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Roland Blyth Heys

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Roland Blyth Heys (1876-1950)

1951 Obituary [1]

"ROLAND BLYTH HEYS was associated with the paper making industry for nearly the whole of his professional career. He served his apprenticeship in the shops and drawing office of Messrs. J. B. White and Brothers (later the Associated Portland Cement Company, Ltd.), Swancombe, Kent, from 1894 to 1900, concurrently attending classes at the Gravesend Technical Institute. He was then appointed resident engineer to the Associated Portland Cement Co for whom he was engaged on extensions and electrification of various works until 1908, when he found his next employment as assistant engineer on the design and construction of the Empire Paper Mill at Greenhithe. On the completion of the mill he continued to act in the same capacity and was subsequently promoted to be chief engineer. After a brief engagement as chief engineer to Messrs. G. H. Hedley, Ltd., Box Board Works, Loudwater, Bucks, he went to Bristol in 1918 to take up his final appointment as chief engineer at the St. Anne's Board Mill of the Imperial Tobacco Company, Ltd. His duties in this respect also entailed acting in an advisory capacity to other mills owned by the company. Mr. Heys, whose death occurred on 29th March 1950 in his seventy-fourth year, was elected a Member of the Institution in 1925."

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