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Edward George Fiegehen

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Edward George Fiegehen (1874-1950)

1874 Born the son of John George Fiegehen and his wife Maria

1891 Living at 50 Ampthill Road, Bedford: John G. Fiegehen (age 39 born Gravesend), Manager - Engineering Works. With his wife Maria Fiegehen (age 43 born Ipswich) and their two children Edward G. Fiegehen (age 16 born Newington, Surrey) Harriett S. Fiegehen (age 8 born Deptford).[1]

1951 Obituary [2]

"Major EDWARD GEORGE FIEGEHEN was a member of the Institution for over fifty years, having been elected a Graduate in 1896 and transferred to Associate Membership in 1900 and to Membership in 1923. He was educated at Bedford Modern School and served his apprenticeship between 1892 and 1898 with Messrs. Grafton and Company, Ltd., and the Bedford Engineering Co, crane makers. He continued in the service of the latter firm as a draughtsman and was later placed in charge of the works and the drawing office. From 1907 to 1913 he held various temporary appointments including those of chief draughtsman and estimator to Messrs. Royce, Ltd., Manchester, and second mechanical engineer to the Dominion Bridge Co, Montreal. He then returned to England and became the senior partner of the Bedford Engineering Co.

In 1914, however, Major Fiegehen, who had for some years served with the rank of captain in the first battalion of the Bedfordshire Royal Engineers (volunteers), was commissioned in the 54th Divisional Royal Engineers (T.) and saw service in command of a company at Gallipoli and in Egypt and Palestine, being mentioned in dispatches. He returned in 1917 to resume his duties as senior partner of the Bedford Engineering Co, taking over the entire control of the business, which he continued to exercise until 1926. Two years later he renewed his previous connection with Canada where he held various appointments alternating between the Dominion Bridge Company and other firms, including the Canadian Car and Foundry Co, Montreal, for whom lie acted as plant engineer. Major Fiegehen was sometime chairman of the Crane Committee of the British Standards Institution and was the patentee of a new worm-wheel cutting machine and also of a single chain automatic grab. His death occurred on 24th August 1950 in his seventy-sixth year."

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