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Frank William Spencer

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Captain Frank William Spencer ( -1954)

1954 Obituary [1]

WE have learned with regret of the death of Captain Frank William Spencer, which occurred at Phillack, Hayle, Cornwall, on August 22nd, after a long illness.

Captain Spencer was born at Coventry and received his general education at King Henry VIII Grammar School in that city. He served an apprenticeship with Brett's Patent Lifter Company, Ltd., Coventry, and subsequently held positions in the works of J. Hands and Co., Ltd., Birmingham; Nelsons, Ltd., Stockton-on-Tees, and Edgar Allen and Co., Ltd., Sheffield, where he was in charge of the erection of cement manufacturing plant.

In 1911, Captain Spencer went to the U.S.A. as an engineer-demonstrator for the Sturtevant Company, but he returned to this country upon the outbreak of the first world war, throughout which he served overseas in the South Midland Royal Field Artillery.

After the war, Captain Spencer joined the staff of the B.S.A. group, on whose behalf he pent some years in Germany and the U.S.A.

Upon his return to this country he was for a time production manager of Holman Brothers, Ltd., Camborne, and later works manager for Thomas Smith and Sons, of Saltley, Ltd.

In recent years, Captain Spencer had lived in Cornwall, and had served successively as honorary secretary and president of the Cornwall branch of the Institution of Production Engineers. He was a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and, over a long period, was also actively concerned with the work of the Association of Drop Forgers and Stampers.

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