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Frank Garrett, Senior

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Frank Garrett (1845-1918) of Richard Garrett and Sons

1845 Born the son of Richard Garrett (1807-1866) and his wife Elizabeth nee Dunnall

1884 Became sole owner of the company on the death of his brother Richard Garrett (1829-1884)

1891 Gave the town five acres of land for the Recreation Ground

1901 Living at Adringham House, Aldringham, Suffolk (age 55 born Leiston), Civil Engineer and Employer. With wife Emma Barbara (age 62 born Metfield, Suffolk) and children Stephen (age 22 born Aldringham), a Civil Mechanical Engineer, Winifred May (age 29 born Leiston), Kathleen Penelope (age 27 born Leiston) plus a visitor and eight servants [1]

1919. Lieut-Colonel Frank Garrett C.B.E., T.D., A.M.Inst.C.E., A.M.I.Mech.E., of New Haven, Leiston. Chairman of Richard Garrett and Sons Director of Agricultural and General Engineers. [2]

Had four sons: Frank, Alfred, Stephen and Victor

1918 Obituary [3]

FRANK GARRETT was born at Leiston, Suffolk, on 6th May 1845, and was educated at Rugby and Stuttgart.

On the death of his father, Richard Garrett, he became a partner, with his two brothers, of the business of Richard Garrett and Sons, and on the retirement of Mr. H. N. Garrett in 1878, and on the death of Mr. Richard Garrett in 1884, he became sole proprietor of the business, which was converted into a private limited company in 1897.

He was of a very progressive spirit and, as far back as 1867, was making traction engines with Boydell's wheel attachment for taking heavy weights over soft ground. In 1870 he started making malleable castings and was one of the first in 1880 to adopt artificial means of drying wood under McNeill's system.

In the early "Seventies" he installed a plant for flanging steel boilerplates by means of hydraulic machinery, and in 1880 he brought out a patent for a steel corrugated fire-box for locomotive-type boilers, giving an increased heating surface, and forming a half water-tube in the midst of the hottest flames.

In the following year he introduced a compound portable steam-engine which was the fore-runner of the superheated steam semi-stationary engines, now one of the principal products of the firm. He also devoted much attention to the mixing of alloys, with a view to meet the requirements of various types of bearings.

Mr. Garrett was one of the original Members of the East Suffolk County Council, of which he was early made an Alderman, taking a great interest in educational matters, and for a long period being Vice-Chairman of the Technical Education Committee of that Council. He was also a Justice of the Peace for the County of Suffolk.

His death took place at Aldringham, near Leiston, on 2nd August 1918, at the age of seventy-three.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1882.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1901 Census
  2. The Times, Tuesday, Nov 04, 1919
  3. 1918 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries