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Frederick Henry Grubb

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Frederick Henry Grubb (27 May 1887 – 6 March 1949) of F. H. Grubb was a British road racing cyclist who competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics. He won silver medals in the individual road race and the team road race.

1887 May 27th. Born in Kingston the son of George Grubb, a Plumber.

1909 Married in Croydon to Ada Evelyn Hilldroup

1911 Living at 91 Fairholme Road, Croydon: Frederick Henry Grubb (age 23 born Wimbledon), Plumber Gas and Hot Water Fitter on Building Work. With his wife Ada Evelyn Grubb (age 23 born Croydon) and their daughter Winifred Violet Grubb (age 1 born Croydon). Also his father-in-Law Alfred George Hilldroup (age 62 born Lambeth). Solicitor's Clerk.[1]

1914 After he retired from racing, he established a bicycle manufacturing business in Brixton, London.

1919 Went into partnership with Ching Allin forming Allin and Grubb of 132 Whitehorse Road, Croydon. The two split in a row over cycle design. Allin and Grubb became A. H. Allin and began selling Davey cycles rather than Grubb.

By 1920 manufacturing had moved to Croydon and then in 1926 to Twickenham.

1935 FHG Ltd was established in Wimbledon but by 1947 the F. H. Grubb name was back in use. Two years after his death the business was bought by Holdsworth, which used the Freddie Grubb brand until around 1978.

1939 Living at 130 Haydons Road, Wimbledon, Cycle Maker and Engineer.

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  1. 1911 Census