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Sylvain Dreyfus

Born:
1867
Died:
23 Sivan 5677 (13 June 1917)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
DRE9217
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
1867
Place of birth:
France

Death

Date of death:
23 Sivan 5677 (13 June 1917)
Died in combat?:
No
Place of death:
Ashton-under-Lyne
Cause of death:
Munitions Works Explosion
Burial place:
Southern Cemetery, Manchester

Places

Addresses

Home before marriage to Gertrude:
331 Ashton New Road Prestwich (1901)
First married home:
34 Osborne Road Levenshulme (1911)
Family home:
Thorncliffe Villa Windmill Lane, Denton (1917)
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Inquest into the explosion at Ashton - reported in the Manchester Guardian 13th July 1917

"The subsequent witnesses described the outbreak of the fire at the works and the explosion. They agreed that shortly before 4 o'clock on the afternoon of June 13, fumes were seen rising from No.9 pan, in which T.N.T was being manufactured. Dr Dreyfus and others went to the pan, and steps were taken which caused the fumes to cease. Five minutes later the staging in front of the pan was seen to be alight. The flames soon reached the roof - which collapsed - and spread to an adjoining room, which contained forty kegs of T.N.T ready for consignment.
Ten or fifteen minutes afterwards the explosion occurred, and all the witnesses declared that they were thrown down. One lad of 17 said he was sent flying through the air (which was 'one sheet if flame') and dropped thirty yards away. A workman, who was painting one of the gas holders of the Ashton Gas Company, which are only 90 yards from the chemical works, stated that the holders did not explode. They were cracked by flying debris and the escaping gas was ignited, causing both holders to collapse."

Family

Spouse

Gertrude (female)
Place of marriage:
Manchester
Country of marriage:
England

Children

Charles (male)
Henry (male)

Homefront

Occupation:
Chemical Works Manager
What was the impact of this:
Sylvain Dreyfus was the Chief Chemist and co-founder of Hooley Hill Rubber and Chemical company in Ashton-under-Lyne. The factory had opened in 1915 and been contracted to produce TNT for the war effort.

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