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Henry Folland (c1879-1926) of the Folland Group
"News was received in this country on Thursday of last week that the death had taken place in Egypt of Mr. Henry Folland, of Llwynderw, Blackpill, Swansea, who was a leading figure in the tin-plate industry of South Wales. Mr. Folland, who was forty-seven years of age, rose from very humble circumstances to the top of the tree. He first obtained employment at the Melyn Tinworks Neath and afterwards went to the Raven Tin-plate Works, Glanamman, where promotion came to him rapidly, and on the death of the manager he succeeded to that position, later joining the directorate of the undertaking. He subsequently became the joint purchaser of the Grovesend Works, and secured a controlling interest, in the firm. Other developments followed until he became the head of what was known as the "Folland Group," which included the Grovesend Works, the Gorseinon Works, the Amman, Raven, Dynevor, Cambria, Whitford, Hendy and other works.
Mr. Folland was also interested in colliery enterprises, and in 1920 he was concerned in one of the biggest transactions in the history of the South Wales steel and tin-plate trade, when the Folland Works were amalgamated with Richard Thomas and Co., of Swansea and Llanelly. He was Vice-president of the Welsh Tin-plate and South Wales Siemens Steel Associations.