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Edward John Silcock

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Edward John Silcock (1862-1953)

1953 Obituary [1]

EDWARD JOHN SILCOCK, who died in South America on the 16th January, 1953, at the age of 91, was born on the 1st January, 1862.

He was educated at Norfolk County School, and at Yorkshire College, Leeds.

In 1879 he became pupil to the City Engineer of Leeds, and on the completion of his pupilage in 1881 he remained in the City Engineer's Office first as Engineering Assistant, and later a Chief Assistant.

In 1887 he was appointed Borough and Port Engineer of King's Lynn; during his tenure of this office he was responsible for the construction of a new water supply system for the town, in addition to a system of sewerage, and the relighting of the ship channel.

In 1898 he left this post to set up practice in Leeds as a Consulting Engineer. He retained his connexion with King's Lynn, however, by becoming Engineer to the Harbour Board. As a Consultant, Mr Silcock specialized in the design of waterworks and water supply systems, sewerage and sewage disposal systems, and land drainage.

Subsequently he also opened an office in Westminster and built up a considerable practice in Parliamentary work. He retired in 1939.

During the First World War he designed a water supply system and sewage disposal system for a vast military camp at Ripon....[more]

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