Henry Percy Maybury

When the line was being reconstructed c-1886 the contractor was H Croom-Johnson of Wrexham. Working for them on the project was a young civil engineer, Henry Percy Maybury (1864-1943). In later years he rose to considerable prominence as a road engineer and it was as Brigadier-General Sir Henry Percy Maybury GBE,KCMG,CB,M.Inst.CE, that he became the Ministry of Transport Director General of Roads

between the wars, responsible for much of the `arterial road` system. Until recent research into his background it had not been realised he started his career on railway construction, with the LNWR/GWR Joint Board at Shrewsbury and then Croom-Johnson before moving into muncipal circles.


Some information on Sir Henry follows - Many thanks to Ros Webber (Sir Henry's great, great niece) for sending us this information. 

SIR HENRY PERCY MAYBURY G.B.E.,KCMG,CB,J.P.,M.Inst.C.E. 

1864-1943 
Born 1864
; Uffington, Shrewsbury. Attended Upton Magna School. 
Professional training in office of Robert E. Johnson M.Inst.C.E. (London & North Western & Gt. Western Joint Railways) at Shrewsbury (5yrs.) 
Manager of public works contractors at Ludlow. 
1892 - Engineer & Surveyor of Festiniog ( 3yrs.), later similar position at Malvern. 
1904 - 1913 County Surveyor of Kent. 
1910
- Member of the Advisory Engineering Cttee. to Road Board. 3 yrs. later - Chief Engineering Officer to Board. 

FIRST WORLD WAR

Responsible for road work on behalf of War Dept. at military camps in Country. 
1916 - Government called upon him to organise Roads Directorate in France. Responsible for upkeep and construction of 4,000 miles of roads and 40,000 men. 
Awarded C.B. and Legion of Honour in 1917. 
Became K.C.M.G. in 1919.

Retired with rank of Brigadier-General

1919 - Appointed Director-General of Roads Dept. (Ministry of Transport) Resigned in 1928. 
1922 - Appointed a J.P. for the county of Kent. 
Awarded G.B.E. in 1928. 
1924 - Elected to London & Home Counties Traffic Advisory Cttee. 
1921 - President of Institute of Transport. 
1927 - Maybury Road, Edinburgh was opened by Sir Henry when he was Director-General at Min. of Transport. 
1928 - Given Honorary Freedom of Shrewsbury. 
1933 - President of Civil Engineers. 
Chairman of British Quarrying Co. 

Died 7 January 1943 at his home in Shrewsbury.

 

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