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William Davies (1836-1897)

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William Davies (1836-1897) of John Brown and Co

1897 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM DAVIES died at Sheffield on July 14, 1897. Born at Merthyr-Tydvil in 1836, he learnt the business of draughtsman and pattern-maker at the Ebbw Vale Works, where his father was employed as forge manager.

On leaving the Ebbw Vale Works in 1862, his father became forge manager of the Millwall Works of Messrs. Hughes, and in 1864 Mr. Davies was appointed assistant manager, and on the death of his father he was appointed manager.

After serving for a short time as manager of the Coatbridge Works of Messrs. Jackson, he became in 1871 connected with the firm of John Brown & Co., where he was identified with all the various changes in armour-plates during the past twenty-five years. He was obliged, in consequence of failing health, to retire from business, and his valuable services to the company were recognised by a substantial pension.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel. Institute in 1889.

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