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Charles Vernon Pugh

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Charles Vernon Pugh (1869-1921) of Rudge-Whitworth and Lanchester Motor Co.

1869 Born at Rotherham the son of Charles Henry Pugh

1891 Living at Hawthorndell, Penns Lane, Sutton Coldfield (age 22 born Rotherham), Manager of Works. With his parents and siblings. [1]

1894 Director of Rudge-Whitworth. Living at Hawthornden, Penns. [2]

1904 'PUGH, Charles Vernon, Radford House, near Coventry. Car: 10-h.p. Lanchester. Total distance travelled since becoming a motorist: About 15,000 miles. Principal aim in furthering automobilism: To enjoy the easiest and most healthful and agreeable form of locomotion known to him. Clubs: Midland A.C., National Liberal, Coventry and County, A.C.G.B. & I.' [3]

1911 Living at Radford House, Coventry (age 42 born Rotherham), a Cycle Manufacturer. With his wife Frances Mary (age 37 born Brewood, Staffs) and their children Charles Richard Vernon (age 8 born Coventry), John Geoffrey (age 7 born Coventry), Michael Arthur (age 5 born Coventry), Edward Anthony (age 3 born Coventry), Sylvia Mary (age 2 born Coventry). Also six servants. [4]

1921 Died aged 52. Leaves five sons and two daughters. [5]

1921 Obituary [6]

CHARLES VERNON PUGH was born at Rotherham in 1869, and was educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham.

In 1886 he entered his father's manufacturing business in Birmingham, becoming a partner in 1890.

In the following year he founded the Whitworth Cycle Co., and in 1894 amalgamation took place with the Rudge Co., and he became chairman in 1905.

He was also chairman of the Lanchester Motor Co., Ltd., from its foundation in 1899, and chairman of C. H. Pugh, Ltd., Birmingham, since 1902.

He was President of the Coventry Chamber of Commerce in 1903-1905, and became a Justice of the Peace in 1906, in which year he was elected a member of the Coventry City Council.

His death took place at Bognor on 23rd August 1921, at the age of fifty-two.

He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1895, and a Member in 1898.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1891 Census
  2. Birmingham Daily Post, Monday, November 5, 1894
  3. Motoring Annual and Motorist’s Year Book 1904
  4. 1911 Census
  5. The Times, Thursday, Aug 25, 1921
  6. 1921 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries