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Harry Francis (c1852-1926) of the Devonport Water Co

1926 Obituary[1]

The death occurred on Sunday, the 21st at his home in Plymouth of Mr Harry Francis.

Mr Francis, who was seventy-five years of age, was educated at Exmouth House School, Devonport, and when only eighteen succeeded his father as engineer to the Devonport Water Co, a position which he retained until the Corporation took over the undertaking.

In 1903 he became a consulting engineer, and in that connection was associated with most of the water schemes, not only in the Plymouth district, but throughout Devon and Cornwall. He directed the building of the reservoir at Ivybridge, and was one of the engineers who advocated the raising of the dame at the Burrator Reservoir of the Plymouth Corporation Water Works, a work which was postponed by the war but which is now in process of being completed.

Mr Francis was one of the expert witnesses who gave evidence on behalf of the Devonport Corporation when an inquiry took place which resulted in the amalgamation of that town with Plymouth.

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