Harold Berridge

Major Harold Berridge CIE OBE (1872 – 17 June 1949) was a British civil engineer and mechanical engineer.

Berridge was born in Leicester. He was educated at the City of London School and served a civil engineering pupillage between 1890 and 1893, when he was appointed resident engineer of Poole Harbour, holding the position until 1896. In 1897 he obtained a position with John Mowlem & Co, as an engineer on the City and South London Railway. From 1898 to 1901 he worked as an agent for W. Hill & Co in Plymouth and from 1901 to 1902 as an agent for Scott & Middleton at Pallion Shipyard. In 1902 he went to the United States as assistant superintendent of the construction of the New York City approaches of the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad tunnel under the Hudson River.

In 1904, Berridge went to Aden as Chief Engineer to the Aden Port Trust. He held this post until his retirement in 1924. In 1917 he was commissioned into the part-time Indian Defence Force as a Major and Commandant of the 45th Aden Rifles and from 1918 to 1920 he served as Garrison Engineer and Deputy Assistant Director of Railways with the Aden Field Force. He was mentioned in despatches twice and appointed Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire (CIE)[1] and Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)[2] in the 1919 Indian War Honours. He relinquished his commission in September 1920, but was permitted to retain his rank.[3]

Berridge retired back to England, where he worked as assistant to the administrator of Housing Development Schemes of London County Council from 1925 to 1931.


  1. ^ "No. 31751". The London Gazette. 23 January 1920. p. 978.
  2. ^ "No. 31709". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1919. p. 16098.
  3. ^ "No. 32753". The London Gazette. 6 October 1922. p. 7050.