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Frederic Horton Clough

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Frederic Horton Clough (c1878-1957) of BTH

1957 Obituary [1]

MR. FREDERIC HORTON CLOUGH.- We regret to announce that Mr. F. H. Clough, C.B.E., who, until his retirement in 1947, was for many years assistant chief engineer of The British Thomson-Houston Company, Rugby, died on February 25 at the age of 79.

He was born at Melbourne, Australia and educated at Geelong Grammar School. After serving a two-year apprenticeship with the Austral Otis Engineering Company, Melbourne, he joined Siemens Brothers of Woolwich, and worked in the drawing-office, test department and in the erection shops. In the meantime he studied at Finsbury Technical College, King's College, and Owen's College.

In 1901 he went to Germany and worked on experimental testing with Siemens and Halske, Berlin, and in 1902 he joined B.T.H. at Rugby in the design department, and later became responsible for the design of turbo-alternators. for a time during World War I he was technical adviser to the Director of Torpedo and Mining at the Admiralty, and for his services was awarded the C.B.E.

He became assistant chief engineer at B.T.H. in 1919 - a position he held until his retirement.

Mr. Clough was a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Electrical Engineers; he served as chairman of the I.E.E. Midland Centre, and on the I.E.E. Council in London.

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