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David Halton Thomson

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David Halton Thomson (1886-1959) of Portsmouth Waterworks

1959 Obituary [1]

David Halton Thomson, O.B.E., M.A., who served as Chairman of the Southern Branch in 1940 and 1941, died on 17th January 1959.

Born in 1886, he was educated at Highgate School, London, and at schools in France and Germany. He took an engineering course at Cambridge University in 1903-06 and gained the Mechanical Sciences Tripos with honours. In. 1911 he became an M.A.(Cantab.). During his apprenticeship he gained considerable experience in the design and construction of large waterworks schemes and it was as a water engineer that he made his career.

After a period of some years with Sir Alex. Binnie, Son and Deacon, he joined the Portsmouth Waterworks Co. in 1912 as Chief Engineering Assistant; he was promoted Assistant Engineer to the same company in 1924 and became Engineer to the Borough of Portsmouth Waterworks Co. in 1926 until his retirement on 2nd May 1950.

He was awarded the O.B.E. in 1944.

Mr Thomson was elected an Associate Member in 1919 and transferred to Member in 1929. He was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and of the Institution of Water Engineers.

1959 Obituary [2]

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