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Sir Montague Hughman (1876-1956) of W. T. Henleys Telegraph Works Co


1956 Obituary [1]

WE learn with regret that Sir Montague Hughman, formerly chairman of W. T. Henley's Telegraph Works Company, Ltd., died on March 23rd, at the age of seventy-nine years.

He was born in Leeds on October 22, 1876, and was educated at St. Mark's College, Chelsea.

He received his early technical training by working as assistant to Mr. Robert Hammond, M.I.C.E., the consulting engineer, and for many years he was engaged in engineering and shipbuilding in India. One happy outcome of his business association with that country was the establishment, in 1918-19, of the Institution of Engineers (India). He was one of the founders of this Institution and a member of its council from 1920-22. He was also the honorary secretary of the Indian section of the Institution of Electrical Engineers from 1912 until he left India in 1921. The following year he was knighted.

Sir Montague Hughman was a director of W. T. Henley's Telegraph Works Company, Ltd., from 1924 until 1955, when he retired and he served as chairman from 1933 until 1953, when he was succeeded by Sir John Dalton. Up to the time of his death he was also a director of the Barbados Electric Supply Corporation, Ltd.

During his career Sir Montague travelled widely, studying British, Colonial and foreign administration, with particular reference to the development of trade within the British Empire.

He was a vice-president of the British Electrical and Allied Manufacturers' Association and a vice-president of the Royal Society of Arts from 1937 to 1940.

A memorial service is to be held at 11.30 a.m. on Thursday, April 5th, at St. Sepulchre's Church, Holborn Viaduct, London.



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