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Harry Watkins Kimber

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Harry Watkins Kimber (1875-1924)

1924 Obituary [1]

HARRY WATKINS KIMBER was born at Portsmouth 011 7th November 1875.

His scholastic training was received at Portsmouth Grammar School, after which he commenced his apprenticeship with Messrs. Bramwell and Harris.

On its completion he went as a Station Mains Superintendent on the City and South London Railway.

He joined the staff of Messrs. Dick Kerr and Co., Ltd., in August 1900, and shortly after the formation of the English Electric Co. he entered the employment of the Consolidated Construction Company, Ltd., which amalgamated the interests of the construction department of Dick Kerr and Co. and those of J. G. White and Co. in December 1919.

On the formation of The Foundation Company, Ltd., in February 1922, he became one of the executive engineers.

Mr. Kimber had very considerable experience in complete tramway installations at home and abroad, in large hydro-electric schemes, railway work, etc.

He visited South Africa in 1920 for information respecting grain elevators for the Government, and again in 1923 he went to the Canary Islands regarding the construction of harbour works, electric railways, etc.

His death took place at Portsmouth on 10th May 1924, in his forty-ninth year.

He became a Graduate of this Institution in 1899, an Associate Member in 1901, and a Member in 1907.

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