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Harold Percy Dow

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Lieut.-Colonel Harold Percy Dow (1880-1928)


1928 Obituary [1]

Lieut.-Colonel H. P. Dow joined Mr. Rowland L. Wilson and established the firm of Dow and Wilson in 1904, in which he remained a partner until his death on 21st December 1928.

He was born at King's Lynn in 1880, and served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Savages in that town.

He then entered a consulting engineer's office in London and later joined the Sturtevant Engineering Company as a draughtsman.

A further period with the Consolidated Engineering Company of Slough preceded the establishment of his own business.

In 1907 Messrs. Dow and Wilson, at the invitation of Sir Edward Barry, Bart., took over the management of the Bassett Bolt and Nut Company of Houdeng-Goegines, Belgium, and Col. Dow acted as managing director to this company and resided in Belgium until the outbreak of war.

During the War he served with the Royal Engineers and rose from the rank of sub-lieutenant to colonel, retiring after the declaration of peace with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. He was in Paris at the time of the Armistice and was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour by the French Government.

He became a Graduate of the Institution in 1902 and a Member in 1904.



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