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Frederick Gerald Gudgeon

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Frederick Gerald Gudgeon (c1897-1948)

1949 Obituary [1]

"FREDERICK GERALD GUDGEON, whose untimely death occurred at Derby on 5th April 1948, at the age of fifty-one, was for eighteen years works manager to the International Combustion Company, Ltd., of Derby. During his tenure of that office he showed himself to be a capable technician and to have possessed a great administrative ability.

He received his technical education at the Municipal College of Technology, in Manchester, where he served a three years' apprenticeship with the British Westinghouse Company terminating in 1915. During the war of 1914-18 he saw service for three years in the Royal Fusiliers and the Royal Flying Corps and on his demobilization in 1919 concluded his practical training in the drawing office of the Metropolitan Vickers Electrical Company, Ltd., at Manchester. He was then made section leader in the drawing office of the turbine department and later was employed on erection and testing.

In 1927 he joined the Underfeed Stoker Company, Ltd., at their London office as assistant to the manager of the operating department and subsequently was made superintendent of outside erection. Three years later he was transferred to the Derby works of the firm, which, by then, had been absorbed by the International Combustion, and took over the duties of works manager with the charge of 1,500 employees. He was further responsible for the construction of a power plant of large dimensions.

Mr. Gudgeon had been a Member of the Institution since 1938. He was also a Past-President of the Derby Society of Engineers and took a great interest in the Derby Technical College."

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