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Alfred Davenport

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Alfred Davenport (c1882-1944)

1945 Obituary [1]

ALFRED DAVENPORT received his technical education (which extended over a period of ten years, from 1895 to 1905), at the Salford, Manchester, and West Ham Technical Institutes, and. at University College, Nottingham. After serving his apprenticeship with Messrs. Nasmyth, Wilson and Company, Ltd., Manchester, from 1896 to 1902, he was employed for three years as fitter and erector by the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway.

From 1905 until 1911 he held brief appointments in the drawing offices of various engineering firms in the Midlands, including Messrs. Willans and Robinson, Ltd., of Rugby, where he held the position of senior draughtsman. He then became leading mechanical draughtsman to the Patent Shaft and Axletree Company, of Wednesbury, and six years later received an appointment as chief mechanical draughtsman to Messrs. F. H. Lloyd and Company, Ltd., of the same town, for whom he carried out the extension and development of the steel foundries, and in addition was responsible for the reorganization of the plant.

After acting as draughtsman and designer to the Horsley Engineering Company, Tipton, and as chief draughtsman to Messrs. W. Richards and Son, Leicester, he joined Messrs. Lodge-Cottrell, Ltd., of Birmingham, in 1927, and remained with that firm as designer until his death which occurred on 27th January 1944 in his sixty-second year. Mr. Davenport had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1918.

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