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William Hanneford-Smith

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William Hanneford-Smith (c1878-1954), director of B. T. Batsford and editor of Kempe's Engineers Year Book


1954 Obituary [1]

WE regret to have to record the death of Mr. William Hanneford-Smith, which occurred, after a short illness, on May 7th, at 6, Lennox Avenue, Gravesend.

Mr. Hanneford-Srnith, who was seventy-six, studied in his youth for an engineering career, but subsequently decided to enter the book publishing business. He spent by far the greater part of his long working life with the firm of B. T. Batsford, Ltd., of which he was a director, having retired only recently from active participation in the management of the firm.

Mr. Hanneford-Smith was well known to many engineers, however, as editor for many years of Kempe's Engineer's Year-Book. His father, the late Francis Smith, collaborated with H. R. Kempe in the establishment of the Year-Book in 1894.

William Hanneford-Smith was appointed editor in 1907, a position which he retained, in addition to his work with B. T. Batsford, Ltd., until 1929, when Kempe's Engineer's Year-Book was acquired by Morgan Brothers (Publishers), Ltd., the proprietors of THE ENGINEER.

Our friendship with Mr. Hanneford-Smith was a long and at all times cordial one. We, in company with many others in engineering and publishing spheres, remember him with esteem.


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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1954/05/14