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Harry Alexander Dormer

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Harry Alexander Dormer (1881-1948)

1948 Obituary [1]

"MANY of our readers will learn with deep regret of the death of Mr. H. A. Dormer, the chairman and managing director of The Sheffield Twist Drill and Steel Company, Ltd. which took place at the age of sixty-seven, at his home, "Chyngton Way", Seaford, Sussex, on Saturday last, April 17th.

Harry Alexander Dormer was born in 1881 at Aldburgh Hatch, Essex, and he received his education at Cooper's School, London. He served his apprenticeship with the Mirrlees Watson Company, Ltd., of Scotland Street, Glasgow, and on its completion he stayed on with the firm and became assistant to the works manager. About 1910 Mr. Dormer left Glasgow and came to London as a partner with the late Mr. Leslie Robertson in the firm of Engineering Supplies, Ltd., of 11, Victoria Street.

In addition to its work in connection with home and overseas trade in engineering supplies, the firm was at that time the agent for the Schmidt superheater, and Mr. Dormer was instrumental in introducing into this country the Schmidt locomotive superheater and carrying out the trials. During those years he was frequently in Germany, and took a great personal interest in the development of superheaters... Read more"

1949 Obituary [2]

"HARRY ALEXANDER DORMER was the chairman and managing director of the Sheffield Twist Drill and Steel Company, Ltd., and had been associated with that firm for over thirty years. He was educated at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College and served his apprenticeship from 1899 to 1905 with the Mirrlees Watson Company, Ltd., engineers, Glasgow, with whom he remained as outside inspector and general assistant to the manager for another year.

In 1906 he was appointed manager and later became a director of Messrs. Engineering Supplies, Ltd., railway contractors, Westminster. During the next six years he was closely concerned with the introduction of the Schmidt superheater for locomotives into this country.

Subsequently Engineering Supplies, Ltd., became owners of the Sheffield Twist Drill and Steel Co and also of Messrs. Dormer and Wadsworth, Ltd., mechanical engineers, London. He was responsible for the rebuilding of the former company's works, with extensions, at Sheffield, and became chairman of both concerns.

He was also a director of the Leach Electrical Engineering Company, Ltd., London, and became a Member of Lloyds in 1944. Mr. Dormer, whose death occurred on 17th April 1948 in his sixty-eighth year, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1929 and was transferred to Membership in 1937."

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