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Harry Hall (1861-1931)

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Harry Hall (1861-1931)

1931 Obituary[1]


We regret to note the death, after a very short illness, on October 31 last, at Hampstead, of Mr. Harry Hall, an engineer of considerable experience, who had latterly served as resident engineer, under Mr. H. H. Dalrymple-Hay, on the reconstruction of the Piccadilly-circus tube station, of the London Electric Railway Co, and on other works of a similar nature. Mr. Hall was born on September 30, 1861, and received his general education at Thorn House Academy, Ealing. After studying engineering at Victoria University, Manchester, he received practical training under the late Mr. Edmund Olander, bridge engineer to the Great Western Railway Company. From 1882 until 1884 he was an assistant in the Engineering Department of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Co, and during the succeeding two years he occupied a similar position on the staff of the Great Western Railway Company. In 1885, Mr. Hall joined the firm of Messrs. Galbraith and Church, civil engineers, Westminster, and remained one of their principal assistants until they retired, more than twenty years later. While with them, he was engaged on various new railway works in connection with the Devon and Cornish lines of the London and South Western Railway Co. He afterwards became engaged on works connected with the Holsworthy and Bude line and the Meon Valley line, of the London and South Western Railway, and the Basingstoke and Alton Light Railway. Subsequently, he was employed on the construction of the Waterloo and City Railway, his activities including heavy underpinning work at Waterloo Station, and later he took on work in connection with the construction of the Baker Street and Waterloo Railway, and the Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway. His services were also required when two graving docks and a number of quays were being built at Southampton.

In 1907, he commenced practice as a civil engineer on his own account, and became engaged on various constructional works and in the preparation of schemes for the New South Wales Government. These included an underground railway, and a sewer of considerable length through water-logged sand, at Sydney, and the rearrangement of the docks at Newcastle, New South Wales. In 1910, he was appointed civil engineer to the Cleveland Bridge and Engineering Company, Limited, of Darlington, but returned to private practice in 1912. Some years ago Mr. Hall joined the staff of Mr. H. H. Dalrymple-Hay, Regent-street, London, S.W.l, and was placed by him in charge, as resident engineer, of the construction of escalators at the Underground Railway stations at Oxford-circus, Tottenham Court-road, Trafalgar-square and Piccadilly-circus. At the time of his death, Mr. Hall was in charge of the escalator works at Warren-street and Leicester-square stations, and of the works in connection with a new escalator at Tottenham Court-road station. He was also the. resident engineer on the construction of an additional underground passage at Oxford-circus station. Mr. Hall became an associate member of the Institution of Civil Engineers on December 6, 1892, and was elected to full membership on February 11, 1913. He was the author of a contribution to the Proceedings of the Institution, entitled, “ The New Piccadilly Circus Station,” presented on April 9, 1929. 'For this paper he was awarded a George Stephenson Gold Medal.

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