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Name: PRINGLE, John Wallace CB (Col.), Sir

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Birth Date: 28.5.1863 Madras

Death Date: 16.7.1938 Cuckfield, Sussex

First Date: 1891

Last Date: 1903

Profession: As Capt. Pringle - one of four Royal Engineer Officers selected to survey the route of Uganda Railway from Mombasa

Married: 1. In Sevenoaks, Kent Oct 1895, Elsie Kirk b. 1871 Zanzibar, d. 17 Dec 1897 Madras, India (dau of Sir John Kirk) 2. In Kensington 1928 Muriel Lamb b. 3 Apr 1878 Liverpool, d. 1973 Cuckfirld

Children: Marjorie (19.9.1896 Secunderabad, India-1984)

Book Reference: Gillett, Hobley, Permanent Way, Nairobi, Debrett, Fitzgerald, North, Nicholls

War Service: Royal Engineers

General Information:

Nairobi - Major J.W. Pringle reported that "as a station site, the level ground commends itself to the engineer. As a site for the future capital of East Africa and for permanent buildings for Europeans, the sanitary engineer and the medical expert condemn it."  
Debrett - Col. RE (retired), and Ch. Inspecting Officer of Railways, Min. of Transport; Burma Expedition 1885-6
Nicholls - second-in-command to MacDonald on the railway survey
North - 'a very quiet fish' (McGregor-Ross, RH)
Mills Railway - Macdonald's party comprised himself, Pringle, Lieutenants Austin and Twining and Sergeant Thomas as surveyors supported by 41 Indian survey assistants and draughtsmen, and 411 porters.
Hobley - later Colonel. P.W. - Chief Inspecting Officer of Railways for the Ministry of Transport. Knighted in 1925.

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