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Death Date: 1901 - in train collision Kibigori

Last Date: 1901

Profession: A bridge foreman with the railway construction

Book Reference: Genesis, Hut

General Information:

Genesis - 'I had two white men camped with me at Kibigori. One a signaller, Mr Turner, who was awaiting the arrival of the telegraph line and another Mr Nesbitt, a bridge foreman, who had finished his work and was simply waiting for the rails to reach the lake so that he might get back again to his wife in England. Many a time when I was prostrated with fever would these two obliging souls carry instructions from me to my workmen so that our progress might not be delayed. ........... One evening Mr Turner, the signaller, said he would like to go to Muhoroni and return early next morning, as he wanted to see what progress the telegraph party were making, and Nesbitt seeing me down with the fever, and anxious not to be left alone in the camp, elected to accompany Turner.
Their train had not left rail-head more than a few hours, and I was lying in my tent, when to my surprise, I heard it returning in the dark, and bad as I was with fever I got up and went to meet it, to be informed by an official on the arrival of the train that a collision had occurred. ........ My first thoughts were for Nesbitt and Turner, so I asked to see them. Poor Turner was so badly mangled as to be almost unrecognisable. He and Nesbitt had been seated in front of the leading truck, and had received the full impact of the onrushing train, and Nesbitt - he had just sufficient life to remark that he had built his last bridge, and to devoutly consign his wife to the keeping of the Almighty. In the fever-laden swamp, close to the railway line, two humble slabs were erected, and stand to this day [1950s]
Hut - Buried Kibigori

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