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Frederick Edward Cherry

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Frederick Edward Cherry (c1887-1946)

1947 Obituary [1]

"FREDERICK EDWARD CHERRY specialized in the manufacture of well-drilling equipment, and in the course of his career had travelled extensively amongst the oil fields of the world, gaining practical experience as a field engineer. On completing his education at schools in England, he studied under a private tutor at Antwerp, where he also attended the works of the Atlas Marine Engineering Co.

In 1910 he became a pupil of Mr. R. E. Way, mining engineer, of Maikop, South Russia, and on the expiration of his pupilage, two years later, found his first employment as a field engineer to the Taman Peninsula Oil Syndicate. This was followed by the post of superintendent engineer to the Trinidad United Oilfields, Ltd. In 1920 he joined the staff of the British Sinai Petroleum Co, for whom he was engaged in the same capacity, his services also being claimed by the Eastern Petroleum and Finance Company, Ltd., as consulting petroleum engineer.

After purchasing plant and engaging staff on behalf of the Colombian Oilfields Company, Ltd., he returned to England in 1924, and became technical engineer in the oil-well department of Messrs. Vickers-Armstrongs, Ltd., Westminster, and as such was responsible for the design of the firm's well-boring machinery. In addition he acted in an advisory capacity for several important engineering concerns, including the Sheffield Naval Construction Works and designed, in 1926, well-drilling apparatus for the R.E. Board of the War Office. Seven years later he received the joint appointments of director and consultant to Messrs. Le Grand, Sutcliff, and Gell, Ltd., well-boring engineers, of Southall, Middlesex. Since 1931 he had been managing director at the London office of the English Drilling Equipment Company, Ltd. Mr. Cherry, whose death occurred in November 1946 in his fifty-ninth year, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1929."

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