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Fred Born

Fred Born

Frederick born on 23rd October, 1868 in Lewisham Road, Lewisham, near London. Fred was the fourth child of nine.


Fred attends the Normal School of Science

Fred won a national scholarship to the Normal School of Science in South Kensington, London (later known as the Royal College of Science and now part of Imperial College). Fred left before his final exams with no formal qualifications

Fred attend the Normal School of Sciences


Fred moves to Birmingham to Work

Fred moves to Birmingham to work

Fred moves to Birmingham to start as Assistant Works Manager at the Forward Gas Engine Company, Saltley, Birmingham. He is later joined at the firm by his brother George, who becomes an apprentice. Fred creates syndicate leading to Lanchester Engine Co. Fred applies for 7 patents.


Hon Dr.

Fred was granted an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Birmingham. It was his first formal qualification. Friends later referred to him as ‘Doctor Fred’.


Fred Marries

Fred married Dorothea Cooper (1898-1978), the niece of his voice tutor.

Fred Marries


Dyott End

Fred designed and built a house (Dyott End) for himself and Dorothea in Moseley, Birmingham, where they lived for the rest of their lives.

Dyott End


Fred diagnosed with Parkinsons

Fred diagnosed with Parkinson’s

Fred was diagnosed with Parkinson’s a progressive neurological condition that affects movement.


Fred Dies

Fred died on 8th March following 2 strokes. His ashes were buried with his parents’ in West Sussex.

Fred dies

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