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Ferdinand Richards

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Ferdinand Richards (1887- )

1922 M.I.Mech.E., Works Engineer, Baldwins Port Talbot Steel Works, 10, Victoria Road, Aberavon, Port Talbot. b. 1887; s. of late Rev. Henry Richards, Baptist minister, Merthyr; m. d. of V. A. Wills, J.P., Merthyr Tydvil. Ed. Merthyr County School and Swansea Technical School. Engineering training received at Engineering and Locomotive Shops and Drawing Offices of Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds, Ltd. Held Drawing Office appointments in the Midlands with Hollings and Guest, hydraulic engineers, and Cadbury's, Bournville. In 1911 accepted the position of Engineer to the North Wales Mining Syndicate, leaving them in 1913 to take up the appointment of Chief Draughtsman to Baldwin's Port Talbot Steel Works, where he was engaged upon the design and construction of their Modern Steel Works at Port Talbot, eventually becoming Works Engineer at the Port Talbot Steel Works. Member of the South Wales Institute of Engineers. War Services.—Engaged upon the design and construction of new steel works plant for the production of shell steel, ship's plates, etc., for Baldwin' s Port Talbot Steel Works Co., Ltd.

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