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William Donnan

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William Donnan ( -1934) of Lightalloys

1934 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM DONNAN died in London on October 20, 1933.

He began his career by serving for nine years with Doxford's at Sunderland, first as an apprentice and later as a journeyman. From there he went to William Mills, Ltd., where he held the position of foreman moulder for seven years, in the days when aluminium was first coming into general use and prominence.

From 1906 to 1920 he was head foreman moulder and in charge of the non-ferrous foundry at Sir W. G. Armstrong-Whitworth & Co., Ltd.

During the period 1920-1922 he was with the (former) Fulham Bronze Company.

In 1922 Mr. Donnan became foundry superintendent at Messrs. Lightalloys, Ltd., which position he held until his death. Although he held no academic degree, Mr. Dorman was recognized as one having a first-class technical and practical knowledge of foundry working and practice.

He was elected a member of the Institute of Metals on November 7, 1929.

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