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Frank Noel Cox

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Frank Noel Cox (1877-1939)

1939 Obituary [1]

"FRANK NOEL Cox was manager since 1929 of the Pong Mine of the East Asiatic Company, Ltd., of Siam until his death on 10th January 1939.

He was born in 1877 at Derby, and was educated at Denstone College, Staffs. From 1896 to 1899 he attended evening classes in engineering subjects, and then went to the Haslam Foundry and Engineering Co, Derby, for his practical training. After serving his apprenticeship, he spent a further three years, from 1899 to 1901, with this company on general erection work, with an interim period as second refrigerating engineer on SS Karamea. He then joined the British Electric Car Co, Trafford Park, until 1904, when he was appointed assistant foreman of the machine shop of the Midland Railway carriage and wagon works at Derby. After a year, in 1905, Mr. Cox went abroad as supervising workshop engineer at Umtali on the Beira and Mashonaland and Rhodesian Railways. From 1915 until 1924 he was manager and chief engineer to Tekka Taiping, Ltd., at Taiping, Federated Malay States. In 1925 he went to Siam to open up a tin mine of Huey Yot Tin Dredging Ltd., and in his capacity as manager and chief engineer was responsible for the production, development, and maintenance work of the mine. He had an extensive knowledge of bucket dredges, and in this connection had carried out several contracts for the Bucyrus Co. He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1929."

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