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Harry Pollitt

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Harry Pollitt (1864– ) of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway from 1894–1897 and its successor, the Great Central Railway, from 1897-1900.

1864 December 26th. Born in Ashton-under-Lyne the son of William Pollitt, who was general manager of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway (MSLR) between 1866 and 1899.

1871 Living at Branforth Terrace, Moss Side: William Pollitt (age 29 born Ashton-under-Lyne), Accountant. With his wife Esther Pollitt (age 30 born Ashton-under-Lyne) and their three children; Jane Pollitt (age 7 born Ashton-under-Lyne); Henry Pollitt (age 5 born Ashton-under-Lyne); and Margaret Ellen Pollitt (age 3 born Ashton-under-Lyne). Two servants.[1]

1891 Living at Fernlea, Dunham Road, Altrincham:William Pollitt (age 49 born Ashton-under-Lyne), Director and Manager of Railway. With his wife and their five children; Esther Pollitt (age 50 born Ashton-under-Lyne); James Burton Pollitt (age 29 born Ashton-under-Lyne), Solicitor; Jane Pollitt (age 27 born Ashton-under-Lyne); Harry Pollitt (age 25 born Ashton-under-Lyne), Railway Mechanical Engineer; and Margaret Ellen Pollitt (age 23 born Ashton-under-Lyne). Three servants.[2]

By 1894 was chief locomotive engineer at Gorton Works

Appointed Locomotive Engineer of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway from January 1894, replacing Thomas Parker, who resigned at the end of 1893. Pollitt had previously been Works Manager at the Gorton locomotive works of the MSLR, under Parker.

In June 1894, his duties were expanded to cover the MSLR's fleet of ferries on the Humber, and his job title was changed to Locomotive and Marine Engineer.

On 1 August 1897, the MSLR was renamed the Great Central Railway (GCR).

Pollitt personally saw off the first GCR passenger service from Marylebone on 15 March 1899.

1900 June. Resigned from GCR, and was succeeded as Locomotive and Marine Engineer by John George Robinson.[3]

1901 Staying in a London hotel: Harry Pollitt (age 34 born Ashton-under-Lyne), Civil Engineer and Single.[4]

1901 November 6th. Married at Marylebone to Mabel Alves the daughter of John Alves of The Braes, South Yarra, Melbourne.[5][6][7]

1932. Incoming passengers from Australia include Harry Pollitt, Army Retired, and Mabel Pollitt

1941 Both appear to be living.[8]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1871 Census
  2. 1891 Census
  3. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Wednesday 20 June 1900
  4. 1901 Census
  5. Leeds Mercury - Wednesday 02 January 1901
  6. Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Thursday 07 November 1901
  7. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Thursday 07 November 1901
  8. Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser - Friday 21 February 1941