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Harry Davies (c1893-1951)

1950-51 Obituary [1]

Mr. Harry Davies, Technical Manager at the Landore Works, Swansea, of Imperial Chemical Industries, Ltd., Metals Division, since 1934, died on 9 April 1951, aged 58, after a long illness.

He was a native of Stourbridge, Worcestershire, and was educated at the King Edward VI Grammar School; on leaving school he was for four years an articled pupil to a Public Analyst, passing on to study metallurgy at Birmingham University (1911-15) where he gained a Bowen Research Scholarship.

In 1915 he became Metallurgist with the Dunlop Rubber Co., Ltd, Birmingham, and in 1917 a Research Metallurgist with the Rudge-Whitworth Co., Ltd., Coventry and Birmingham.

It was thus with a varied experience that he then entered the service of Elliott's Metal Co., Ltd., Selly Oak, in 1920 as Chemist and Metallurgist; this Company was eventually absorbed into Imperial Chemical Industries, Ltd., Metals Division.

Mr. Davies was intimately connected with general metallurgical affairs through the Institute (which he joined in 1916) and was from 1937 to 1939 and again from 1946 to 1948 Chairman of the South Wales Local Section. He was elected a Member of Council in 1950. He was a Vice-President of the Birmingham Metallurgical Society and a Fellow of the Institution of Metallurgists.

A specialist in metallography and an experienced teacher, Mr. Davies lectured on non-ferrous metals for some 18 years at the Technical College, Birmingham. He represented his Company in discussions in South Wales on technical education, and also in a similar capacity at a large symposium at Cardiff on Welsh resources in raw materials, power, and manpower. Harry Davies was deeply interested in human aspects of industrial problems and devoted himself over many years to works councils, works safety, and works benevolent efforts. He took a very active part in the works social clubs in Birmingham and Swansea, and was for many years Chairman of the Landore Works Social Club. Highly regarded as a colleague and friend, be had both in and out of the non-ferrous industry a wide circle of friends who appreciated his quiet, steady, confident, but unselfish character, and it may truly be said that he lived respected and died regretted by all his many friends. He leaves a widow and one son. G. H. ROGERS.

1951 Obituary [2]

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