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Walter Paul Frederick Fanghanel

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Walter Paul Frederick Fanghaenel (1888-1955) of P. Fanghanel and Co

1888 Born in Acton, son of Paul Gustav Adolf Fanghänel, produce merchant.

1905-10 Apprentice with Midland Railway at Kentish Town and Derby

1907 Graduate member of I Mech E

1911 Graduated BSc Eng at London University

1911 Joined Royal Arsenal, initially as supervisor in the Locomotive and Electrical sections

1915 Elected Associate member of Inst Civil Eng

1917 Shop manager, electrical section, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, became an Associate member of the I Mech E

1919 Lived in Greenwich[1]

1919 Married Evelyn Ida Gernon in Hackney[2]

1926 Living in Acton

1935 Member of I Mech E

1955 Died

1956 Obituary [3]

Walter Paul Frederick Fanghanel, B.Sc. (Eng.) (Lond.), was elected a Graduate of the Institution in 1907, transferred to Associate Member in 1917, and to Member in 1935. He served at one time as Chairman of the London Graduates' Section, and from 1924 to 1928 as a Member of Council. He was also an Associate Member of both the Institutions of Civil and Electrical Engineers.

In 1940 he presented the Award 'Engineering applied to Agriculture', to the Institution, in memory of his son, Paul Robert Fanghanel.

He gained his education at St. Paul's School and Sheffield University, and graduated B.Sc. in Engineering. He served an apprenticeship of five years in the locomotive works, Midland Railway, London and Derby, under Sir Henry Fowler.

Subsequently, he joined the staff of the Chief Mechanical Engineer at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, and later was Works Manager in the Mechanical Engineering Department from 1914 to 1922, when he resigned.

The following year he became a Director of P. Fanghanel and Co., Ltd., Fenchurch Street, London; in 1926 he was appointed Managing Director, and eventually Chairman.

His death occurred in his sixty-seventh year on 15th November 1955.

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