Friends of Hastings Cemetery
In proud and loving memory
John Campbell Arbuthnott ICS CIC
Born 6th April 1858 Died 20th May 1923
And of Jeannie Sinclair
his beloved wife and devoted companion.
Great Windlesham Surrey 5th April 1947
Also of their elder Son
Hugh Hamilton Arbuthnott
Lieut. 27 Punjabis.
Killed during the siege of Kut-
From INDIAN AND HOME MEMORIES -
On the 12th of June, 1897, occurred one of those terrible calamities which those who lived through it will always speak a with a shudder.
One of the earliest measures I took was to assign to every officer his own special duty in repairing damages and restoring confidence. Every officer, whatever his ordinary duties, was given the task of rendering assistance……..
Every man was placed at his post, and all worked with their might.
Above all, Major Neil Campbell, the Civil Surgeon of the station, and John C. Arbuthnott, the Deputy Commissioner — both of whom I am glad to say afterwards received a decoration for their services — never spared themselves, and day and night were continually at work, encouraging others and setting an example to every one by their sense of duty and
John C. Arbuthnott, the Deputy Commissioner, provided the following description:
“The first shock, which was comparatively slight, was preceded by that rumbling underground noise since so familiar, but was accentuated within a few seconds with such severity that every masonry building in Shillong was levelled with the ground. The direction was roughly from south-
THE EARTHQUAKE: Constantine K Khongwar
“……When Arbuthnott reached the scene of the disaster McCabe was already dead, horribly crushed by the falling debris. It was a sad end to a distinguished career, and just as he was about to be made a companion of the Order of the Star of India.
After recovering his body from the rubble, Arbuthnott went to see what remained of the Secretariat and other government buildings. These he found completely destroyed. The compositors who were engaged in the printing of the Gazette in the Secretariat Press were buried when the building fell in on them. Arbuthnott was able to rescue a chaprassi, still alive, with only his head protruding from the ruins.
Report on the Conditions of Tea Garden Labour in the Duars of Bengal, in Madras, and in Ceylon by John Campbell Arbuthnott (1904).
John Campbell Arbuthnott was born in Greenock, Renfrew, Scotland, on 6 April 1858. He was the third son of Lt.-
He married Jeannie Sinclair Hamilton, daughter of Robert Hamilton, on 21 July 1887.
He died in Hastings on 20 May 1923 at age 65.
He was in the Indian Civil Service between 1879 and 1914.
He was invested as a Companion, Order of the Indian Empire (C.I.E.) in 1908.
Children of John Campbell Arbuthnott and Jeannie Sinclair Hamilton
1. Jeannie Arbuthnott, born 15 Dec 1888, died. 28 Feb 1970
2. Margaret Ogilvy Arbuthnott,. born 9 Aug 1892
3. Lieutenant Hugh Hamilton Arbuthnott, born 24 Feb 1894, died 28 Dec 1915
5. Susannah Mary Arbuthnott born 14 May 1901