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Norman Alfred Yarrow

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Norman Alfred Yarrow (1891-1955), born and registered as Alfred Norman Yarrow

1891 July 10th. Born at Hampstead the son of Alfred Yarrow and his wife Florence Minnie Franklin. Note: Both the civil registration and his baptism at St. Peter's, Belsize Park, he is shown as Alfred Norman Yarrow

1911 Living at 8 Strathray Gardens, Hampstead: Norman Alfred Yarrow (age 19 born Hampstead), Apprentice at Motor Car Works. Three servants.[1]

1915 November 9th. Married in Canada to Ada Hope Leeder.

1955 June 25th. Died at New Claridges Hotel, London. Of Orchard Gate R.R., 2 Royal Oak, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.


1955 Obituary [2]

Shipbuilders and especially those engaged in the industry in Canada will have learnt with regret of the death of Norman Alfred Yarrow, which occurred suddenly in London while on his way to Spain for a holiday.

Norman Yarrow, who was born at Blackheath on July 10, 1891, was the second on of the late Sir Alfred Yarrow, Bt., and brother of Sir Harold Yarrow, Bt., the chairman and managing director of Yarrow and Co., Ltd., and was educated at the University College School, London.

His early engineering training was obtained with D. Napier and Son, and then for two year he gained further experience at the work of W. H. Allen, Sons and Co., Ltd., at Bedford.

At the end of 1913 the British Columbia Marine Railway Company' holdings at Esquimalt were taken over by Yarrow and Co., Ltd., and in the following year Norman Yarrow went to Canada to take charge of the yard and continued to direct the shipbuilding and repair operation until the business was sold a few year ago. The yard, situated on the southern shore of Esquimalt Harbour, developed into an important shipbuilding, marine engineering and ship repair centre under the control and direction of Norman Yarrow, helped to a considerable extent by the building of a large dry dock at nearby Lang Cove by the Federal Government.

After the sale of the business to other interests Norman Yarrow, who had spent practically the whole of his working life in Canada, continued to make his home in Vancouver and was an infrequent visitor to this country.



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Sources of Information

  1. 1911 Census
  2. The Engineer 1955/07/08