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Frederick William Smith-Cleburne

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Captain Frederick William Smith-Cleburne (1867-1921)

1921 Obituary [1]


He received his technical education at Finsbury Technical College, from 1886 to 18B9, and at the same time was a pupil with Messrs. Woodhouse and Rawson.

For the next two years he was employed by the Electrical Engineering Corporation in the erection of power plants.

He was then appointed an assistant in the firm of Messrs. J. G. Statter and Company and was principally engaged in the test-room.

From 1893 to 1896 he was successively branch manager to Messrs. Paterson and Cooper and English manager to Messrs. Calvert and Co.

In 1896-97 he was engaged upon work for the city of Cork and also at Las Palmas.

He then became Managing Director to Messrs. F. W. Smith and Co., Ltd., of Southport, tramway equipment and power-transmission contractors, a post which he held until his death on the 27th April, 1920. Prior to the War he was an officer in the Royal Engineers (T.F.) and on the outbreak of hostilities served as Camp Adjutant and Garrison Engineer at the camp for German prisoners in the Isle of Man. Under his supervision considerable improvements were carried out, including the installation of electric light and the erection of a large power station.

He was elected an Associate of the Institution in 1891 and a Member in 1905.

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