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Frank Mansfield

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Frank Mansfield (1878-1951)

1951 Obituary [1]

"FRANK MANSFIELD was the principal of Messrs. Frank Mansfield and Company, Birkenhead, general engineers, and had been associated with the firm for forty years.

He was born in 1878 and completed his education in the engineering department of the Manchester Municipal College of Technology. In 1893 he entered his father's firm, Messrs. Edwin Mansfield and Sons, Manchester, gas engineers, and after serving a five-year apprenticeship was employed as a draughtsman and assistant works manager, with the charge of the erection of gas apparatus and engines.

In 1898 he went to India, where he was engaged at the Madras engineering works of the firm on the installation of electric lighting for various Indian States and was also responsible for the erection of machinery and other engineering work generally. Two years later he was in Australia acting as manager of the engineering department of Messrs. Alexander Cowan and Sons, Ltd., Sydney and Melbourne. Subsequently he returned to England and took over the duties of principal of his father's firm in Liverpool.

In 1911 he took part in founding the business which bears his name, and he continued to be actively engaged in it up to the time of his death, which occurred on 16th February 1951. Mr. Mansfield's long association with the Institution dated back to 1897 when he was elected a Graduate. He was transferred to Associate Membership in 1904."

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