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Frederick Pool Harris

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Frederick Pool Harris (1882-1951)

1952 Obituary [1]

"FREDERICK POOL HARRIS spent most of his career as an electrical and mechanical engineer in the Malay States. He was born in 1882 and received his technical training at Nottingham University College and the City and Guilds Institute, Finsbury. After serving an apprenticeship with the Brush Electrical Engineering Company, Ltd., from 1897 to 1903, he had a year's experience as fourth engineer in SS Hindoo of the Wilson Steamship Co. He was then junior draughtsman with Crompton and Company, Ltd., electrical engineers, before proceeding, in 1907, to the Malay States, where he found employment as assistant electrical engineer with Riley Hargreaves and Company, Ltd., Singapore. He returned to Great Britain in 1910 and was engaged as assistant estimating engineer (electrical) by Mather and Platt, Ltd., Manchester, but in the following year he was once more in the Malay States on taking up the appointment of engineer and manager of the Kuala Lumpur Engineering Works. Four years later he became the founder of the engineering department of Paterson, Simons and Company, Ltd., Kuala Lumpur. Later he joined the board of directors and remained with that firm until the end of his active career. He had had fifteen years' service in H.M. Forces in the Leicestershire Yeomanry and subsequently in Malaya with the electrical engineering volunteers and the Malay States Volunteer Rifles. Mr. Harris, whose death occurred in London in August 1951, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1920. He was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers."

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