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Harry Lowndes

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Harry Lowndes (c1875-1943) of United Wire Works

1943 Obituary [1]

The death took place at Barnt Green, Worcestershire, on April 5, 1943, of Mr. Harry Lowndes. He was 68.

A native of Cheadle, North Staffordshire, Mr. Lowndes had spent his whole life in the non-ferrous metal industry, having entered the service of Messrs. Thomas Bolton and Sons, Ltd., as a boy. Later in life he introduced many improvements in wire-drawing machinery and in processes of metal treatment.

In 1916 he laid down a mill for the production of brass and phosphor-bronze wire and rod for the United Wire Works, Ltd., Birmingham, and when that firm was reconstructed, under the title of United Wire Works (Birmingham), Ltd., in 1922, Mr. Lowndes was made Managing Director. Under his able guidance the firm prospered and was repeatedly expanded. He also played an important part in several of the Birmingham trade organizations. Mr. Lowndes, who had been in failing health for some time, died within a few days of his retirement date.

He had been a member of the Institute of Metals since 1917.

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