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Frank Calvard

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Frank Calvard (c1878-1949)

1950 Obituary [1]

"FRANK CALVARD had a large and varied experience, extending to forty years, of harbour, dock, and railway engineering.

He was educated at the Grammar School in Hull, where he also served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Calvard and Strachan, engineers and millwrights, from 1893 to 1896, and with Messrs. Holmes and Company, Ltd., from 1896 to 1900. After gaining experience as a draughtsman in the dock engineers' department of the North Eastern Railway for five years he held various short appointments, including that of engineering assistant and chief draughtsman to the Alexandra (Newport and South Wales) Docks and Railway Company, Ltd., and as resident engineer to the Lautaro Nitrate and Railway Company in Chile.

In 1911 he entered the service of the Port of London Authority as an engineering assistant. In this capacity he was first engaged on the preparation of designs but was subsequently transferred to the department dealing with docks improvements and new works, including the construction of the King George V Dock, his position in this latter work being that of assistant engineer which he held from 1918 to 1920. He then joined the staff of the Tyne Improvement Commissioners as resident engineer to the Tyne Pier Works, retaining this appointment until his retirement on account of poor health in 1940. Mr. Calvard, whose death occurred, in his seventy-first year, on 11th March 1949, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1905 and was transferred to Membership in 1924. He was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers."

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