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Ashford Vincent Clarke (1883-1939)
1939 Obituary 
"ASHFORD VINCENT CLARKE, who died on 1st April 1939, had been a director of the Hamworthy Engineering Company, Ltd., Poole, Dorset, for over twenty years.
He was born in 1883 at Trull, Somersetshire, and educated at a private school until 1895. From then until 1900 he attended the Countess of Warwick's Technical College, and he served his apprenticeship in the shops of Messrs. Davey, Paxman and Company, Ltd., Colchester, from 1900 to 1904. The following four years he spent in the high-speed engine department of this company, and in 1908 he was put in charge of this department. His duties included the designing of engines for driving mills, as well as the testing of engines and electric generators.
In 1910 he joined the staff of Messrs. Marshall, Sons and Company, Ltd., and until 1912 he was concerned with the redesign of the Marshall fixed steam engines. He then took charge of the gas and oil engine department. In 1913 he was appointed assistant to the chief engineer of Messrs. Petters, Ltd., Yeovil, and in the following year he was made chief engineer to this firm. In 1918 he became a director of the Hamworthy Engineering Company, Ltd., and a partner in the firm of Messrs. Hall and Clarke, consulting engineers, London, positions he held until his death. He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1910 and was transferred to Membership in 1913. He was also an Associate Member of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Electrical Engineers.
1939 Obituary