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Charles Ramsden May

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Charles Ramsden May (1859-1916)

1916 Obituary [1]

CHARLES RAMSDEN MAY was born in London on 12th June 1859.

He received his early education at Clapham Grammar School, and at the age of seventeen was apprenticed to Messrs. Eastons and Anderson, Erith.

On the completion of his apprenticeship in 1881 he worked for the firm in many parts of the world, superintending the erection of machinery at the Portsmouth Water Works, Seville Water Works, Amsterdam Water Works, Swedish and Norwegian Railway Co., Lulea, Mersey Tunnel Railway, Brisbane Water Works, etc.

In 1893 he was appointed outdoor manager for the firm, then called Easton, Anderson and Goolden. At the end of 1898 he went to the Assuan Dam as principal assistant to Mr. (afterwards Sir) Maurice Fitzmaurice, and on the return to England of the latter in 1901 he was appointed resident engineer, which position he held until the completion of the work early in 1903.

From that year onwards to 1915 Mr. May acted as resident engineer on many works under Sir Maurice Fitzmaurice, who had been appointed engineer to the London County Council. These works comprised electric tramways, wharf walls on the Thames at the electric generating station at Greenwich, the erection of a large pumping station at Crossness, etc.

In August 1915 he became resident engineer for Messrs. Coode, Matthews and Co., at the Tanjong Pagar Dock Works at Singapore. Whilst there his health became affected and he returned to England, his death taking place at Bexhill-on-Sea on 3rd March 1916, in his fifty-seventh year.

He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1903.

1916 Obituary [2]

CHARLES RAMSDEN MAY, born on the 12th June, 1859, died at Bexhill on the 6th March, 1916.

Trained under Messrs. Easton, Anderson and Goolden, he was subsequently employed on the superintendence of their contracts for the erection of machinery at waterworks, docks and other works in various parts of the world.

In 1899 he went out to the Assuan Dam, becoming Resident Engineer in 1901. On its completion in 1903 he joined the engineering staff of the London County Council, remaining in their service until 1915, when he became Resident Engineer on the Tanjong Pagar Dock works at Singapore.

He was elected an Associate Member on the 3rd March, 1885, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 16th December, 1902.

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