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William Booth Bryan

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William Booth Bryan (1848-1914), chief engineer of the Metropolitan Water Board

Born in Nottingham.

Apprenticed to Mariott Ogle Tarbotton.

Assistant Engineer to the Corporation of Nottingham and to the Nottingham and Lea Valley Sewerage Board.

1873-76. Borough Engineer of Burnley.

1876-82. Borough Engineer and Water Engineer of Blackburn.

1904 Engineer of the East London Waterworks Co

1904. Chief engineer of the Metropolitan Water Board. James William Restler was the Deputy.

1907 He was president of the Junior Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Had son Bernard W. Bryan

1914 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM BOOTH BRYAN was born at Nottingham on 19th November 1848, and received his early education in the Grammar School of that town.

He was articled to Mr. M. O. Tarbotton, M.Inst.C.E., of Nottingham, and was subsequently engaged as Assistant Engineer to the Corporation of Nottingham and also to the Nottingham and Leen Valley Sewerage Board.

In 1873 he was elected to the position of Borough Engineer to the Burnley Corporation, a post which be held until 1876, when he became Borough and Water Engineer of Blackburn, still retaining — until 1878 — the post of Engineer to the Sewerage Committee of Burnley.

From 1882 Mr. Bryan was continuously connected with the water supply of the Metropolis, having been appointed in that year Chief Engineer to the East London Waterworks Co.

On the formation of the Metropolitan Water Board in 1904, he was appointed Chief Engineer, which position he was holding at the time of his death.

In connexion with his work, he was responsible for numerous improvements in securing the purest water supply. He was a keen Volunteer, and Colonel of the 2nd Tower Hamlets Rifle Volunteers from 1889 to 1903.

He died of heart failure at the Savoy Hotel, London, on 27th October 1914, in his sixty-sixth year, two days before the date on which he was to deliver the "Thomas Hawksley " Lecture.

He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1884. He was a Member of Council of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, an Honorary Member of the Association Generale des Hygienistes et Techniciens Municipaux de France, a Member of the Franklin Institute, and an original Member of the Institution of Municipal Engineers.

1915 Obituary [2]

1914 Obituary [3]

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