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Significant Memorials, Headstones and Plots

Over the last 150 years Folkestone and district has been a very fashionable place to visit attracting many well connected and interesting people - as well as being the place where many senior military figures retired. As we discover significant memorials or plots we will add them to these pages.

William Clauson-Thue

William Clauson-Theu who died 1807. Pioneer of Telegraphic Coding. Author of the A.B.C and other Codes. His book, the 'A.B.C. of Wireless Telegraphy', which had at least five reprints and is still in publication, albeit as a 'classic' work only for reference. This gentleman was covered in an article authored by Ray Duff (below) and researched by local historian Eamonn Rooney   Pioneer   There is very little on the internet or Wikipedia about his life and work. Despite this I was intrigued and decided to try to find out more - given he appeared to be a pioneer Victorian. Indeed local historian Eamonn Rooney, who was already aware of him, has now found out some of his family connections. It appears he was the second son of one Andria Clausen-Thue of Stockholm. Andria eventually moved to Britain and married one Mary Findlayson in London and they had three sons, with William and his twin Henry being born in 1834 following John in 1833. It seems William grew up and worked as a Shipping Agent for R.MacAndrew & Co in London; and during this he began, in his spare time, to address the problems of ship to shore communications via wireless telegraphy. Exactly how and where he carried out any experiments remain currently unknown, though it's mostly likely he was assisted by his firm and their contacts. Eventually he published his first work; the' A.B.C. of Wireless Telegraphy' in 1883. A1 Code   In 1860 both he, and his twin Henry married, what appears to have been two sisters Charlotte & Eliza Dixon respectively. William & Charlotte had two daughters; Edith, (Born 1864) and Florence (Born 1866); and once they were grown up they also began to help their father in his later work regarding the telegraphy including the 'A1 Code'. He lived until 1907 and died nearly a year after his wife. The Wills in Probate show he left the then princely sum of £75,800 to his family. Death There is precious little known about his life and work today and he only seems to warrant a brief mention in modern day studies of the whole issue. However on perusing local papers of the day, Mr Rooney found the following in the Folkestone Herald of 23 February 1907 concerning his death. Death of Mr Clausen-Thue - Telegraphic Code Inventor. We record with regret the death of Mr Willam Clausen-Thue, F.R.G.S., of 59 Cheriton Gardens, Folkestone, who passed away on the 15thinst, at Wickham House, Brockley, SE London after an attack of influenza. He was the second son of the late Mr Andreas Clausen-Thue of Stockholm, and was the inventor of the modern telegraphic codes, which came into existence as a result of his long years of arduous labour, and which have simplified the task of overseas communication, especially in relation to shipping. For forty years he was connected to the firm of Messrs R. MacAndrew & Co., devoting his spare time to this work, the result of which is known and valued by probably nearly every businessman of the face of the globe. Mr Clausen-Thue was the author of the "A.B.C. Code" and the "A1 Code", both of which were remarkable improvements on previously existing codes. He was a Freeman of the Glaziers Company of the City of London, a P.M. of two Masonic Lodges, an original member of the old Sacred Harmonic Society, the donor of a challenge shield to the Lewisham Swimming Club, which is competed for every year; and was well known as a generous contributor to religious, philanthropic, and social objects.   Queen Victoria Her late Majesty, Queen Victoria, and our present King (Edward VII), graciously accepted copies of the "A1 Code".   Folkestone In his later years,Mr Clausen-Thue resided at Folkestone. Twelve months ago he sustained sever loss in the death of his wife, and from this shock he never fully recovered. He leaves two daughters, both of whom have shared the labour of their father's great life work, and now deeply mourn their irreparable loss. The Funeral The funeral took place at the Folkestone Cemetery yesterday (22 February 1907) afternoon. The coffin arrived at Shorncliffe Station (Folkestone West), accompanied by a large number of mourners. The hearse proceeded straight away to the Cemetery. A funeral service was held in the Chapel adjoining, the Rev. A.J.Palmer officiating both here and at the graveside. The coffin was laid in a vault, where rested the remains of the deceased gentleman's wife. The wreaths, crosses, etc; were remarkably beautiful. The coffin was of polished oak, and bore the inscription: "William Clausen-Thue: Died 15th February, 1907, Aged 73 Years. Mr H. Cornford of 122 Forest Hill Road, Peckham, London was the undertaker, whilst local arrangements were well carried out by Messrs Hambrook and Johns. The large vaulted grave in the Cemetery, as the photographs show, also contains his wife who, as above died in 1906; and also later contains both his daughters Edith who died in 1928; Florence, who died in 1956; and her husband, a Mr John Faulkner who predeceased her in 1951. Near the bottom of the column memorial the now somewhat grimy 'legend' reads: 'He was the pioneer of Telegraphic Coding: Author of the A.B.C. and other Codes'. A.B.C. of Wireless Telegraphy   His book, the 'A.B.C. of Wireless Telegraphy', which was first and had at least five reprints thereafter. It is still in publication, albeit as a 'classic' work only for reference.  
SIGNIFICANT MEMORIALS
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Significant Memorials,

Headstones

and Plots

Over the last 150 years Folkestone and district has been a very fashionable place to visit attracting many well connected and interesting people - as well as being the place where many senior military figures retired. As we discover significant memorials or plots we will add them to these pages.

William Clauson-Thue

William Clauson-Theu who died 1807. Pioneer of Telegraphic Coding. Author of the A.B.C and other Codes. His book, the 'A.B.C. of Wireless Telegraphy', which had at least five reprints and is still in publication, albeit as a 'classic' work only for reference. This gentleman was covered in an article authored by Ray Duff (below) and researched by local historian Eamonn Rooney   Pioneer   There is very little on the internet or Wikipedia about his life and work. Despite this I was intrigued and decided to try to find out more - given he appeared to be a pioneer Victorian. Indeed local historian Eamonn Rooney, who was already aware of him, has now found out some of his family connections. It appears he was the second son of one Andria Clausen-Thue of Stockholm. Andria eventually moved to Britain and married one Mary Findlayson in London and they had three sons, with William and his twin Henry being born in 1834 following John in 1833. It seems William grew up and worked as a Shipping Agent for R.MacAndrew & Co in London; and during this he began, in his spare time, to address the problems of ship to shore communications via wireless telegraphy. Exactly how and where he carried out any experiments remain currently unknown, though it's mostly likely he was assisted by his firm and their contacts. Eventually he published his first work; the' A.B.C. of Wireless Telegraphy' in 1883. A1 Code   In 1860 both he, and his twin Henry married, what appears to have been two sisters Charlotte & Eliza Dixon respectively. William & Charlotte had two daughters; Edith, (Born 1864) and Florence (Born 1866); and once they were grown up they also began to help their father in his later work regarding the telegraphy including the 'A1 Code'. He lived until 1907 and died nearly a year after his wife. The Wills in Probate show he left the then princely sum of £75,800 to his family. Death There is precious little known about his life and work today and he only seems to warrant a brief mention in modern day studies of the whole issue. However on perusing local papers of the day, Mr Rooney found the following in the Folkestone Herald of 23 February 1907 concerning his death. Death of Mr Clausen-Thue - Telegraphic Code Inventor. We record with regret the death of Mr Willam Clausen-Thue, F.R.G.S., of 59 Cheriton Gardens, Folkestone, who passed away on the 15thinst, at Wickham House, Brockley, SE London after an attack of influenza. He was the second son of the late Mr Andreas Clausen-Thue of Stockholm, and was the inventor of the modern telegraphic codes, which came into existence as a result of his long years of arduous labour, and which have simplified the task of overseas communication, especially in relation to shipping. For forty years he was connected to the firm of Messrs R. MacAndrew & Co., devoting his spare time to this work, the result of which is known and valued by probably nearly every businessman of the face of the globe. Mr Clausen-Thue was the author of the "A.B.C. Code" and the "A1 Code", both of which were remarkable improvements on previously existing codes. He was a Freeman of the Glaziers Company of the City of London, a P.M. of two Masonic Lodges, an original member of the old Sacred Harmonic Society, the donor of a challenge shield to the Lewisham Swimming Club, which is competed for every year; and was well known as a generous contributor to religious, philanthropic, and social objects.   Queen Victoria Her late Majesty, Queen Victoria, and our present King (Edward VII), graciously accepted copies of the "A1 Code".   Folkestone In his later years,Mr Clausen-Thue resided at Folkestone. Twelve months ago he sustained sever loss in the death of his wife, and from this shock he never fully recovered. He leaves two daughters, both of whom have shared the labour of their father's great life work, and now deeply mourn their irreparable loss. The Funeral The funeral took place at the Folkestone Cemetery yesterday (22 February 1907) afternoon. The coffin arrived at Shorncliffe Station (Folkestone West), accompanied by a large number of mourners. The hearse proceeded straight away to the Cemetery. A funeral service was held in the Chapel adjoining, the Rev. A.J.Palmer officiating both here and at the graveside. The coffin was laid in a vault, where rested the remains of the deceased gentleman's wife. The wreaths, crosses, etc; were remarkably beautiful. The coffin was of polished oak, and bore the inscription: "William Clausen-Thue: Died 15th February, 1907, Aged 73 Years. Mr H. Cornford of 122 Forest Hill Road, Peckham, London was the undertaker, whilst local arrangements were well carried out by Messrs Hambrook and Johns. The large vaulted grave in the Cemetery, as the photographs show, also contains his wife who, as above died in 1906; and also later contains both his daughters Edith who died in 1928; Florence, who died in 1956; and her husband, a Mr John Faulkner who predeceased her in 1951. Near the bottom of the column memorial the now somewhat grimy 'legend' reads: 'He was the pioneer of Telegraphic Coding: Author of the A.B.C. and other Codes'. A.B.C. of Wireless Telegraphy   His book, the 'A.B.C. of Wireless Telegraphy', which was first and had at least five reprints thereafter. It is still in publication, albeit as a 'classic' work only for reference.  
SIGNIFICANT MEMORIALS