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Walter Sery Nicholson

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Walter Sery Nicholson (1855-1940)

1940 Obituary [1]

WALTER SERY NICHOLSON was born in London on the 24th November, 1855, and died at his home at Surbiton, Surrey, on the 27th May, 1940.

In 1877, soon after completion of his pupilage, he joined Messrs. T. and C. Hawksley as an assistant, and on the death of Mr. K. P. Hawksley, M.Inst.C.E., in 1924, he was taken into partnership. He remained with the firm until his death - a period of nearly 63 years, during which he was responsible for a large number of waterworks carried out by them, including the design and construction of large reservoirs for the Southend Water Works Company, the Durham County Water Board, the Bristol Water Works Company, and the South Essex Water Works Company.

He also advised numerous water-supply authorities on problems of additional resources and the construction of the necessary work, superintended the preparation of schemes for Parliamentary deposit, and gave expert evidence before Select Committees of both Houses of Parliament.

Mr. Nicholson was elected an Associate Member of The Institution in 1881, and was transferred to the class of Member in 1908.

In 1881 he married Eliza M. Brettell, daughter of Walter Brettell, who survives him, and had one son.

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