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Clive Burton Heaton

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Clive Burton Heaton (1879-1930)

1879 Born in Derby the son of James Edward Heaton, a Marble Mason.

1898-99 Mechanical Fitter at Freame, Manning and Co, Lea Green

1899-00 Mechanical Fitter at Vickers, Sons and Maxim

1900-04 P. and O.

1904-07 Engineer in Charge Carl Hentschel

1907 MD at Noble Engineering Co. Also of Raynes Park Motor and Engineering Co.[1]

1911 Living at 47 Tunley Road, Balham: Clive Burton Heaton (age 30 born Derby), Motor and General Engineering - Employer. With his wife Gertrude Heaton (age 27 born Deptford).[2]

1930 Inquest. 'More evidence regarding parrot disease was given yesterday the City London Coroner's Court, when an inquest was held Clive Burton Heaton, 50, consulting engineer, Wimbledon, who died St. Bartholomew's Hospital, had had two monkeys and eight parrots. Miss Annie Louise Burgess, housekeeper, said a little green parrot died Boxing Day and another of the same kind two or three days later. A third had died while Mr. Heaton was in hospital. Mr. E. Cullinan, senior demonstrator in pathology at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, who made the post-mortem examination, said there were appearances of broncho-pneumonia. Dr. Mervyn Gordon, consulting bacteriologist of the Hospital, said psittacosis was the name given to a condition resembling influenza and pneumonia, which might occur in human beings who had been contact with imported parrots, had been known for 50 years, and there was a big outbreak 1891 and 1892. Last year there was considerable outbreak the Argentine. The disease in human beings appeared to take the form of broncho-pneumonia, and the condition was associated with typhoid. The jury returned a verdict that death was due to syncope and exhaustion while deceased was suffering from psittacosis.'[3]


1929/30 Obituary [4]

Clive Burton Heaton was born in 1878 and after serving his apprenticeship with John Penn and Sons, of Greenwich, was employed on printing machinery repairs by the Clarendon Press.

He then became a journeyman fitter at Vickers' Erith Works and subsequently spent four years as marine engineer with P. and 0..

After a further three years as engineer-in-charge with Carl Hentschel, he became Managing Director of the Noble Engineering Co, of Westminster Bridge Road, a position which, at the time of his death, he had occupied for over twenty years.

He died in February, 1930, from psittacosis.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution of Automobile Engineers in 1918.


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Sources of Information

  1. IMechE records
  2. 1911 Census
  3. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 06 March 1930
  4. 1929/30 Institution of Automobile Engineers: Obituaries‎