859,
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After Mr. Brunel’s death in 1859, Mr. Jacomb began business on his own account in Westminster, and was largely employed in Parliamentary and other work, taking an active part, at the same time, in the constructive details of the [[Metropolitan Railway]] under [[John Fowler|Sir John Fowler]], Past President Inst. C.E., and assisting Mr. Jacomb-Hood in the design and superintendence of the heavy works on the South London and Suburban Lines then in progress for the Brighton and other railway companies.  
Mr. Jacomb began business on his own account in Westminster, and
 
was largely employed in Parliamentary and other work, taking
 
an active part, at the same time, in the constructive details of the
 
[[Metropolitan Railway]] under [[John Fowler|Sir John Fowler]], Past President
 
Inst. C.E., and assisting Mr. Jacomb-Hood in the design and
 
superintendence of the heavy works on the South London and
 
Suburban Lines then in progress for the Brighton and other
 
railway companies.  
 
  
In 1865 he was invited to join his cousin
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In 1865 he was invited to join his cousin as a junior partner, and remained in that position, to the satisfaction and advantage of both parties, till the autumn of 1870, when, on a vacancy occurring at the [[London and South Western Railway|South Western Railway]] by the resignation of [[John Strapp|Mr. Strapp]], M.Inst.C.E., Mr. Jacomb was appointed the Chief Resident Engineer to that Company, and the partnership was dissolved.  
as a junior partner, and remained in that position, to the satisfaction
 
and advantage of both parties, till the autumn of 1870, when,
 
on a vacancy occurring at the [[London and South Western Railway|South Western Railway]] by the
 
resignation of Mr. Strapp, M. Inst. C.E., Mr. Jacomb was appointed
 
the Chief Resident Engineer to that Company, and the partnership
 
was dissolved.  
 
  
From that time till his sudden death, from
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From that time till his sudden death, from apoplexy, in his office at the Waterloo Terminus on the 26th of May, 1887, Mr. Jacomb devoted the whole of his untiring energy and great professional and commercial ability to the interests of his employers, and earned the well-deserved respect and sincere esteem, not only of the Board and his brother officers, but also of the entire Staff in every department. His genial and engaging manners made him a universal favourite with all whom he met, either in business or in society, and materially aided in smoothing away difficulties which invariably arise in dealing officially with public bodies and private interests on behalf of a large and powerful corporation.
apoplexy, in his office at the Waterloo Terminus on the 26th of
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May, 1887, Mr. Jacomb devoted the whole of his untiring energy
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Mr. Jacomb's intimate acquaintance with professional details, his organizing power, his ability in combining constructive perfection with true economy, and his rigid integrity and determination to protect the interests of his employers, secured a standing in the profession which few men have attained in so short a time. His early and sudden death literally 'in harness' - was a severe blow to the Directors and officers of the Company, by whom he was valued, not only as a capable adviser and coadjutor in all departments of railway administration, but as a personal friend who could ill be spared and with difficulty replaced.  
and great professional and commercial ability to the interests
 
of his employers, and earned the well-deserved respect and sincere
 
esteem, not only of the Board and his brother officers, but also
 
of the entire Staff in every department. His genial and engaging
 
manners made him a universal favourite with all whom
 
he met, either in business or in society, and materially aided in
 
smoothing away difficulties which invariably arise in dealing
 
officially with public bodies and private interests on behalf of
 
a large and powerful corporation.  
 
  
Mr. Jacomb's intimate acquaintance
 
with professional details, his organizing power, his ability
 
in combining constructive perfection with true economy, and his
 
rigid integrity and determination to protect the interests of his
 
employers, secured a standing in the profession which few men
 
have attained in so short a time. His early and sudden death literally
 
'in harness' - was a severe blow to the Directors and
 
officers of the Company, by whom he was valued, not only as
 
a capable adviser and coadjutor in all departments of railway
 
administration, but as a personal friend who could ill be spared
 
and with difficulty replaced.
 
 
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[[Category: Biography - Railways]]
 
[[Category: Births 1830-1839]]
 
[[Category: Births 1830-1839]]
 
[[Category: Deaths 1880-1889]]
 
[[Category: Deaths 1880-1889]]
 
[[Category: Institution of Civil Engineers]]
 
[[Category: Institution of Civil Engineers]]

Latest revision as of 07:17, 3 June 2017

William Jacomb (1831-1887)

1876 Engineer of the South Western Railways[1]


1887 Obituary [2]

WILLIAM JACOMB, the younger son of a good family in easy circumstances, was born in York Street, Portman Square, in 1832.

His education, begun at private schools, was completed at the London University. After spending some time in the workshops, and attending the Science Classes at King’s College, he entered the office of his cousin, Mr. Jacomb-Hood, M. Inst. C.E., at that time the Chief Engineer of the Brighton Railway Company, as a pupil, and remained there until 1851, when he became an articled pupil of the late Mr. I. K. Brunel, V.P. Inst. C.E.

On the expiration of his articles he was employed as an assistant to Mr. Gainsford in the construction of the Paddington Terminus, and subsequently was entrusted with the entire supervision of the building of the 'Great Eastern' steamship at Millwall.

After Mr. Brunel’s death in 1859, Mr. Jacomb began business on his own account in Westminster, and was largely employed in Parliamentary and other work, taking an active part, at the same time, in the constructive details of the Metropolitan Railway under Sir John Fowler, Past President Inst. C.E., and assisting Mr. Jacomb-Hood in the design and superintendence of the heavy works on the South London and Suburban Lines then in progress for the Brighton and other railway companies.

In 1865 he was invited to join his cousin as a junior partner, and remained in that position, to the satisfaction and advantage of both parties, till the autumn of 1870, when, on a vacancy occurring at the South Western Railway by the resignation of Mr. Strapp, M.Inst.C.E., Mr. Jacomb was appointed the Chief Resident Engineer to that Company, and the partnership was dissolved.

From that time till his sudden death, from apoplexy, in his office at the Waterloo Terminus on the 26th of May, 1887, Mr. Jacomb devoted the whole of his untiring energy and great professional and commercial ability to the interests of his employers, and earned the well-deserved respect and sincere esteem, not only of the Board and his brother officers, but also of the entire Staff in every department. His genial and engaging manners made him a universal favourite with all whom he met, either in business or in society, and materially aided in smoothing away difficulties which invariably arise in dealing officially with public bodies and private interests on behalf of a large and powerful corporation.

Mr. Jacomb's intimate acquaintance with professional details, his organizing power, his ability in combining constructive perfection with true economy, and his rigid integrity and determination to protect the interests of his employers, secured a standing in the profession which few men have attained in so short a time. His early and sudden death literally 'in harness' - was a severe blow to the Directors and officers of the Company, by whom he was valued, not only as a capable adviser and coadjutor in all departments of railway administration, but as a personal friend who could ill be spared and with difficulty replaced.



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