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Name: James William

Burial Number: 1392

Gender: Male

Occupation: Engineer

Born: 16/11/1853

Died: 30/03/1929

Buried: 04/04/1929


James Henry Mackenzie William was born into an Indian Army family in Bengal, on 16th November 1853, his father was Sergeant James Stuart-William, his mother, Margaret Cain. James was the eldest of 8 children, born over a twenty-year period in India.
James trained as an engineer from the age of 21yrs, attending Thomason College, originally called The Roorkee College, it was established in 1847 as the First Engineering College in the British Empire. The College was renamed as The Thomason College of Civil Engineering in 1854. James was an employee of the India Public Works Dept., rising from an assistant engineer in 1874 to an executive engineer in 1884, retiring in 1908, aged 55yrs.
James had married Martha Roseina, probably in India, and after his retirement they moved to Worthing, living at Narora, 19, Ripley Road. James died on 30th March 1929, aged 76yrs, effects of £638 0s 2d. to his widow, value 2020 – £40K.

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The Grave

Photograph of headstone for James William

Location in Cemetery

Area: SWS Row: 3 Plot: 10

Exact Location (what3words): cheek.raced.ashes

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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In loving memory of my dear husband James Henry Mackenzie William who passed away 30th March 1929 a devoted son and brother. "The memory of the Just is blessed" and Martha Rosina his wife who passed away 12th May 1937

Further Information


Name: James Henry Mackenzie William

Gender: Male

Born: 16/11/1853

Town: Unknown

County: Unknown

Country: India


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: //

Spouse First Name: Martha

Spouse Last Name: Roseina

Town of Marriage: Unknown

County of Marriage: Unknown

Country of Marriage: Unknown

Information at Death

Date of Death: 30/03/1929

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Narora

Address line 2: 19

Address line 3: Ripley Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


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Personal Effects

Money left to others: £638 0 s 2 d

Current value of effects: £40000

Census Information


Living at Victoria, Harrow Road, Worthing, Sussex.

James Henry Mackenzie-William
Male 1853 67 India Civil Engineer Retired
Martha Mackenzie-William
Female 1853 67 London Home Duties
Fanny Churchill
Female 1888 32 Sussex General Domestic Servant

Miscellaneous Information

The Thomason College of Engineering (aka Roorkee College)

The Roorkee College was established in 1847 as the First Engineering College in the British Empire. The college was renamed as The Thomason College of Civil Engineering in 1854. It was given the status of University by Act No IX of 1948 of the United Province (Uttar Pradesh) in recognition of its performance and its potential and keeping in view of the needs of post-independent India. Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, presented the Charter in November 1949 elevating the erstwhile college to the First Engineering University of Independent India.