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Henry Albert Collier

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(Henry Albert) Harry Collier (1884-1944), motorcycle pioneer

1884 Born in Plumstead, son of Henry Collier

1899 With his brother Charlie, built the first Matchless motorcycle[1]

1901 Cycle engineers apprentice (presumably to his father Henry Collier who was a cycle and general engineer and employer)[2]

c.1908 Married Elizabeth

1909 First place in the Isle of Man TT Race on a Matchless

1910 Second place in the Isle of Man TT race (open class) on a Matchless

1911 Second place in the Isle of Man TT race (junior class) on a Matchless

By 1911 he was works manager in a firm of Motor cycle manufacturers (H. Collier and Sons)[3]

1912 Third place in the Isle of Man TT race (senior class) on a Matchless.

1928 Joint managing director of Matchless Motor Cycles (Colliers) Ltd on incorporation as a public company[4]


1943/44 Obituary [5]

Henry Albert Collier was born in 1884.

He was associated with the firm of H. Collier and Sons, Ltd., since its formation in 1908, and became General Manager.

From 1928 he was Managing Director of Matchless Motorcycles, Ltd., and from 1938 of Associated Motorcycles, Ltd. He was responsible for the design and manufacture of the "Matchless" motorcycle, and was well known in the industry.

He died on 16th May, 1944, at the age of 60.

He was elected an Associate Member in 1919.


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Nov 19, 1928
  2. 1901 census
  3. 1911 census
  4. The Times, Nov 19, 1928
  5. 1943/44 Institution of Automobile Engineers: Obituaries