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Oliver North

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Oliver Danson North (c1887-1968) of North-Lucas

Born c1887 at Willesden Green the son of William North (a physiologist) and his wife Kate North

Oliver Danson North was a British engineer and automobile designer in the early twentieth century. He worked for Scammell from 1922. He was responsible, most notably, for the Scammell Pioneer, a three-axle heavy truck, and the three-wheeled Mechanical Horse, which subsequently evolved into the Scammell Scarab, a familiar sight on railway platforms and postal sorting offices.

He was also heavily involved in the design and manufacture by Scammell Lorries of the two '100 Tonners' low-loader vehicles, delivered in early 1930 to Marston Road Services in Liverpool and H. E. Coley in Dartford, Kent. The vehicle delivered to Marston Road Services, known as KD 9168, was used for the delivery of steam locomotives from the manufacturers to Liverpool docks.

Died 11th November 1968 at Haslemere in his 82nd year [1]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Thursday, Nov 14, 1968