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Charles Edward Herbert

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Charles Edward Herbert (1894-1938)

1938 Obituary [1]

CHARLES EDWARD HERBERT was in private practice as a civil engineer, in Abergele, North Wales. He also held appointments as consulting engineer to various local authorities, particularly in connection with water supply and drainage and sewerage schemes.

He was born in Sunderland in 1894 and received his training under Mr. C. T. Smith, civil engineer, for whom he was engaged on general public works contracts from 1908 to 1913. He was also concerned with various water supply schemes, involving pumping from deep-well boreholes, and the installation of mechanical pressure filters.

In 1914 he joined the Royal Engineers, and remained on active service in France throughout the War; his duties consisted largely of surveys for water supplies to the front line. He was demobilized in 1919, and joined Messrs. John Laing and Son, of Carlisle, for whom he carried out several contracts for the installation of heating systems for factories. A year later he was engaged by the Ministry of Health to supervise the layout of new housing estates, particularly in connection with water, gas, and electricity services. He subsequently held appointments as resident engineer on various general public works contracts and water supply schemes, and in 1926 he went into business on his own account. He was responsible for several land drainage schemes involving Diesel-engine pumping equipment, and for the installation of electrically controlled automatic pumps in waterworks.

Mr. Herbert was elected an Associate of the Institution in 1937, less than a year before his untimely death, which occurred on 14th January 1938.

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