George Bernard Reynolds
George Bernard Reynolds (1853-1925)
1853 Born son of Commander George Stewart Reynolds RN and his wife, Eliza Susannah; a British subject by birth.
Graduated from the Royal Indian Engineering College.
1875 Posted to the Indian railways
19891 Assistant Manager, Wardha Coal State Railway, Warora, Central Provinces, India.
Some time before 1895 he married Lavinia Jane.
1897 Retired from the Indian public works department
Worked for the Royal Dutch Oil Company in the Sumatra oilfields.
1901 Engaged by William Knox D'Arcy as field engineer for his oil exploration in Persia.
After several years of unsuccessful exploration, the venture struck oil in 1908.
Reynolds resented the business structure that his employers were planning for Persia, and refused to co-operate, and deliberately withheld urgently needed information.
1911 Reynolds was recalled and dismissed, with a golden handshake of £1000.
By 1914 oil was being produced commercially.
1922 Reynolds made his second huge find of oil, in the La Rosa field, and presumably etired shortly afterwards.
1925 Once back in Britain, Reynolds was asked by the directors of Anglo-Persian Oil Co to travel to Persia on a courtesy visit. Before he could take up this invitation, however, he died suddenly at the Hotel de Inglaterra, Seville.
1915 Indian Biographical Dictionary
Reynolds, George Bernard, M.I.C.E.;., M.I.M.E., M.I.S.I., Indian P.W.D, (retired); joined service and was posted to State Railway Branch, 1875; transferred to Loco. Department, 1879-91; appointed as Executive Engineer and Manager. Warora Colliery, 1891; retired, 1897.
1925 Obituary 
GEORGE BERNARD REYNOLDS was born in 1853.
In 1875 he went to India as assistant engineer, being appointed to the Scindia State Railway. There he had charge of the first section of the line, 35 miles long, from Agra to Dholipur, and on its completion he was transferred to Vermeer in the Rajputana State Railways to superintend the erection of machinery in the shops.
Retiring from the Public Works Department at a comparatively early age, he turned his attention to petroleum, and his first oilfield development work was in the Island of Madoura, off Sourabaya, Java.
Going on to Persia as General Manager for the Darcy Exploration Syndicate, he spent several years on drilling operations under great difficulties, chiefly due to the hostility of the natives, which, by tactful handling, he was able to surmount.
The formation of the Anglo-Persian Oil Co. followed quickly on the successful results of the first wells. Mr. Reynolds afterwards turned his attention to Venezuela, where his efforts on behalf of the Venezuelan Oil Concessions, Ltd., were amply rewarded.
At a later date he joined the technical staff of the British Controlled Oil Co., and was actively engaged in pioneer work up to the time of his death, which took place at Seville, Spain, on 23rd February 1925.
He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1879.
1925 Obituary