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Jonah Walker-Smith

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Sir Jonah Walker-Smith Kt., M.P., M.I.Mech.E., M.Inst.C.E., F.S.I., Hon. A.R.I.B.A., Barrister-at-Law.

1874 Born in Watford. Jonah Walker Smith

1890-1 Educated in engineering at Kings College, London

1891-2 Trained with Smith, Patterson and Co, sanitary engineers, iron founders at Blaydon

1892-5 Pupil under O. Claude Robson M Inst C E working for Willesden Council

1895-1898 continued working under Robson

1898-1901 Chief engineering assistant to Mr G. T. Lynam, in Burton on Trent

1901-2 Deputy borough engineer of Barrow-in-Furness under W. H. Fox

1902-8 Borough engineer of Barrow-in-Furness

1903 Associate member of Inst Mech Engineers.

1905 Married Maud Hunter in Barrow

1908 He became City Engineer of Edinburgh

1908 Birth of son Coulton

1910 Became a Member of Inst Civil Engineers[1]

1910 Business address: Edinburgh. Advanced to Associate member of Inst Civil Engineers.

1911 John Jonah Smith 70, engineer, employer, lived in Watford, Jane Elizabeth Smith 62, William Sidney Smith 37, engineer working for a railway company, Jonah Walker Smith 36, engineer working for the government, George Alfred Smith 31, engineer working for the government, Frederick John Smith 28, plumber[2]

Chief Engineer and Director of Housing and Town Planning, Local Government Board of Scotland

1912 Chief Inspector, Local Government Board for Scotland

Consulting Engineer in Scotland to the Road Board

1919-25 Director of Housing, Ministry of Health.

1934 Name changed to Walker-Smith by deed poll

1934 Knighted

1939 Business Address: 13 Russell Square, London, W.C.1. Author of Technical books, etc.

1939 Company director; Director of Employers' Federation; lived in Hendon with Maud and his son Coulton, a civil engineer[3]

1947 Chairman of Smith, Patterson and Co

1964 Died in London[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. Civil Engineer records
  2. 1911 census
  3. 1939 register
  4. National probate calendar
  • Civil Engineer records