He entered the Madras engineers, and served in the First Burmese War. After, he built dams on several rivers, transforming the drought-stricken Tanjore (now Thanjāvūr) district into the richest part of the state of Madras. He founded the Indian school of hydraulic engineering, and was knighted in 1861. His name is much honored to this day in India.
Just about every town in Britain has a Havelock Street, a Havelock Road, a General Havelock Inn or Arms. There are eight towns bearing the name: in Canada, USA, New Zealand, and Swaziland, and even an island in the Indian Ocean.
And so to Sheffield, where Havelock Street in the Broomhall district was named in honour of the good Major General Sir Henry.
Back to the Midland Railway! A short distance south of the river tunnel, the railway needed to avoid the road route from the city to Gleadless and the south east.
It is here that the immensely forgettable Major General Sir Henry Havelock makes a second appeareance.
P.S. There are lots more pictures of the Sheffield Megatron on Google, (here)
Next Blog : due Tuesday January 3rd