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Henry Joseph Higgs (c1885-1936)

1922 Lieut.-Col., O.B.E., A.M., B.A. (Cantab.), M.I.Mech.E., Assoc.M.Inst.C.E., Mechanical and Civil Engineer, Southwell, Notts. m. Gladys Winifred, d. of late Lieut.-Col. J. Rawlings, J.P. Ed. St. Paul's School, W., Cambridge University (Magdalene College). Royal Laboratory, Woolwich Arsenal. Irrigation Service of Egyptian Government; Managing Director of Ransome and Marles Bearing Co., Ltd., Newark-on-Trent. Club: Turf, Cairo. War Services.—Served in France in 2nd Field Co., Royal Engineers, 8th Division, from November, 1914; wounded 1915. Served in Palestine on G.H.Q. Staff. Three times mentioned in Dispatches. Awarded Albert Medal (1st class) and O.B.E.

1936/37 Obituary [1]

Lieut.-Colonel Henry Joseph Higgs was educated at Cambridge University, where he obtained his Degree, with First Class Honours, in Engineering.

Thereafter he spent two years in practical work in the shops at Woolwich Arsenal, and after a certain amount of active service received an Egyptian appointment in the Office of Works.

He was on active service during the War, rising to the rank of Lieut.-Col., and was awarded the D.S.O.

After the War and until the time of his death he was Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of Ransome and Marles Bearing Co.

He died in February, 1936, at the age of 49.

He was elected a Member in 1934.

1937 Obituary [2]

Lt.-Colonel HENRY JOSEPH HIGGS, O.B.E., A.M., R.E. (S.R.), was vice-chairman and managing director of the Ransome and Marles Bearing Company, Ltd., of Newark on Trent, and a director of the Projectile and Engineering Company, Ltd., London. He was born in London in 1886 and was educated at St. Paul's School and Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he graduated with honours in the mechanical sciences tripos in 1909. He received his practical training at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, and at the School of Military Engineering, Chatham, and in 1911 was made a second lieutenant in the special reserve of officers of the Royal Engineers. In 1912 he went to Egypt as a member of the Egyptian Government Irrigation Service and carried out much of the work in connexion with the Esna Barrage, where he was in charge of the workshops and pumping plant. He was recalled to the Army in 1914 and served in France with the Royal Engineers; later he was wounded at Neuve Chapelle. From 1916 to 1919 he was attached to G.H.Q. staff in Palestine. He was thrice mentioned in dispatches and was awarded the Albert Medal (military) in gold for bravery, and later received the O.B.E. In 1920 he was transferred to the special reserve of retired officers of the Royal Engineers.

Colonel Higgs was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1914 and was transferred to Membership in 1917. His death occurred on 23rd February 1936.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1936/37 Institution of Automobile Engineers: Obituaries‎
  2. 1937 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries