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Frank Thornton Webster

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Frank Thornton Webster (1875-1911)

1911 Obituary [1]

FRANK THORNTON WEBSTER was born at Sheffield on 22nd September 1875.

He was educated at private schools in Sheffield. and later at the Sheffield Royal Grammar School.

He served an apprenticeship of six years, 1890-96, at the works of Messrs. T. Firth and Sons, Sheffield, and, after being in the drawing office for several years, he specialized on the designing of projectiles, mostly of the armour-piercing type. He also carried out much useful work on hydraulics, both for large forging presses and also presses for drawing shell.

During the latter part of his time he made a special study of the Harmet process of compressing steel, and he was engaged on this special work at the time of his death, which took place in Sheffield on 18th January 1911, at the age of thirty-five.

He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1906.

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