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Colonel Ralph Peacock (1838-1928), M I C E, M I Mech E, member of Iron and Steel Institute 
1838 Born in Leeds, eldest son of Richard Peacock
c.1854 Began technical training at Beyer, Peacock and Co, Gorton.
1865 Joined the Lancashire Artillery Volunteers
1885 of Beyer, Peacock and Co, Gorton Foundry, Manchester.
He designed a number of innovative machine tools, including the successful planetary grinder.
1889 Succeeded his father as managing director
1891 Retired from volunteers with honorary rank of colonel
1902 Accepted a seat on the board when the company went public
1905 Retired from business; moved to Avon Castle at Kingswood near Christchurch
1915 Moved to Sunninghill (Sunningdale?), Berkshire
1928 Died at Sunninghill