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Charles Crompton (c1865-1941)

1942 Obituary [1]

Captain CHARLES CROMPTON, O.B.E., who died on the 10th December, 1941, at the age of 77, entered the Post Office service at Liverpool in 1885 as a telegraphist. He was transferred to the Post Office Engineering Department in the following year.

In his earlier years as an engineer he had experience in the field in Scotland, Lancashire and London, followed by headquarters' experience as Assistant Staff Engineer from 1906 to 1908, when he was transferred to Edinburgh as Assistant Superintending Engineer. He served in Cardiff as Superintending Engineer in charge of the South Wales District from 1921 to 1924, and in Glasgow in charge of the Scotland West District from that date to his retirement in 1925.

In 1895 he was instrumental in establishing wireless communication between Mull and the mainland during a period of temporary submarine cable breakdown, using a system devised by the late Sir William Preece. This was before Marconi came to London and commenced his first experiment in conjunction with the Post Office, and was the first occasion on which wireless telegraphy was used commercially in Great Britain, if not in the world. During the first World War, he acted as Liaison Officer between the Post Office and the fighting Services, and was awarded the O.B.E. in 1921.

He joined The Institution in 1910 as an Associate Member and was elected a Member in 1922. Subsequent to his retirement he lived in Edinburgh, one of his main interests being freemasonry. He was a Past Master of St. Stephen's Lodge, Edinburgh.

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