Evelyn FAWSSETT 
- Born: 15 Nov 1879, Louth, LIN
- Marriage (1): Dora Gladys Oxenden ALSTON  on 8 Sep 1910 in Parish Church, Sandgate, Kent
- Died: 11 Jul 1953, Overdene, Riding Mill, Northumberland aged 73
- Buried: St Andrew, Bywell, Northumberland
Evelyn practised as an electrical engineer with the North East Electrical Supply Co., Newcastle on Tyne.
INSTITUTE OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS OBITUARY
Evelyn Fawssett, who died on the 11th July, 1953, was born on the 15th November, 1879. He will be sadly missed by his many
friends, and members of the numerous technical committees upon which he was serving up to the time of his death will doubtless realise how much he contributed to their work by his tireless effort, his special experience and his sound judgment.
Fawssett was born in Louth, Lincs, and was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School, Louth, and at the Central
Technical College of the City and Guilds, where he spent a fourth year on research. His practical training consisted of two years as technical assistant at the Croydon Corporation electricity works. The rest of his professional life (1903-44) was spent with the
North Eastern Electricity Supply Co., where he rose to be Chief Engineer of the Testing Department, one of the largest in the
He took a deep and active interest in the pursuit of accuracy of metering and power-station efficiency, and may be said to
have made lasting contributions to the technique of meter design and precision testing. He was a keen advocate of standardization and simplification, and in the British Specification for Meters he played a major part in bringing about standardization of dimensions and a reduction in the number of ratings. He was granted patents relating to metering, remote indication schemes and cable-core temperature apparatus: he was also associated with the development of the Fawssett-Parry sensitive relay and the Fawssett-Parnall load-rate meter.
In his work upon committees of the Electrical Research Association and the British Standards Institution he undertook a
widening field of important work including the rating of cables, instrument jewels, meters and earthing, and in many cases his
ability and industry led to his election to the chair. The dominating interest of his later years was the hitherto little studied subject of earthing, which became so vitally important with the spread of rural electrification by overhead lines and of the introduction of nonmetallic water pipes. What he probably regarded as his magnum opus was the preparation, as chairman of an E.R.A. Committee, of a Code of Practice on Earthing, for The Institution. Although he lived to complete this work it had not quite reached the final form at the time of his death.
The loss of his wife in 1940 was a heavy and enduring blow, and thereafter he suffered from great loneliness. Unable to bring
himself to part with the old home at Riding Mill he remained there, for the most part alone, surrounded by sad reminders of the
past. Those who have spent occasional weekends at "Overdene" will have been touched by his efforts to keep loneliness at bay
and by his devotion to his dog. His difficulty in finding a congenial companion among his old friends, free to share the touring
holidays he loved so much, naturally increased, but his enterprise and even enthusiasm continued, and his last trailer-caravan
holiday in his beloved "Wall" country was undertaken alone. This was not much more than a year ago, and he had something
of a collapse which he wisely accepted as a warning. However his driving remained first class. He had other interests and
hobbies, especially photography, and to all he devoted the same serious study as was displayed in his professional work.
Fawssett was a somewhat reserved man, and some assumed that he was difficult of approach; others found him shy. He won
the high esteem of his colleagues and the sincere affection of those who knew him well. He is survived by a son and two
He joined The Institution as a Student in 1898 and was elected an Associate in 1902, an Associate Member in 1905 and a
Member in 1912. He served as Vice-Chairman of the Newcastle Local Section (now the North-Eastern Centre), 1920-22 and
1926-28; as Chairman of the Meter and Instrument Section (now the Measurements Section), 1930-31; as an ordinary
member of the Committee of that Section, 1941-44; and on the Committee of the North-Eastern Radio and Measurements
His published papers include "Distribution Losses in Electric Supply Systems" (Journal, 1903), "A Power Company's Testing
Department" (1911), "Apparatus and Methods for Accurate Maintenance of Large A.C. Energy Meters" (Fawssett and Moore,
1931) and "Practical Aspects of Earthing" (Fawssett, Grimmitt, Shotter and Taylor, 1940), for which a Transmission Section
Premium was awarded. He also wrote two Progress Reviews on "Integrating Electricity Meters (1928 and 1931). P. B. F.
Ref: M R Burn
Evelyn's surname is properly pronounced Fossett.
Evelyn married Dora Gladys Oxenden ALSTON  [MRIN: 23], daughter of Surgeon Major William Evelyn ALSTON  and Elizabeth Rouse FITZGERALD , on 8 Sep 1910 in Parish Church, Sandgate, Kent. (Dora Gladys Oxenden ALSTON  was born on 30 Nov 1879 in Sandgate, KEN, died on 17 Nov 1940 in Overdene, Riding Mill, Northumberland and was buried in St Andrew, Bywell, Northumberland.)