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Harold Berridge

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Harold Berridge (c1872-1949)

1950 Obituary [1]

"HAROLD BERRIDGE, C.I.E., O.B.E., whose death occurred at Sutton, Surrey, on 17th June 1949, at the age of seventy-seven, was elected a Member of the Institution in 1914. He was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. On the completion of his general education at the City of London School in 1888, he served a short apprenticeship with Messrs. J. J. Lane, Ltd., Phoenix Engine Works, London; and for the next three years found employment in the workshop and office of Messrs. H. Wallace and Company, manufacturing chemists. After gaining further experience under Messrs. Kiniple and Jaffery, MM. Inst.C.E., he was resident engineer at Poole Harbour from 1895 to 1897. He then held various brief appointments chiefly in connection with harbour works, and later was assistant superintendent to the contractors for the Hudson River approach tunnels. In 1904 he was appointed port engineer at Aden, and later, chief engineer to the Aden Port Trust, a position he held for twenty years.

During the war of 1914-18 he served with the Aden Field Force Royal Engineers, with the rank of major. After acting as assistant chief engineer to the Tata Power Co, of India, for whom he was engaged on the construction of the Mulshi Dam, he returned to England in 1925, and, joining the staff of the London County Council's chief engineer's department, was responsible as principal resident officer for the construction of some 10,000 houses. Since 1931 Mr. Berridge had been living in retirement."

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