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Horatio William Lash

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Horatio William Lash (1860-1938)


1938 Obituary [1]

HORATIO WILLIAM LASH had a long connection with Messrs. Thos. W. Ward, Ltd., of which firm he was a director. He was born in 1860 and served his apprenticeship for five years in the Rochester works of Messrs. Aveling and Porter, and obtained his technical education at the Science Schools, Rochester, where he studied with great distinction. After further studies in advanced mathematics and draughtsmanship he went to the United States, and was employed for a year in the electrical department of the Morgan Engineering Works, at Alliance, Ohio.

He returned to England in 1893 and shortly afterwards joined Messrs. Thos. W. Ward, Ltd. as manager of the engineering department at the Albion Works, Sheffield. In 1899 he was appointed engineer and manager of the machinery department, and travelled widely on the Continent and in the United States, in the firm's interests. He did much to build up the firm's machinery business. He was made a director of the firm in 1906, and until 1923 was works manager and mechanical engineer at the firm's headquarters in Sheffield. Subsequently he took charge of the company's business in the London district. After the death of Mr. Thomas W. Ward in 1926, Mr. Lash resigned his directorship. During his retirement he lived at Letchworth, Herts, where his death occurred on 14th July 1938.

He was elected an Associate Member in 1899 and was transferred to Membership in 1903.


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