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Claude Martineau Toplis (1877-1961)
Took a patent out for a new type of level-luffing crane - for more information see The Engineer 1926/06/04
1921 He was chief engineer for Stothert and Pitt.
1924 He took partnership with the Bedford Engineering Co.
"WE regret to announce the death on February 4, of Mr. Claude Martineau Toplis born in Chesterfield in 1877, the youngest son of Mr. John Toplis, proprietor of the Derbyshire Courier, he was educated at Chesterfield Grammar School and Nottingham University.
After gaining professional experience in the Midlands, he joined the staff of Messrs. Siemens, of Stafford, where from 1906 to 1910 he held the post of chief engineer during which time he patented a device for cooling the commutators of turbo-generator. It was, however, as chief engineer of Stothert and Pitt, Ltd., Bath, from 1910 to 1924, that he brought out the patent for the level luffing system of dockside cranes which for so many years bore his name.
On taking over the Bedford Engineering Co in 1924, he continued production of large crane installations, both here and overseas, until his retirement. His last years were spent in running a small-holding in Bedfordshire, where he remained fully active till his death."