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Frank Harold Wardle

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Frank Harold Wardle (1875-1939)


1939 Obituary [1]

"FRANK HAROLD WARDLE was born in 1875. He was educated at the Nottingham High School and from 1891 to 1896 he served his apprenticeship in the drawing offices and works of Messrs. Manlove, Alliott and Company, Ltd., Nottingham. During this period he also attended Nottingham University. In 1896 he became assistant manager for the MacGregor Cycle Company, Ltd., Nottingham, and in 1897 he was appointed works and general manager of the new MacGregor Cycle and Engineering Co, Nottingham. He designed the fittings for, and superintended the erection of, this company's new works.

In 1900 he was appointed assistant engineer in the Nottingham Corporation Electricity Department. Then followed fourteen years' experience in the design, erection, and running of power stations, until in 1914 he joined the staff of Messrs. John Player and Sons, Branch of the Imperial Tobacco Co (of Great Britain and Ireland), Ltd., as chief 'engineer. In this capacity he was responsible for the whole of the mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical plant in the company's factories, and also for the building of their factory at Dublin. He died on 3rd January 1939. He was elected a Graduate of the Institution in 1898, transferred to Associate Membership in 1901, and to Membership in 1916. He was also a member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers."


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