Claude Bartlett – COHSE President
An appreciation, by Frank Lynch
It is always distressing to write about the death of an old comrade, yet it is right and proper that respects should be paid.
Claude Bartlett died on
I first met Claude Bartlett at the Amalgamation Dinner in the Queen's Hotel,
When George Gibson retired as General Secretary of the
Congress later in that year he was elected in his own right by a substantial vote. It is not often that a lay member of a union is able to secure election to that august body but Claude Bartlett went even further.
In 1959 he was elected as President of the TUC and it could be that he was the only person who was not a full-time trade union officer to be so honoured. His conduct of Congress brought him many tributes at the end of his term of office.
In 1962, after a long and eventful career he decided to retire, having been awarded the CBE in 1960. At a small gathering of the National Executive Committee and invited guests held in
Goodbye Claude, let those words be your epitaph.
Sammy Lee, COHSE Life Member, writes: "I was grieved to learn of the demise of Claude Bartlett our President for many years. "I recall the many conferences of our
Claude Bartlett held the position of Ivbridge Branch President for 35 years
He stood as a candidate in local District elections 1925, failed at his first attempt but elected to Parish council
Branch Secretary Plymouth branch circa 1926
His wife was killed by a driver on
First NAWU branch Secretary at Devon Mental Hospital Mr George H Hobson
Exminister Asylum NAWU branch established 1911
Cotford Asylum branch of NAWU established 1914
Plymouth Asylum branch of NAWU established 1917
Bodmin Asylum branch of NAWU established 1918
Devizes Asylum branch of NAWU established 1911