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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Alfred William Connolly

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Alfred William Connolly (1877-1949)


1950 Obituary [1]

"ALFRED WILLIAM CONNOLLY, O.B.E., spent the greater part of his professional career in India, where for thirty years he was in the service of the Indian Ordnance Department.

He was born in 1877, and served his apprenticeship with the Henry Rifle Barrel and Small Arms Company, from 1892 to 1896. After a brief experience as an improver to the Thomas Sewing Machine Co and as toolmaker in charge of small fitting shops for Messrs. Edison and Swan, Ltd., London, electrical engineers, he was employed from 1901 to 1904 on the production of tools, gauges, and fixings at the Royal Small Arms Factory, Enfield.

He then proceeded to India and began a connection with the Government Rifle Factory at Ishapore, Bengal, which lasted until his retirement in 1934. During this long period he successively filled the positions of foreman, manager, extra assistant superintendent, and finally works manager. On the eve of his retirement Mr. Connolly was the recipient of a farewell address of appreciation from the Indian employees of the factory, in the course of which reference was made in the warmest terms to his efforts on their behalf as regards their health, and to his keen interest in establishing a technical school for the younger members of the Indian personnel. Mr. Connolly, whose death occurred at Nilgiris, Southern India, on 11th December 1949, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1919."


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