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Harry Leonard Percy

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Harry Leonard Percy ( -1934)

1934 Obituary [1]

HARRY LEONARD PERCY was connected with the Colombo Electric Tramways and Lighting Company for twenty years.

He was born in London and in 1898 entered Faraday House where he studied electrical engineering and allied subjects for a year.

He then became an apprentice in the works of Messrs. Robert Stephenson and Company, and subsequently joined the Blackpool Corporation Electricity Works and Tramways Department, where he gained further practical experience.

He held junior positions in municipal electricity departments at West Hartlepool, Wimbledon, and Chesterfield from 1902 to 1904, when he became deputy electrical and tramways engineer at Chesterfield.

Two years later he left for Colombo to take up his appointment as assistant engineer. He became engineer to the company in 1912, and was responsible for large extensions to the power station and the installation of additional Diesel engines as prime movers.

During the War he served as a lieutenant in the Royal Engineers in Egypt and Salonika, returning to Ceylon in 1919; he commanded the Ceylon Engineers from 1923 to 1925. He retired in 1926 and returned to England.

Mr. Percy was elected a Graduate of the Institution in 1904 and was transferred to Associate Membership in 1910 and to Membership in 1913. He was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

His death occurred on 15th July 1934, in his fifty-third year.

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