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Stanley Ralph Patterson

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Stanley Ralph Patterson (c1884-1935) of GKN and later of British (Guest Keen, Baldwins) Iron and Steel Co

1935 Obituary [1]

STANLEY R. PATTERSON died at his home in Porthcawl on. February 23, 1935, at the age of fifty-one.

He started his professional career in May, 1897, when he joined the staff of Messrs. Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds, Ltd., as assistant to his father, the then chief engineer, whom he succeeded in 1918.

When, about 1930, it was decided to close down the steel side of the works in Cardiff, he was moved to Port Talbot as chief engineer of the combined works of the British (Guest, Keen, Baldwins) Iron and Steel Co., Ltd., at Port Talbot and Cardiff, and he took in hand the important reconstruction work which has taken place at Port Talbot, culminating in one of the most modern installations in Great Britain for the storage and use of blast-furnace and coke-oven gases in furnaces of all descriptions. He was also engaged on the preparation of the layout of an entirely new works to be built at Cardiff, and in the early part of 1934 it was decided to proceed with the new plant, a decision which necessitated the dismantling of the whole of the old plant at Cardiff. It is unfortunate that Mr. Patterson did not live to see the starting-up of the new works, the building of which had been his life's ambition and in the designing of which he had played so important a part.

He had joined the Iron and Steel Institute in 1919.

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