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Gordon H. Fraser

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Gordon H. Fraser ( -1926) of the Pearson and Knowles Coal and Iron Co

1926 3rd February died in London following an operation.

Obituary 1926 The death is announced of Mr. G H. Fraser, Managing Director of the Pearson and Knowles Coal and Iron Co of Warrington as having taken place on Wednesday February 3rd, following an operation in London. Mr. Fraser's connection with the Pearson and Knowles' group dated from 1920, when Sir W. G. Armstrong, Whitworth and Co acquired their controlling interest, but for some years prior to that date he had been associated with the manufacturing side of the trade as chairman of Burnell and Co Ltd while his earlier connection with Mahler and Co, Liverpool, had brought him into close touch with every section of the iron and steel trade. He was also a director of Rylands Brothers Ltd, of Warrington; the Partington Steel and Iron Co Ltd., of Irlam, Manchester; the Moss Hall Coal Co of Wigan; and the Wigan Junction Colliery Co of Wigan. In addition, he was chairman of Burnell and Co, Ellesmere Port, and of Kitchen's Reversing Rudder Co, Liverpool.

Mr Fraser was deservedly popular with all classes in the trade. Though of a quiet and retiring disposition, he had a very keen insight and a personality which gained from him the deep respect and affection of everyone with whom he associated, especially his fellow directors, the members of his staff, and the rank and file of the workers. In addition to his close association with local charities, he was exceedingly sympathetic to everything appertaining to the welfare of his men, and took the deepest interest in a very large number of individual cases of hardship and suffering.

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