Alan Mais, later Baron Mais, was born in Winn Road in 1911 and educated at Banister Court School. He trained as a surveyor at London University and, after working in the construction industry, opened his own consulting practice in 1936. In 1929 he became a member of the Territorial Army, transferring two years later to the Royal Engineers, with whom he served throughout World War Two. In 1943 Mais, now a lieutenant-colonel, was involved in the construction of Mulberry Harbours, the artificial floating landing stages that were later used in the D-Day landings. For his efforts during the Normandy landings, he was mentioned in dispatches, awarded an OBE and promoted to full colonel.

After the war he returned to his consultancy practice and served on numerous committees connected with the construction industry. In 1967 he was given a life peerage in recognition of this work. Now living in London, he became involved in local politics and was elected lord mayor in 1972. He died in 1993.

Alan Raymond Mais

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Further reading:

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004, Volume 36


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