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Walter Heap

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Walter Heap (1854-1930)

1854 Born in Ashton under Lyne, son of Joshua Heap and his wife Hannah[1]


1930 Obituary [2]

WALTER HEAP, who died on 27th July 1930 at the age of 76, was apprenticed with his father, the late Mr. Joshua Heap, engineers' tool-maker of Ashton-under-Lyne.

In 1884 he was made chief foreman at the works of Messrs. Easterbrook and Allcard of Sheffield and he was subsequently for three years foreman at Messrs. Beyer, Peacock and Company's.

In 1888 he took charge of the automatic fire sprinkler department of Messrs. John Hetherington and Sons, Manchester, and after a further short period as leading draughtsman at the Horwich Works of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, he was from 1889 to 1897 assistant to the works manager of Messrs. Linotype and Machinery, Manchester.

For the following nine years he was chief engineering assistant to Mr. E. T. Whitelow of Southport and in 1907 he went to China to supervise the erection of plant for the manufacture of munitions at Kiangpan Arsenal.

During the War he was engaged on the design of munitions apparatus and on its conclusion became an engineers' merchant.

After two years with Mr. J. A. Brodie, then City Engineer of Liverpool, on mechanical engineering work, Mr. Heap was appointed technical engineer to the Shaw Infinitely Variable Gear Company and was a joint patentee in connexion with the firm's designs. He still held this position at the time of his death.

1918 Patented ships' davits. [3]

1918 of 25 Rocky Lane, Liverpool. [4]

He became an Associate Member of the Institution in 1928.




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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. 1930 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries
  3. The Engineer 1919/03/07
  4. The Engineer 1919/03/07