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Thomas Charles Ellis

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Thomas Charles Ellis (1847-1886)

1887 Obituary [1]

THOMAS CHARLES ELLIS was born at Cowley, Middlesex, on the 11th of March, 184i, being a younger son of Mr. Thomas Ellis, of Uxbridge.

He was educated at Eastbourne School, and in January, 1865, was articled for five years to Messrs. McClean and Stileman.

On the completion of his pupilage he was appointed by the same firm Resident Engineer during the construction of the Keighley Waterworks, from 1870 to 1877 ; and was afterwards employed by them in various capacities until 1881.

In the latter year he was engaged by Mr. Edward Filliter, M.Inst.C.E., as Resident Assistant Engineer upon the new waterworks for Wakefield, and superintended the construction of the large storage reservoir at Ringstone and Ardsley, the Moss Moor Catchwater (an open conduit on the moors 4.5 miles long), and the Spa Clough dam at the head thereof; also the laying of 2.5 miles of gravitation main from Ringstone to Wakefield.

In March, 1886, Mr. Ellis was from ill-health compelled to relinquish his duties at Ringstone, hoping, after a period of rest, to resume his appointment, but suffering a relapse he died on the 1st of October, 1886.

Mr. Ellis was a most obliging, industrious, and trustworthy man, taking great interest in every class of work intrusted to his care, and earning the respect and goodwill not only of his employers but of all those with whom he was associated.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution on the 6th of May, 1873.

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