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Douglas Fitzgerald Worger

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Douglas Fitzgerald Worger (c1855-1940)

1896 Assistant Engineer, Southwark and Vauxhall Water Works, Southwark Bridge Road, London

1941 Obituary [1]

DOUGLAS FITZGERALD WORGER whose death occurred on 1st December 1940, in his eighty-fifth year, was associated with water supply engineering during the whole of his long career. After serving his apprenticeship, from 1872 to 1877, under William Stroudley, locomotive superintendent of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway, he entered the service of the Southwark and Vauxhall Water Company as an assistant engineer, and when this company was taken over by the Metropolitan Water Board, he was promoted to be engineer to the Southern District, which comprised 286,000 houses, with a population of 2,000,000. He held this position until his retirement in 1918.

He then commenced to practise as a consulting engineer, and in 1925 he was instrumental in forming the Rural Districts Water Company, of Princes Risborough, remaining on the board of directors until his death. Mr. Worger was particularly interested in the application of automatic pumping systems to rural supplies, and was the author of papers on rural water supply problems, which he read at the Public Works Congresses of 1927 and 1930.

He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1887, and was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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