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Hugh Nettlefold

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Hugh Nettleford (1858-1893)

1894 Obituary [1]

HUGH NETTLEFOLD, second son of the late Edward John Nettlefold, was born on the 19th of August, 1858.

After being educated at a private school he went through the engineering course at King’s College, London, and then entered the works of Easton and Anderson at Erith as an articled pupil.

After two years’ practical training in those works he entered the manufactory of patent screws at Birmingham which was owned by his family. Shortly after, it was turned into a company under the style of Nettlefold’s, Limited, of which he became one of the directors.

Mr. Nettlefold undertook the supervision of the whole of the machinery, which is of a varied character, and from time to time suggested and carried out several improvements in the machines used in the various processes of manufacture. Unfortunately, his career was prematurely cut short by an attack of erysipelas, following influenza, which ended fatally on the 23rd of December, 1893.

Mr. Nettlefold was a member of the Smethwick Local Board. He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution on the 4th of December, 1883.

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