Kenneth Alfred Wolfe Barry, obituary, consultative work for the KCR early 1900s

KCR Tai Po Market Station Image 1910s From KCR Website

Tai Po Market Station 1910s

“Kenneth Alfred Wolfe Barry (c1879-1936)

Second son of John Wolfe Barry

Partner in business with his father, along with A.G. Lyster, Past President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and G. E. W Crutwell, M. Inst. C.E. J. S.

1936 Obituary: Kenneth Alfred Wolfe Barry , O.B.E., was the senior partner in the firm of Sir John Wolfe Barry and Partners. He was the second son of Sir John Wolfe Barry, M.I.Mech.E., and was educated at Winchester College and Trinity College, Cambridge.

From 1899 to 1903 he was articled to his father’s firm, and was employed as assistant resident engineer on the extensions to Middlesbrough Docks, and on the Whitchapel and Bow Railway. Whitechapel and Bow Railway.

He then became a junior partner in the firm, and was concerned with constructional work for a large number of important railway, dock, and harbour schemes. His personal appointments, held jointly with others, included those of consulting engineer to the Bombay Port Trust, the Shanghai Nanking Railway, and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.

In addition, he was concerned, through the firm, with consultative work for the Kowloon Canton Railway and the Bengal Nagpur Railway, in connexion with the provision of locomotives, rolling stock, and machinery. He was associated with the construction of Immingham Dock, the Alexandra Dock at Newport, Mon., and more recently, the new Fish Dock at Grimsby.

During the War he obtained a commission in the Royal Garrison Artillery, but was transferred for service under the Ministry of Munitions in 1915, and a year later took charge of the cordite factory at Gretna, a position which he held until 1919. He was awarded the O.B.E. for his services. He worked with energy on behalf of Westminster Hospital, of which he became chairman in 1929.

In 1920 he was elected to Membership of the Institution, and he was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

His death occurred in July 1936, in his fifty-eighth year.” (1)

This article was first posted on 12th July 2017.


  1. Grace’s Guides – Kenneth Alfred Wolfe Barry 


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