Ernest Alfred Roughton (1899-1940)
1941 Obituary 
ERNEST ALFRED ROUGHTON was assistant works engineer to the Daimler Company, Ltd., at Coventry. His death occurred as a result of an air raid, on 14th November 1940, a few months after his election to Associate Membership of the Institution. In addition he was an Associate of the Institution of Electrical Engineers. He was born at Northampton in 1899, and after serving his apprenticeship from 1913 to 1918 in the light railway and electricity department of the Corporation of Southend-on-Sea, he was appointed assistant in charge of steam and gas engine-driven generating plant for Measham Collieries, Ltd., in Leicestershire.
In 1920 he went as works engineer to the Measham Shoe Company, Ltd., and held that post for two years. He was in Portuguese East Africa from 1923 to 1924, and took charge of brickmaking machines and quarry plant for the Beira Portland Cement Company, Ltd. On his return to England he was appointed shift engineer to the Warwickshire Coal Company, Ltd., at Coventry Colliery, and two years later he entered the employment of Messrs. Braithwaite and Company, of Westminster, and went as a member of the electrical engineering staff to Brazil, where he was personally responsible for the Sao Paulo pipe line contract. On leaving Messrs. Braithwaite in 1928, he returned to Coventry where he lived for the remainder of his career. He joined Messrs. C. H. Elson and Sons, Ltd., as plant maintenance engineer, and took charge of water softening plant and the installation of laundry dye works and dry-cleaning machinery.