|Ernest Boschi was born at FRAIZE (Vosges) in
France, on the 5th June, 1903.
He joined the company on
the 12th November, 1920 bringing with him all the
ambition and energy of youth - determined to work
hard to enhance his career and to promote the
success of Mather & Platt in France - to
which end he eventually devoted his whole working
Boschi was recruited in 1920, Loris Emerson
Mather was Chairman of Mather & Platt Ltd. in
Manchester, whilst Sydney Potter was M&P's
General Agent in France. In 1921, however, the
new French company S.A. Mather & Platt was
formed with Sir John Wormald becoming its first
Chairman and Sydney Potter the Managing Director.
Like so many
others of this era, Ernest Boschi served an
apprenticeship - in his case, as a pipe fitter.
He served with field construction units and in
many other capacities both in the Fire Protection
and Sprinkler sections of Mather & Platt.
After that he was sent to North Africa to take up
a post of responsibility wherin he had to develop
and install fire protection sprinkler systems,
principally for the flour milling industry.
returned to Metropolitan France to take
up new responsibilities within the
company, becoming involved in a variety
of industrial departments - still working
on sprinkler systems and concentrating on
development and installation. He worked
his way up through the company until, in
1931, he was appointed Manager (by Sydney
D. Potter, the company General Manager)
taking over from Robert
Hilton who had been
the Manager since 1925 at the company's
factory at Roubaix.
Manager, his first goal was to modernise the
factory and to equip it with new technologies
capable of producing the necessary up-to-date
plant for the installation of sprinkler systems -
pipes, valves, pressure tanks, sprinkler-heads,
coupling joints, hangers, hydrants - as well as
maintenance supplies for this fire protection
equipment. He also concerned himself with the
improvement of working conditions and conditions
of service within the factory itself.
After the end of the Second World War,
in 1946, he launched the company into the
manufacture of sprinkler heads - developing in
close co-operation with Alfred Hudson (an English
engineer from Mather & Platt - Manchester)
the Fidex sprinkler model which had been
made in England under the name of Titan,
by J H Lynde and George Mills of Radcliffe.
Writing in 1923,
Sir John Wormald, Chairman of S.A. Mather &
Platt, France stated, "The
"Simplex" Sprinkler had been superceded
by the Grinnell when Dowson & Taylor joined
forces with Mather & Platt early in 1888, but
the "Witter" and the "Titan"
Sprinklers, in considerably modified forms
remained on the market with other devices of
later date." Once production of the Fidex
had started in France, "Grinnell"
sprinkler heads were no longer imported from
Manchester. The Fidex sprinkler model was made
exclusively in Roubaix.
1947 Ernest Boschi set in motion an upgrade of
factory buildings whilst also developing new
production lines for the prefabrication of pipes
and couplings for sprinkler installations. In
1948 he also equipped the factory for the
production of armoured fire-doors.
Boschi continued to serve as Manager and brought
to the company the positive qualities of a self
made-man. He had a hard-headed business sense, a
determination to get the best out of himself and
those about him and he was possessed of a great
energy. He communicated his enthusiasm to his
team, his family and to many others so that in
his time he became a central figure.
Boschi - Manager, Roubaix
His genius for organisation and
his driving force inspired the confidence
and support of his two serving Chairmen, Herbert
North and, later, Mr.
He was still employed by Mather
& Platt when he died at the early age
of 61 on the 24th June 1964 after a
lengthy and debilitating illness.
The eldest of his family - four
of his brothers also worked at the
company - his private life was
characterized by simple tastes coupled
with the same rich appreciation of the
values that marked his business career.
He was devoted to his parents,
to his siblings and to his wife and son.
Mather & Platt - France
Boschi's Introduction Page
A tradition in
the north of France
the 1st. December each year at Park Works,
Roubaix, a fête was held in honour of St. Éloi,
the patron saint of the Iron Workers Corporation.
Every year, the Chairman of M+P (France) and all
the employees of the company were invited by
Ernest Boschi to a special luncheon.
the occasion when these pictures were taken,
(1952) Ernest Boschi (right) received the gold medal
for 30+ years service at M+P - as pictured above
- and the medal was presented by Herbert
North, (centre) Président - Directeur
- Général. Lucien Woindrich (left) gave the speech
reporting on Ernest Boschi's career.
image - right to left) Ernest
Boschi, General Manager of Park
Général of M+P S.A.,
Zanussi, Secretaire de Direction
and Lucien Woindrich, Administrateur de la S.A. Mather
& Platt, Directeur de la division
Sprinkler. Fire Engineering.
Lucien Woindrich - 50
Years Service to M&P France
Lucien Woindrich was born in
1901,at Héricourt (Haute-Saône) in the Franche
Comté region of France. Héricourt was a
significant centre for the cotton industry. He
began working at Mather & Platt in 1916, at
the age of 15, and began his career as an
apprentice as did his long time friend, Ernest
Boschi, just a few years later.
He worked his way up through
the company and very quickly became Manager of
the Sprinkler Division of Fire Engineering.
Marcel Boschi, Ernest's son, remembers him as
almost a member of the family. Marcel's four
uncles worked under Lucien Woindrich and it was
Woindrich himself who encouraged Ernest to accept
Loris Mather's invitation to make a study trip to
Manchester and to the British factories of
M&P in 1951. Loris Mather was Chairman of
Mather & Platt in Britain at that time.
Lucien Woindrich was a
well-informed and highly-qualified man who took
the time to listen to his workers. Respected for
for his courtesy and for his diplomatic skills,
he was an expert in industrial relations. In 1954
he was appointed to a seat on the Board - a seat
he held until his retirement in 1966 after a
career spanning some fifty years.