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Henry Johnson (of Kings Lynn)

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Henry Johnson (1877-1912), of H. Johnson and Co of Harrogate, automobile engineers

1877 Born in King's Lynn son of William H. Johnson and his wife Adelaide.

1901 Manager of carriage builders, lived in Leicester with his wife Alice A. Johnson 27, and son Philip H. H. Johnson, 7 mo[1]

1913 Obituary [2]

HENRY JOHNSON was born at King's Lynn on 2nd May 1877.

After he was educated at local schools, he began an apprenticeship of four years in the workshops of his father at King's Lynn, and on its completion remained for a year as improver.

In 1898 he started an automobile department for Mr. S. J. Tilley, carriage builder, Leicester, where he had entire control.

Four years later he joined his father and brothers in business at King's Lynn and Hunstanton, as Messrs. W. H. Johnson and Sons, general and automobile engineers. This arrangement was continued until June 1903, when he started on his own account at Harrogate, as automobile engineer, and soon established a successful business. His advice was often sought in settlement of accident claims.

His death took place at Brighton, after a long illness following an operation for appendicitis, on 27th December 1912, in his thirty- sixth year.

He became an Associate Member of this institution in 1906.

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