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Frederick John Dixon

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Frederick John Dixon (c1869-1949)

c1869 Born the son of Thomas Forrest Dixon

1871 Living at Postfield, Claines, Worcs.: Thomas Dixon (age 58 born Scotland, Contractor employing 50 men. With his wife Lizzie Dixon (age 43 born Guernsey) and their ten children; Lizzie G. Dixon (age 22 born Morpeth); Thomas J. Dixon (age 20 born Alderney), Engineer; Annie Dixon (age 10 born Alderney); Herbert Dixon (age 9 born Latanyhen, Yorks); Constance Dixon (age 8 born Guernsey); Jessie Dixon (age 7 born Lutingham); Jeanice Dixon (age 6 born Nardale, Yorks); Edward Dixon (age 3 born Worcestershire); Maggie Dixon (age 2 born Worcestershire); and Fredrick Dixon (age 1 born Worcestershire). Two servants.[1]

1950 Obituary [2]

"FREDERICK JOHN DIXON, C.B.E., was associated with water-supply engineering for almost the whole of his long professional career. He received his general education at a private school in Worcester and at Hereford College, and obtained his technical training at the Yorkshire College, Leeds. On the completion of a three years' pupilage under his father, who was engineer to the Harrogate Waterworks Co, in 1889, he received an appointment as assistant engineer to the contractors for the West Highland Railway. Returning to Harrogate five years later, he was employed for a brief period in the same capacity by the Waterworks Company. After acting as engineer and surveyor to the Spilsby Rural District Council, Lincolnshire, from 1894 to 1897, he went into partnership with the late Mr. James Thropp, M.I.C.E., county surveyor and surveyor to the Court of Sewers, Lincoln. On the dissolution of the partnership in 1900, Mr. Dixon became resident engineer to the Harrogate Corporation, and, in association with his brother, Mr. Edward Wilson Dixon, M.I.C.E., carried out many important works, including a comprehensive sewerage scheme. He was appointed water engineer to the Corporation in 1906.

This was followed two years later by the appointment of chief engineer to the Ashton-under-Lyne, Stalybridge, and Dukinfield (District) Waterworks Joint Committee. In 1917, he became engineer-in-chief of the South Staffordshire Waterworks Co and continued in this position until his retirement in 1944. During his tenure of office he was responsible for pumping schemes of some magnitude, necessitated by the increase of population in the area. In recognition of his services as a prominent water-supply engineer he was created C.B.E. in the Birthday Honours of 1943. Mr. Dixon, whose death, in his eightieth year, occurred on 26th June 1949, was elected a Member of the Institution in 1918. He was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Past-President of the Institution of Water Engineers. In addition, for many years, he served on numerous committees connected with water-supply engineering and on those of the British Standards Institution.

During the war of 1939-45 he rendered valuable services as chairman of the West Midlands Mutual Assistance Water Committee, and, more recently, was a member of the departmental committee on Greater London water supplies."

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