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Harold Frederick Lea (1901-1950)
1950 Obituary 
"HAROLD FREDERICK LEA, whose untimely death occurred on 9th February 1950, at the age of forty-nine, was concerned with waterworks engineering for most of his career. He was educated at the Haberdashers' Aske's School, London, and at King Edward VI School, Birmingham.
He continued his studies at the University in that city and at the Derby Technical College. After serving a pupilage under the chief mechanical engineer of the Midland Railway at Derby he returned to Birmingham and entered the city engineer's department. On the conclusion of a further period of training he was appointed assistant engineer and held that position until 1927 when he was employed in a similar capacity for the next two years on the construction of two reservoirs for the Sheffield Corporation. He then received the appointment of deputy water engineer at Carlisle, with responsibility for the management of the water undertaking in an area of 70 square miles.
He became water engineer to the Bognor Urban District Council in 1938 and six years later entered upon his final period of office as waterworks engineer and manager to the County Borough of Halifax. Mr. Lea, who was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1939, was a son of Professor F. C. Lea, O.B.E., D.Sc., Wh.Sc., who was President of the Institution in 1943. Mr. Lea was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers."