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Enoch Herbert Parsons

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Enoch Herbert Parsons (1885-1928)

1928 Obituary [1]

ENOCH HERBERT PARSONS, who was born at Bromley in 1885, had a very wide engineering experience in many parts of the world; he was resident engineer on many notable power-station constructions in England, China, Peru, and India, and in 1923 was appointed chief engineer of the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley.

His apprenticeship was served in the electric light department of the G.P.O., and he subsequently held positions as assistant engineer in the power department of the Central London Railway, the tramways department of the L.C.C., and the Chichester Electric Light and Power Company.

In 1911 he went to West Africa as engineer in the power department of the Prestea goldfields; in 1913 to Hong Kong as deputy chief engineer to the China Light and Power Company; and in 1915 to Shanghai as construction engineer to Messrs. Anderson Meyer and Company.

During the War he served as a commissioned officer in China and in France, and in 1919 returned to China to commence work on the series of power-station constructions already mentioned.

In 1926, upon completion of his work in connexion with the British Empire Exhibition, he became engineering adviser to the R.A.F. at Baghdad.

Soon afterwards he went again to West Africa to join The Tarquah and Abosso Goldmining Company, and at the time of his death he was engaged in supervising contract work for Messrs. Babcock and Wilcox in India and the Straits Settlements.

Mr. Parsons, who died on 13th April 1928, became an Associate Member of the Institution in 1924.

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