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Harold Fletcher Massey

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Harold Fletcher Massey (c1870-1950)

1951 Obituary [1]

"HAROLD FLETCHER MASSEY was the chairman and managing director of Messrs. B. and S. Massey, Ltd., makers of dropforging plant, Manchester, and had been associated with the firm throughout his professional career, including his apprenticeship from 1888 to 1889. He received his general education at Mill Hill School and the Leys School, Cambridge, and gained his technical knowledge at Owens College, Manchester, where he graduated B.Sc. in engineering in 1892. He then entered his father's works and was appointed assistant to the manner.

Shortly afterwards he was sent to the United States, where he installed and took charge of the firm's stand at the Chicago Exhibition. On his return in 1894 he was made works manager, and two years later was admitted to partnership, becoming chairman in 1944. He was the patentee of improved pneumatic and spring hammers and did much to promote the improvement of forging practice, making a particular study of the flow of metals in forging. Mr. Massey was also keenly interested in engineering education and took an active part in its development in Manchester, especially at the College of Technology. He had been a Member of the Institution since 1903 and was also a past-president of the Manchester Association of Engineers. His death occurred on 9th May 1950, in his eightieth year."

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