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Family
Marriage: Children:
  1. Minnie Louise Elizabeth Conquest: Birth: 13 JUN 1870 in St. Pancras, Middlesex. Death: 8 NOV 1961

  2. William Buckhurst Conquest: Birth: 1872 in Chelsea, Middlesex.

  3. Charles Jerrold Conquest: Birth: 1874 in Battersea, Surrey.

  4. Amy E Conquest: Birth: 1876 in Battersea, Surrey, England.


Sources
1. Title:   British census
Page:   Place, and approx date
2. Title:   Birth certificate
Page:   Alexander Conquest
3. Text:   IGI

Notes
a. Note:   N5348 Educated at a private school in Shoreham. (Was a pupil there ages 12 in 1861.)
 Articled in 1864 to Edmund Cooper, one of the Assistant Engineers under the Board of Works.
 (Both above from obituary in Folkestone newspaper)
 Elected an Associate Member of the ICE 4 March 1879. Obituary was published for him in ICE Minutes of Proceedings, vol.110, 1891-2, pp 384-5.
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 Living at 66 Belmont St, Chalk Farm Rd, at time of his daughter Minnie’s birth (1870).
 1871 Census say she was living at: 67 Belmont Road St. Pancras, Middlesex, with his wife and daughter Minnie.
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 Family notes say he was at Magdalen, Cambridge, and had a rowing blue, but this does not seem to have been the case.
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 1881 Census 41 Dover Road, Folkestone:
 Alexander W. CONQUEST   Head   M   Male   32   St Pancras, Middlesex, England   Civil Engineer    
 Minnie L.E. CONQUEST   Daur      Female   10   St Pancras, Middlesex, England   Scholar    
 William B. CONQUEST   Son      Male   8   Chelsea, Middlesex, England   Scholar    
 Charles J. CONQUEST   Son      Male   7   Battersea, Surrey, England   Scholar    
 Amy E. CONQUEST   Daur      Female   5   Battersea, Surrey, England       
 Alfred DRYLAND   Boarder   U   Male   16   Aldington, Kent, England   Civil Engineer (Student)
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 Presumably he was also the father of Florence (age 12 ie born 1869, soon after Alexander’s marriage) who was staying with their grandfather, Alexander’s father, at the time of the 1881 census?
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 ALEXANDER WILLIAM CONQUEST, son of the late Mr. William Conquest, for many years Secretary to Sir Joseph Bazalgette at the Metropolitan Board of Works, ... In November, 1875, Mr. Conquest was elected, out of one hundred and seventy-eight candidates, Engineer and Surveyor to the Borough of Ramsgate.
 On leaving Ramsgate in 1880 to take up the post of Engineer to the Borough of Folkestone, Mr. Conquest was presented with a handsome clock by the employees of the Corporation, and with an address and a purse of fifty guineas by some of the inhabitants. During his connection with Folkestone, which was destined to last for the remainder of his life, Mr. Conquest carried out many improvements, amongst which may be mentioned the laying out of Radnor Park, the paving with wood of the principal streets and the making of new main roads, the construction of a fish market, and the extension of the system of sewerage throughout the borough...
 Mr. Conquest died from blood-poisoning on the 5th of February, 1892. He had recently recovered from an attack of influenza, but went out too soon and caught a chill. On reaching home he placed his feet near the fire, causing a blister to form on one of the toes. Unfortunately, the dye from his sock entered the wound and caused blood-poisoning; mortification set in, and it was found necessary to amputate the leg ...
 (Minutes of Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Page 384 (what year?))
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 Re his role as Superintendent of Folkestone Fire Brigade - and possible photogprahs:
 “John Meakins, formerly curator of the Kent Fire Brigade museum, tells me that the name Conquest is not familiar to him and he doesn't think there's anything that goes back to the years you mention in the Folkestone file.  Your enquiry will be forwarded to the brigade for them to log and look into if and when the museum is re-opened.”
 Roger Mardon, Canterbury, Kent www.romar.org.uk
b. Note:   32 in 1881


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