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William Nethersole

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William Nethersole (1829-1896)

1896 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM NETHERSOLE, born at Kingston, Jamaica, on the 17th December, 1829, was the son of a West India merchant. He was educated at King’s College, London, and at the Civil Engineering College, Putney, after which he was employed for three years on land drainage works in France.

Having then obtained some experience of railway construction in this country, he was appointed Assistant Superintendent in the Army Works Corps in the Crimea, where he served during the war. He was employed on the construction of the strategical railway, much of the work being carried out under fire. The hardships of a winter in the Crimea told severely on his health, and after returning to England he was obliged to rest for a time.

In 1858 Mr. Nethersole entered the service of the Sind, Punjab and Delhi Railway Company, and was placed in charge of the construction of the Mooltan division, a length of 60 miles.

From that line he was appointed in 1869 Superintending Engineer on the Indus Valley State Railway. After twenty-five years in India, he retired from the service of the Public Works Department in 1883, from which time, with the exception of some drainage and irrigation work in the island of Jamaica, he was not professionally employed.

In 1886 he married a daughter of Mr. Joseph Nash, M.D., of Box, Wilts, who survives him.

The last few years of Mr. Nethersole’s life were spent at Dover. His health gradually declined, and after great suffering, which his hopeful disposition enabled him to bear cheerfully, he died on the 22nd December, 1895. His genial and sympathetic character gained him many friends. He was elected a Member on the 7th February, 1869.

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