John Holmes Jellett

John Holmes Jellett

Infobox Engineer


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name = John Holmes Jellett
nationality = British
birth_date = 1905
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death_date = 1971
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discipline = Civil
institutions = Institution of Civil Engineers (president),
Smeatonian Society of Civil Engineers (first class member)
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significant_projects =Mulberry Harbour
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John Holmes Jellett OBE, DSc, MA (1905–1971) was a British civil engineer.cite book
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first = Garth
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title = The Smeatonians: The Society of Civil Engineers
publisher = Thomas Telford Ltd
date = 1989
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pages = p173
url = http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=ybXHDw8u_VcC
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isbn = 0727715267
] [ [http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/ArticleView.aspx?doi=10.1680/iicep.1969.7528 ICE Presidential address] ]

Jellett was appointed assistant civil engineer to the Admiralty on 22 June 1933. [LondonGazette|issue=33958|startpage=4569|date=7 July 1933|accessdate=2008-08-22] He served in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve during the Second World War and was commissioned as a Temporary Captain.LondonGazette|issue=36815|startpage=5453|supp=yes|date=28 November 1944|accessdate=2008-08-22] His engineering talents were called upon during the Invasion of Normandy where he was made Superintending Civil Engineer of Mulberry Harbour B, a temporary concrete harbour built at Arromanches. [ [http://www.kcl.ac.uk/lhcma/locreg/HICKLING.shtml Kings College archives] ] Mulberry B was in use for five months following the invasion and landed two million men, half a million vehicles and four million tons of supplies for the Liberation of Europe. [ [http://www.combinedops.com/Mulberry%20Harbours.htm History of the Mulberry Harbours] ]

In recognition of Jellett's work with the Mulberry harbour he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (military division) on 28 November 1944. His citation in the "London Gazette" referred to his "distinguished service in operations which led to the successful landing of allied forces in Normandy". After the war he worked as a director of the Anglo Dutch Dredging Company at Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, a post he held from 1946 to 1966. [http://www.britannica.com/eb/author?id=1475 Encyclopaedia Britannica author entry] ]

Jellett continued his service to the military by acting as an unpaid technical advisor to the army through membership of the Engineer and Railway Staff Corps, he was promoted to Major of that corps on 3 July 1957. [LondonGazette|issue=41114|startpage=3951|supp=yes|date=2 July 1957|accessdate=2008-08-22] In 1966 he was elected a first class engineer member of the Smeatonian Society of Civil Engineers. Jellett served as president of the Institution of Civil Engineers from November 1968 to November 1969.cite book
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first = Garth
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title = The Civils
publisher = Thomas Telford
date = 1988
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pages = p254
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isbn = 0-727-70392-7
] He authored the "Harbours and Sea Works" article entry in "Encyclopaedia Britannica". By 1971 he was living in Southampton in Hampshire, dying later that year.

References

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