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Francis Richard Wade (1875-1927)

Formed Dalton and Wade

Formed Wade and Jones


1927 Obituary [1]

FRANCIS RICHARD WADE, O.B.E., was born in 1875 and received his technical education at Nottingham University.

He was a pupil with Messrs. Clench and Company of Chesterfield from 1894 to 1895, and remained with the firm as engine tester and afterwards as assistant works engineer.

He spent some time in the Derbyshire coal mines and in 1897 he joined Messrs. Willans and Robinson.

In 1898 he joined Messrs. Wilson and Pilcher of Westminster as a draughtsman. He was appointed assistant manager the following year, and held this position until 1901.

In 1902 he commenced to practise as a consulting engineer in Birmingham.

During the War he was at Woolwich Arsenal where he was appointed in charge of about fifty officers and 15,000 examiners on fuze inspection in England, Scotland, France, and Switzerland. In addition to inspection he advised firms on the rearrangement of plant.

He subsequently resumed his consulting practice in London until his death on 14th December 1927.

He became a Graduate of the Institution in 1897, an Associate Member in 1902, and a Member in 1919.


1927/28 Obituary [2]

Francis Richard Wade was born in 1874 and received his technical education at Nottingham University College. After serving his time as a pupil with Clench and Co, Chesterfield, he was appointed Works Engineer in the same firm.

He subsequently occupied executive positions with various well-known firms, including that of Works Superintendent of Wolseley and in 1905 started as a Consulting Engineer in Birmingham and London.

He was responsible for a considerable number of inventions in connection with oil and steam engines. He died in December, 1927.

He was elected a Member of the Institution of Automobile Engineers in 1919.


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