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Gerald Gascoigne Lynde

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Gerald Gascoigne Lynde (1873-1938), managing director of Edmund Nuttall, Sons and Co

1938 Obituary [1]

A WIDE circle of our readers, especially civil engineers and contractors, will learn with deep regret of the death of Mr. Gerald Gascoigne Lynde, M.Inst.C.E., Past President of the Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors, which took place on Monday last, August 1st, at his home, Tenchley's Park, Limpsfield Common, Surrey, following an operation.

Mr. Lynde was born at Sale, Cheshire, on March 2nd, 1873, and was educated at Giggleswick School.

In 1890 Mr. Lynde joined Edmund Nuttall, Sons and Co. as an assistant engineer, and he was associated with that firm throughout his life for many years as its managing director. During Mr. Lynde's connection with the firm many large engineering projects were carried out, including extensive works on the Manchester and Huddersfield main drainage schemes, Newcastle and Reading tramways, a number of docks at Manchester, Newcastle, and Bristol, the Walker Naval Yard, the Royal Liver Building, large waterworks contracts for Manchester and Birmingham, and the Mersey Tunnel.

In association with John Mowlem and Co., Ltd., the King George V Dock at Southampton was constructed. The firm was also more recently interested in heavy tunnelling operations on the Trans-Iranian Railway, and also in extensive sea walls for the Wallasey Corporation, Trinidad Harbour, and important works for the Admiralty. Mr. Lynde was associated with the first Lord Cowdray in the formation in 1919 of the Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors.

In 1926 he succeeded Lord Cowdray as President and continued in that office until 1933. He was a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and for the year 1924-5 was President of the Manchester and Distric1 Association, and more recently was appointed a member of the Research Committee of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He was a past President of the British section of the Societe des Ingenieurs Civils de France

Mr. Lynde was a member of the Newcomen Society and was a widely read student of history, particularly that relating to civil engineering. In this connection he was author of a paper on "The Development of Civil Engineering Contracting," read before the Liverpool Rotary Club. He was also author of "Civil Engineering Contracting," an article appearing in British Industry, published by the Federation of British Tndnstries in 1933.

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