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Thomas Wigston Kinglake Clarke

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Thomas Wigston Kinglake Clarke (1873-1941) of T. W. K. Clarke and Co

Produced the Wright-Clarke glider

1873 April 17th. Born in Marshfield, Glos., the son of James Strachan Clarke, Farmer.

1911 Living at 52 Maple Road, Surbiton: Lucy Jane Clarke (age 39 born Marshfield, Glos.). With her brother Thomas Wigston Kinglake Clarke (age 37 born Marshfield, Glos.), Aeronautical Engineer - Employer. One boarder. One servant.[1]

1913 December 27th. Married in Bishopgate to Nina Nargaret Nockolds

1927 Lost his sight.[2]

1941 Died. 'Mr. Thomas Wigston Kinglake Clarke, an aviation pioneer, has died at Weobley, Herefordshire, aged 67, it was announced to-day. Under the name of T. W. K. Clarke and Co., he started in 1906 what is claimed have been the first aeronautical works in this country, and 1912 became a member of the Royal Aircraft Establishment with which he remained for many years. He was a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society which awarded him its bronze medal in 1932 and served on the Council the Aeronautical Society of Great Britain from 1911 to 1913. He was dangerously wounded in the South African War in 1900.'[3]


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Sources of Information

  1. 1911 Census
  2. Cambridge University Alumni, 1261-1900
  3. Gloucester Citizen - Tuesday 07 January 1941