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George Frederick St. Clair Harden

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George Frederick St. Clair Harden (1878-1913)

1913 Obituary [1]

GEORGE FREDERICK ST. CLAIR HARDEN was born at Tandragee, Ireland, on 26th May 1878, being the son of Mr. R. J. Harden, D.L., J.P.

After an elementary education, he went to Rossall School in 1893, and three years later he began a three years' pupilage with Messrs. Ernest Scott and Mountain, electrical and general engineers, Newcastle-on-Tyne. During this time he also attended lectures on engineering subjects at the Durham College of Science. On the completion of his apprenticeship he worked for six months in the drawing-office of the same firm.

In September 1899 he took up the position as inspector of electrical machines with Messrs. Crompton and Co., Chelmsford, and for some time was in charge of their inspection department. This was followed by his transfer to the estimating department where he was engaged for one year, and then he was appointed resident engineer in Scotland for Messrs. Crompton and Co., having also charge of the firm's Scottish and Irish offices.

In January 1906 he was transferred to the London office, where he acted as assistant in the sales department, and in 1910, on this department being moved to Chelmsford, he was appointed manager of the sales branch for the London District.

In November 1911 he developed a severe cold which was diagnosed as tuberculosis of both lungs and throat, and he was ordered to undergo open-air treatment. This was so effective that within a year he was practically cured; unfortunately he caught cold at Christmas 1912, and this developed into congestion of the lungs, which terminated fatally on 6th February 1913, in his thirty-fifth year.

He was elected a Graduate of this Institution in 1901, and an Associate Member in 1904.

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