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William Walter Franklin

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William Walter Franklin (c1902-1959) of Davy and United Engineering Co

1958 Obituary [1]

THE death occurred at Ashford-in-the-Water, Derbyshire, on December 18, of Mr. William Waiter Franklin, technical director of Davy and United Engineering Company, Ltd. He was fifty-seven.

Mr. Franklin served his apprenticeship with Davy-United and, apart from service in the Royal Navy during the first world war, spent his entire career with the company.

In 1931 he took charge of the estimating drawing-office, later becoming rolling mill department manager and proposal manager.

In July, 1947, Mr. Franklin became chief engineer of the company and in 1951 was appointed to the board as technical director.

Mr. Franklin's reputation as a rolling mill engineer was firmly established, particularly in the field of section rolling. A great many of the new plants installed in Britain under the steel industry's postwar development schemes were engineered under his direct personal supervision.

As well as being a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Mr. Franklin was a member of the Iron and Steel Institute the Institute of Metals, the Association of Iron and Steel Engineers of America, the Rolling Mill Plant Committee of the British Iron and Steel Research Association, and the Sheffield Society of Engineers and Metallurgists.

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