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Fred Clements

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Fred Clements (1881-1951)

Managing Director, The Park Gate Iron and Steel Co., Ltd., Rotherham.


  • Dronfield Grammar School.
  • Apprenticeship, Markham and Co., Ltd., Engineers, Chesterfield.
  • joined Drawing Office Staff of Park Gate Iron and Steel Co., Ltd., and held positions of increasing responsibility.
  • 1923 Appointed General Manager The Park Gate Iron and Steel Co., Ltd.
  • 1936 Awarded Bessemer Gold Medal by Iron and Steel Inst. for Meritorious Services to the Industry.
  • 1937 Managing Director The Park Gate Iron and Steel Co., Ltd.


  • "British Blast Furnace Practice" (Benns), etc.
  • Contributor, "Encyclopaedia Britannica, " etc.

1951 Obituary [1]

1952 Obituary [2]

"FRED CLEMENTS. Wh.Ex.. was formerly chairman and managing director of the Park Gate Iron and Steel Company, Ltd., Rotherham, and had been associated with that firm since 1904 until his retirement some forty years later. He was educated at Chesterfield Technical College and the University of Sheffield, where he gained a Whitworth Exhibition in 1905. He served an apprenticeship from 1896 to 1903 with Markham and Company, Ltd., Chesterfield, and passed through the shops and drawing office, in which he continued to work for another year before entering the drawing office of the Park Gate Iron and Steel Co. He was made chief draughtsman in 1910 and subsequently took over the additional duties of engineer. As general manager from 1926 he was in control of 3,400 employees. He became chairman and managing director in 1935. Mr. Clements was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1910 and transferred to Membership three years later. He was a Member of the Yorkshire Branch Committee from its inception in 1921 until 1930, and was Chairman of the Branch and a Member of Council in 1923. He was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and an Associate Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers. In addition he had served as vice-president of the Iron and Steel Institute, which awarded him the Bessemer Gold Medal. His death in his seventieth year occurred on 19th September 1951."

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