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John Hutchinson Sharp

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John Hutchinson Sharp (1860-1913) of Sharp, Stewart and Co


1913 Obituary [1]

JOHN HUTCHINSON SHARP was born at Farndon, Buckinghamshire, on 15th July 1860, being the eldest son of the late Rev. John Prior Sharp, of Longstowe, Cambridgeshire, and grandson of John Sharp, one of the founders of the firm of Messrs. Sharp, Stewart and Co., Atlas Works, Manchester.

He was educated at Uppingham School, and afterwards served an apprenticeship at the Atlas Works, with which establishment he continued to be associated throughout his career. Shortly after the completion of his apprenticeship he was appointed assistant works manager, a position he held until the removal of the firm to Glasgow in 1888, on the expiration of the firm's lease of the Atlas Works, Manchester, when the works of the Clyde Locomotive Company at Springburn were acquired, and which have since been known as the Atlas Works, Glasgow.

He took up his duties in Glasgow as the assistant to the Managing Director of the firm, and in this capacity he paid several business visits to Brazil and other places abroad.

In 1903, when the North British Locomotive Co., Ltd., was formed by the amalgamation of the three locomotive building establishments in Glasgow, he was appointed Managing Director of the Atlas Works, a position he held until his death.

In all matters pertaining to locomotive design and construction he displayed a keen and enthusiastic interest, being specially alive to all the recent developments in this important branch of engineering.

His death took place after a brief illness at his residence in Glasgow on 6th November. 1913, at the age of fifty-three.

He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1895.


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