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Charles Hodgson (1842-1912)

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Charles Hodgson (1842-1912) of Saxby and Farmer


1912 Obituary [1]

CHARLES HODGSON was born at Brighton on 13th May 1842.

He served an apprenticeship of five years in the locomotive works of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway at Brighton, and on its termination was engaged as draughtsman in the same works for about three years. During the latter part of this time he was head draughtsman, luwing charge of the drawing office.

He then joined Mr. Saxby and Mr. Farmer when they entered into partnership in the signalling business. For many years he was general manager, and in 1893 he was appointed Managing Director on the conversion of the firm into a company; he subsequently occupied the additional position of Chairman. Many inventions in the signalling business stand to his credit, the chief among them being his electric lock and block system.

His death took place at his residence at Cricklewood, London, on 20th April 1912, in his seventieth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1880.


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