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Frank Sumner

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Frank Sumner (1865-1914)

1915 Obituary [1]

FRANK SUMNER, Engineer to the Corporation of the City of London, died on the 23rd December, 1914.

Born in 1863, he served his engineering apprenticeship to Mr. S. G. Gamble, then Borough Surveyor of Grantham, and also studied architecture.

Between 1885 and 1892 he served successively on the surveyor's staff; of the Kettering and Willesden local authorities, and in the latter year was appointed Engineer and Surveyor of Bermondsey.

In 1899 he became Surveyor to the Plumstead Vestry and afterwards Engineer to the metropolitan borough of Woolwich. Here he was responsible for electric light and destructor installations, libraries, baths, and many other public works and buildings.

In 1905 he was appointed Engineer to the City Corporation, which office he served until his death. He inaugurated central lighting of the City streets and was largely responsible for the Fleet Street widening scheme.

Mr. Sumner was elected an Associate Member of The Institution on the 6th December, 1892, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 29th March, 1904.

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