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Francis Peacock

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Francis Peacock (1837-1905), son of James Peacock, book-keeper

1856 Engine Fitter

1856 Married Jane Wells, daughter of George Wells, gas fitter, in Manchester Cathedral[1]

1890 His son James Albert Wells Peacock (1858-1914) was assistant engineer on the Smyrna and Cassaba Railway when he joined I Mech E



1905 Obituary [2]

FRANCIS PEACOCK was born in Leeds on 2nd April 1837.

He commenced his apprenticeship at the New Holland Works of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway, and was transferred in 1852 to the Gorton Works.

Two years later he entered the locomotive works of Messrs. Beyer Peacock and Co., but returned in 1856 to the New Holland Works as assistant foreman, where he remained four years.

He then was appointed foreman of the Cyclops Works at Goole, and retained this position until 1865 when he went to sea as second engineer, subsequently becoming chief engineer.

From 1867 to 1869 he was in Messrs. Beyer Peacock's Works, and then was appointed locomotive superintendent of the Smyrna and Cassaba Railway, Asia Minor. In that position he remained for twenty-seven years, until his retirement.

In 1897, however, at the request of the late Mr. H. R. Baines, and on the commencement of the construction of the Egyptian Delta Light Railways, he went out to Damanhour to take up the position of chief store-keeper and works manager, remaining in the company's service until June 1902.

His death took place in Cairo on 14th February 1905, in sixty-eighth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1890.


1905 Obituary [3]



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