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Frank Edward Whitehead

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Frank Edward Whitehead (c1902-1934)

1934 Obituary [1]

FRANK EDWARD WHITEHEAD was engineer to the Power Petroleum Company, Ltd., having joined the firm in 1931.

He was born in Warsaw, but came to England and received his technical education at University College, Nottingham, graduating in 1926.

In 1918 he was apprenticed to Messrs. Clayton and Shuttleworth, Ltd., of Lincoln, but after eighteen months he joined Messrs. John Jardine, Ltd., of Basford, Nottingham.

He left in 1923 to complete his apprenticeship with Messrs. Stevens and Williamson, Ltd.

In 1926 he was appointed assistant engineer to the Corporation of Nottingham, and entered the Trent Navigation Department, where he took charge of the construction of weirs and the maintenance of steam dredgers and cranes.

He was then engaged for a year as engineer to the [Medway Oil and Storage Co|Medway Oil and Storage Company, Ltd.]], for whom he was responsible for the construction of a large depot for petrol storage at Wakefield, and he also designed and supervised the erection at Charlton of a steel-framed building with a capacity of 100,000 cu. ft.

In 1929 he joined the Caribbean Petroleum Company, Ltd., as assistant engineer, and carried out surveys in Venezuela, remaining there until his appointment with the Power Petroleum Company.

Mr. Whitehead died on 6th July 1934, at the early age of 32.

He was elected a Student of the Institution in 1925, and was transferred to Graduateship later in the same year, and to Associate Membership in 1930.

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