Walter John Joseph Franks died on October 25th, 1945, at the age of 75.

His whole career was with the firm of Messrs. D.C. Griffith & Co., assayers to the Bank of England, metallurgists and analytical and consulting chemists, which he joined in 1887. At that time the business was mainly concerned with the assaying of gold and silver bullion, but later he was partly responsible for the development of the ore and base metal side of the business, and in his capacity of technical manager did much to expand his company’s activities. At his death he had been associated with the firm for 58 years.

He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1913.

Vol. 55, Trans IMM 1945-46, p.566

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