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Ernest Griffiths

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Ernest Griffiths (1870-1948)

1949 Obituary [1]

"ERNEST GRIFFITHS, who was well known as a prominent consultant in the North of England, was the founder and senior partner of Messrs. Ernest Griffiths and Son, consulting mechanical and heating engineers, of Bromborough, Cheshire.

He was born in 1870 and after some preliminary technical training at Pontypool, Middlesbrough Technical College, and the Midland Institute, Birmingham, studied at the City and Guilds of London Institute, where he gained first-class honours and was awarded a silver medal and the Ironmongers Prize in 1894. On the completion of a five years' apprenticeship at the steel and engineering works of Messrs. Wright and Butler, Ltd., in 1890, he held short appointments with various engineering firms, including Messrs. Nettlefolds, Ltd., at Newport, Monmouth shire, where he was in charge of the drawing office, and engaged on the remodelling of the steel works and rolling mill plant.

In 1896 he became director and joint manager of Messrs. Dargue Griffiths and Company, Ltd., heating and ventilating engineers, of Liverpool, Manchester, and London. During the war of 1914-18 the firm carried out, under his direction, many extensive contracts for the War Office and Ministry of Munitions. After an association of eighteen years he resigned office and entered into practice as a consultant at Bromborough. The activities of his business included the execution of many import ant schemes for the larger public authorities in the North of England and Wales; the advice of his firm being extensively sought by county councils and many of the largest corporations, as well as by joint boards and voluntary hospitals, on a variety of projects ranging from heating and refrigeration to electric lighting and power installation. Mr. Griffiths, who had been a member of the Institution since 1912, died on 6th June 1948."

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