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Frederick Hugh Austen

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Frederick Hugh Austen (c1888-1941)

1942 Obituary [1]

Major FREDERICK HUGH AUSTEN was associated with the firm of Messrs. Young, Austen, and Young, engineers and contractors, of Leicester and London, of which he had been partner since 1911, for the whole of his professional career. He received his technical education at the Polytechnic, Regent Street, London, and at Leicester Technical School, and served his apprenticeship during 1904-9 with Messrs. Ashwell and Nesbit, Ltd., of Leicester.

During the war of 1914-18 he received a commission in the Royal Engineers and served in France, and was wounded at the battle of the Somme in 1916. Later in the same year he was transferred to the Ministry of Munitions as assistant director of steel production, and subsequently became a section director in the department of the Controller of American Aircraft. He was also attached to Sir Henry Fowler's special mission to the U.S.A. in connection with aircraft, and subsequently served on the Aeronautical Inspection Directorate.

On his return to professional work after the war he acted as advisor on several steam plant installations at home and abroad. He was personally responsible for all the engineering plant required for the new Kasr-el-Aini Hospital in Cairo and acted as advisory consultant to the architects and to the Egyptian Government.

Major Austen, whose death occurred on 12th August 1941 in his fifty-third year, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1919 and was transferred to Membership in 1932.

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