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Francis Robert Lucas

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1848 Born in Greenwich.[1]

1863 Started work for the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Co on the engineering staff[2]

1873 Joined the Society of Telegraph Engineers

1875 Married Katherine Mary Riddle in Greenwich[3]

1875 Patent application by Francis Robert Lucas, of No: 08, Old Broad-street, in the city of London, in respect of the invention of "improvements in submarine cables."[4]

1876 Birth of son, Ralph

Electrical engineer of the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Co; implemented Lord Kelvin's ideas for sounding the oceans which device was then used in ships worldwide[5]

1879 A civil engineer, at the baptism of his son Keith in Greenwich[6]

1881 Francis R. Lucas 32, telegraph engineer, lived in Charlton with Katherine M. Lucas 29, Ralph Lucas 5, Keith Lucas 2[7]

1891 Lived in Kidbrooke

1906 Patent on "improvements in grapnels for raising submarine cables".

1925 Retired as managing director of the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Co

1931 Died in Uckfield[8]

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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. Electrical Engineer records
  3. BMD
  4. London Gazette 17 August 187
  5. The Times Aug. 10, 1896
  6. Parish records
  7. 1881 census
  8. BMD