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Horace Fawcett Payne

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Horace Fawcett Payne (c1907-1948)


1950 Obituary [1]

"HORACE FAWCETT PAYNE spent the whole of his career in municipal engineering, the greater part in connexion with drainage.

He received his education at the Dudley Technical College, and in 1923 became a pupil under Mr. F. H. Gibbons, borough engineer and surveyor of Dudley. On the completion of his articles he remained with the latter for a brief period as his assistant, following which he was appointed engineering assistant to the Merton and Morden Urban District Council. After serving in a similar capacity with the borough of Watford for five years he began, in 1935, a connection with the city engineer's department of Portsmouth, which lasted to the end of his brief career, his first duty being that of general engineering assistant.

A year later he was made senior engineering assistant and was closely concerned with the design and construction of sewage pumping stations and the equipment of new baths. After serving as acting chief engineering assistant for five years he finally became, in 1946, senior assistant engineer. Mr. Payne, whose death occurred on 31st December 1948, at the age of forty-one, was elected an Associate of the Institution in 1947. He was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers."


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