John Holmes Jellett

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Mulberry Harbour
John Holmes Jellett
Born 1905
Died 1971
Nationality British
Engineering career
Engineering discipline Civil
Institution memberships Institution of Civil Engineers (president),
Smeatonian Society of Civil Engineers (first class member)
Significant projects Mulberry Harbour

John Holmes Jellett OBE, DSc, MA (1905–1971) was a British civil engineer.[1][2]

Jellett was appointed assistant civil engineer to the Admiralty on 22 June 1933.[3] He served in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve during the Second World War and was commissioned as a Temporary Captain.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[4] His citation in the London Gazette referred to his "distinguished service in operations which led to the successful landing of allied forces in Normandy".[4]

After the war from October 1945 to February 1946 he was Superintending Civil Engineer, HM Dockyard, Chatham. From 1946-48 he was Deputy Docks Engineer, Southern Railway, Southampton Docks. After nationalisation of the railway companies he was Docks Engineer, Southampton Docks, British Transport Commission from 1948–58 and he was Chief Docks Engineer, Southampton Docks from 1958 until his retirement in 1966.

He also acted as an occasional advisor within the Engineer and Railway Staff Corps, he was promoted to Major of that corps on 3 July 1957.[7] In 1966 he was elected a first class engineer member of the Smeatonian Society of Civil Engineers.[1] Jellett served as President of the Institution of Civil Engineers from November 1968 to November 1969.[8] He authored the Harbours and Sea Works article entry in Encyclopaedia Britannica.[9] He lived in Southampton in Hampshire, from 1946 until his death in 1971.


  1. ^ a b Watson, Garth (1989). The Smeatonians: The Society of Civil Engineers. Thomas Telford Ltd. p. 173. ISBN 0-7277-1526-7. 
  2. ^ ICE Presidential address
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 33958. p. 4569. 7 July 1933. Retrieved 22 August 2008.
  4. ^ a b c The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 36815. p. 5453. 28 November 1944. Retrieved 22 August 2008.
  5. ^ Kings College archives
  6. ^ History of the Mulberry Harbours
  7. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 41114. p. 3951. 2 July 1957. Retrieved 22 August 2008.
  8. ^ Watson, Garth (1988). The Civils. Thomas Telford. p. 254. ISBN 0-7277-0392-7. 
  9. ^ Encyclopaedia Britannica author entry

Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
Hubert Shirley-Smith
President of the Institution of Civil Engineers
November 1968 – November 1969
Succeeded by
Angus Fulton