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Hugh Innes Rogers

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Hugh Charles Innes Rogers (1872-1928), O.B.E., M.I.E.E., Chairman of Brecknell, Munro and Rogers.[1]

1929 Obituary [2]

HUGH INNES ROGERS, O.B.E., was born on the 26th June, 1872, and received his early education at Temple Grove, East Sheen.

In 1885 he went to Marlborough College and remained there until 1890, subsequently completing his training as an electrical engineer at King's College, London, and as a pupil with Messrs. Laing, Wharton and Down.

As an assistant engineer with Messrs. Robert W. Blackwell and Co. he superintended the equipment of the systems of the Dublin United Tramways Co. and the Bristol Tramways Co. during the period 1895 to 1898, and from then until the time of his death he was associated with the firm of Messrs. Brecknell, Munro and Rogers, being appointed chairman of the company in 1904.

During the War his company were responsible, under his enthusiastic direction, for a considerable output of war material, and as a recognition he received the O B.E. He was keenly interested in the work of the Chambers of Commerce, being a member of the Executive Council of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce, and was president of the Bristol body in 1926.

To those who were privileged to enjoy his company, his directness and enthusiasm, allied with much humour, appealed greatly, and his interests were diverse. His love of outdoor life and sport generally was apparent, and to the end he evinced great love of Rugby football, a game at which he was a brilliant exponent in his younger days, playing for his college and captaining Marlborough Nomads for several years, eventually playing in an International Trial.

He joined the Institution as a Student in 1893, was elected an Associate in 1896 and a Member in 1913, and from the inception of the Western Centre was one of its keenest members. He served on the Committee during 1916-1917 and from 1922 to 1925, occupying the position of Chairman in 1918 and 1919. His genial personality, ever ready sound advice, and generosity endeared him to a host of friends, to whom his death on the 16th October, 1928, came as a sad blow.

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