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Geoffrey Lancaster Groves

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Geoffrey Lancaster Groves (1892-1947)

1947 Obituary [1]

GEOFFREY LANCASTER GROVES was born in London on the 1st February, 1892, and died suddenly in Westminster Hospital on the 13th October, 1947.

He was educated at Whitgift School, Croydon, and pursued his scientific studies at the City and Guilds (Engineering) College, South Kensington, where he obtained the degree of B.Sc. (Engineering) of London University, with Honours.

His practical training was received under the Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London and South Western Railway and with Messrs. Mott, Hay, and Anderson, Consulting Engineers, Westminster.

In 1914 he was granted a commission in the Queens (Royal West Surrey) Regiment and served in India, where he later became a Major (D.A.Q.M.G.) during the third Afghan war.

On demobilization, he entered the office of Messrs. Mott, Hay, and Anderson, and was engaged on the Southwark bridge reconstruction, the Grampian electricity-supply scheme, and works in connexion with the enlargement of the City and South London Railway.

In 1922, the firm appointed him Resident Engineer on Contract No. 2 of that Railway, involving some very difficult work in both free and compressed air.

In 1924 he became Resident Engineer on the reconstruction of the Newport bridge over the river Usk, and on completion of that work he was given a similar post on the reconstruction of the Wearmouth bridge, Sunderland.

In 1929 he joined the staff of the London County Council as Resident Engineer on the Lambeth bridge reconstruction, and later on the widening of Putney bridge.

In 1931 he rejoined Messrs. Mott, Hay, and Anderson, and in 1933 became a partner in the firm, being engaged chiefly on the civil engineering works for the Fulham power-station and on tube railway construction-notably the 10-mile extension of the London Passenger Transport Board's Central Line from Liverpool Street to Ilford, for which he was almost entirely responsible.

He also carried out studies for the proposed bridge across the river Severn, and for other important post-war structures....[more]

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