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George Clarke

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Sir George Clarke (1848–1933)

1894 Appointed superintendent of the royal carriage department at Woolwich. He relished improving gun mountings but quarrelled ferociously with ordnance factory managers[1]

1899 Designed a spade brake for field guns which was fixed to the axle tree and also connected with the trail, the shock being broken by strong springs. This enabled the gun to fire five rounds a minute. The device was shown to the Under Secretary on his visit to the Arsenal at Woolwich and was being applied to guns in service[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. Biography, ODNB
  2. The Engineer 1899