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William Evans (1843-1915)

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William Evans (1843-1915) of GKN

1897 General manager of Cyfarthfa Ironworks

Father of John Evans

1915 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM EVANS, Vice-President of the Iron and Steel Institute, died, after a short illness of two days' duration, at his residence at Merthyr on February 12, 1915, at the age of seventy-two, having been born at Abergwesyn, Brecknockshire, in 1843.

At an early age he commenced work at the Dowlais Ironworks, where he became furnace manager at the age of twenty-eight.

He subsequently occupied a similar position at the works of the Rhymney Company, Limited, at Cardiff, and was for a short time works manager of the Erimus Works at Stockton-on-Tees.

Returning to South Wales, he was appointed General Manager of the Cyfarthfa Iron and Steel Works and Collieries, in which capacity he remained with the firm until its amalgamation with Messrs. Guest, Keen & Nettlefolds, when he became general manager of all the works and collieries of that company in. South Wales. He displayed keen interest in the South Wales coal trade, was a constant attendant of the meetings of the Conciliation Board, and was for some time chairman of the Monmouthshire and South Wales Coal Owners' Association.

He was a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1882, and a Member of Council in 1894. He was elected a Vice-President of the Institute in 1910.

1915 Obituary [2]

WILLIAM EVANS, born near Llantwych, Brecon, on the 31st August, 1843, died at Merthyr Tydfil on the 12th February, 1915.

After gaining practical experience at the Dowlais Ironworks, he took charge of the blast-furnaces and steel-making plant at Rhymney Ironworks, and subsequently became Manager of the Erimus Steelworks, Stockton-on-Tees, and General Manager of the Cyfarthfa Iron and Steel Works.

On the amalgamation of the Dowlais, Cardiff and Cyfarthfa undertakings with Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds, Mr. Evans was appointed General Manager of these works and collieries, and held this position until his death. December, 1890.

Mr. Evans was elected a Member of the Institution on 2nd December, 1890.

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