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Isaac Althorp Ridgway

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Isaac Althorp Ridgway (1886-1915)


1916 Obituary [1]

ISAAC ALTHORP RIDGWAY, born at Lymm, Cheshire, on the 24th August, 1886, died on the 24th May, 1915, from wounds received in action in Gallipoli.

After serving his pupilage under Mr. A. G. Lyster, then Engineer-in-Chief to the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board, he acted as an Assistant to the Board.

In 1910, he was appointed by the Wallasey Embankment Commissioners as Resident Engineer under Mr. Lyster, their Consulting Engineer, in an extension of the Wallasey Embankment.

He was subsequently re-engaged by the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board, as Chief Assistant to the Resident Engineer in charge of the construction of the New Gladstone Graving Dock.

In 1911, he accepted the position of Chief Assistant to Engineer for the Fremantle Graving Dock, Western Australia, and afterwards was appointed by the Western Australian Government as Chief Assistant to the Engineer in connection with proposed plans for the improvement of the four principal harbours in Western Australia.

In 1913, he was appointed as District Engineer for the Queensland Coast in the Lighthouse Service Department of Trade and Customs of the Commonwealth of Australia.

On the outbreak of War he obtained a 2nd Lieutenant's Commission in the 6th Battalion of the 2nd Reinforcement of the Australian Imperial Forces, and was subsequently promoted to be a First Lieutenant.

He was an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Member of the Manchester University Engineering Society and of the Manchester University Geological Society.

He was elected a Student of the Liverpool Engineering Society on the 15th January, 1909, and transferred to the class of Associate Member on the 29th November, 1911.


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