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Sydney George Elton

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Sydney George Elton (1879-1939)

1939 Obituary [1]

"SYDNEY GEORGE ELTON spent a considerable time in India as a hydraulic engineer.

He was born in 1879 and received his education at Forest School, Walthamstow, Essex. He was apprenticed in the works of Messrs. James Simpson and Company, Ltd., London, from 1894 to 1898 (now Messrs. Worthington-Simpson, Ltd.). Subsequently he spent two years in various parts of England erecting machinery for this company, and in 1900 he was transferred to their Indian branch. Here he worked on various installations with which his firm was concerned, and in 1906 he spent some months on leave in various works and power stations in England and Belgium.

Towards the end of 1906 he was appointed resident engineer on the Divi irrigation pumping project, with sole charge of the erection and running of the plant until it was taken over by the Government in 1908. He was then employed in the Calcutta offices of Messrs. Worthington-Simpson, and in 1909 he became assistant manager in the Indian branch. In 1917 he became manager of this branch, a post he held until 1924 when he was transferred to London as manager of the export department of his firm. He died on 22nd August 1939. He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1906 and was transferred to Membership in 1911."

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