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Richard Charles Francis Annett

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Richard Charles Francis Annett (c1840-1911)

1912 Obituary [1]

R. C. F. ANNETT, who had formerly held the office of Honorary Secretary of the Society for 15 years, died at Liverpool on 10th October, 1911, in his 72nd year.

During the construction of the Vyrnwy Waterworks Mr. Annett was managing clerk, and as such had charge of all the expenditure connected with the numerous contracts which had to be entered into. This appointment he held until 1892 when he was appointed Chief Clerk in the Water Department of the City of Liverpool.

In his capacity as Honorary Secretary of the Society Mr. Annett rendered invaluable service, and his devotion to the work of the Society could not well have been surpassed. The fact that during the time that he was Honorary Secretary the Society increased, enormously in numbers and prestige, until at the time of his retirement in 1907 its strength was 516 of all grades, was a striking tribute to his work.

On the occasion of his retirement Mr. Annett was elected an Honorary Life Associate of the Society, and the esteem in which he was held was further shown by the extensive support given throughout the Society to a presentation made to Mrs. Annett and himself on behalf of the members. On that occasion numerous Past Presidents of the Society expressed their great appreciation of his work not only in the routine of his duties as Honorary Secretary and in editing the Transactions, but also in his organisation of the various visits paid by the Society to engineering works and in his efforts to promote the spirit of good fellowship which existed in the Society. The very large attendance of Past Presidents, Officers and Members of the Council at his funeral bore testimony to the great regard in which Mr. Annett was held by the members of the Society.

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