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Henry Wardale Surtees

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Henry Wardale Surtees (c1845-1936), chief partner of the Parker Foundry Co

1936 Obituary [1]

HENRY WARDALE SURTEES was chief partner of the Parker Foundry Company, Derby, for many years.

He was born near Newcastle upon Tyne, and served his apprenticeship from 1860 to 1866 in the works of Messrs. Thompson and Boyd.

In 1868 he entered the Newcastle College of Physical Science and studied till 1872, after which he entered the locomotive works of Messrs. R. and W. Hawthorne, where he was made principal foreman in 1876.

Five years later he joined Messrs. Tangyes, Ltd., as assistant works manager at their Cornwall Works, Birmingham, and in 1887 he was appointed works manager to Messrs. Richard Hornsby and Sons, of Grantham. He was so engaged until 1892, when he became managing partner of the Parker Foundry Company, a position which he occupied until his retirement, after which he retained his connexion with the industry as secretary of the Derby District Engineering Employers' Federation.

Mr. Surtees devoted much of his time to municipal affairs during the latter part of his life, particularly in connexion with the Borough Free Library.

He was made a magistrate in 1919. His death took place in Derby on 17th August 1936, at the advanced age of 91.

He had been a Member of the Institution since 1899.

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