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Alfred Stanley Ford

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Alfred Stanley Ford (c1900-1940)

1942 Obituary [1]

ALFRED STANLEY FORD, held the position of fuel engineer to Messrs. Richard Thomas and Company, at the firm's iron, steel, and tinplate works, Ebbw Vale. He was a native of Newton, Derbyshire, and after completing his general education in 1916 he entered the works of the Rother Vale Branch of the United Steel Company as an improver under a scheme established by the University of Sheffield, where he also studied mechanical, electrical, and mining engineering.

In 1922 he became an assistant engineer at Thurcroft Main Colliery, where he carried out numerous tests on the fuel and feed water consumption of boilers, compressed air plant, etc. Three years later he joined the Feed Water Specialists Company, of Liverpool, as sales engineer, and was chiefly concerned with chemical processes for the treatment of boiler water, and with detergents for various trades. He was appointed efficiency engineer at the collieries, coke ovens, and brick works of Messrs. Dorman, Long and Company in 1928, and remained with the firm in that capacity until 1936. He then entered the electrical section of the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, as a technical assistant, where he was engaged until taking up his appointment with Messrs. Richard Thomas in 1938. In addition to his work in the various positions mentioned above, Mr. Ford had considerable experience as a teacher of engineering subjects in evening classes at Bishop Auckland Grammar School.

His death occurred at Ebbw Vale, in his fortieth year, on 23rd October 1940. He had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1932.

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