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Frederic William Leevers

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Frederick William Leevers (1881-1942)

1943 Obituary [1]

FREDERIC WILLIAM LEEVERS was born in 1881 and after receiving his technical education at the Liverpool, Bootle and Oldham Technical Schools, served his apprenticeship with Messrs. James Buchanan and Son at their Caledonia Engine Works from 1896 to 1900. He then held various positions in the works of Messrs. Ogden's, Ltd., Messrs. Ferranti, of Hollinwood, and in the service of the Mosley (sic) and Dukinfield Tramways and Electricity Board.

In 1903 he became an assistant engineer on the staff of the British Westinghouse Company and two years later secured the appointment of engineer and assistant purchasing agent for Messrs. J. G. White and Company, London, manufacturers of tramway equipment. In 1909 he went to Japan, where until 1914 he occupied the position of technical adviser to the Yonei Shoten Company of Tokio, with responsibility for the installation of machinery. On his return to England he joined the British Thomson Houston Company, taking charge of various contracts, but in 1916 he was appointed purchasing agent for the Associated Equipment Company, in which capacity he displayed much organizing ability. He held this position until 1919 when he returned to the British Thomson-Houston Company as manager in charge of railway electrical contracts.

He remained with that firm for eleven years and then joined Messrs. Edison and Swan, Ltd., as their purchasing agent and stock controller. His final position, which he had occupied since 1935, was that of director and manager of Messrs. Harcourt, Ltd., makers of electrical equipment. Mr. Leevers was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1909. His death occurred in April 1942.

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