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Frank William Clark

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Frank William Clark (c1881-1927)

1927 Obituary [1]

FRANK WILLIAM CLARK commenced his engineering career as an apprentice in the fitting shop and drawing office of the Southend Gas Company in 1897 and was afterwards engaged for some years on constructional work at home and abroad.

In 1906 he was appointed engineer and technical representative for Messrs. Samuel Cutler and Sons of Milwall, and was responsible for the erection of engineering structures of all kinds in this country and in many Continental cities. Amongst other work, he removed from Vienna and reconstructed in Berlin the largest gasholder on the Continent.

Later he was engaged on administrative work for the same firm until in 1914 he was appointed engineer to Messrs. Gibbons Brothers of Dudley. He erected the National Projectile Factory at Dudley and constructed a great deal of specialized plant for the manufacture of munitions.

In collaboration with Dr. M. W. Travers, F.R.S., he designed and patented a new system of regenerative coal gasification, and at the time of his death on 26th September 1927 had nearly completed the construction of a water-gas plant for the Burnley Corporation.

Mr. Clark, who was only 46 years of age when he died, became an Associate Member of the Institution in 1909 and was transferred to Membership in 1916.

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