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Richard Pearce

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Richard Pearce (1843-1898) of the Howrah Works

1851 Living at Coventry Road, Aston: Richard Pearce (age 55 born London), merchant's Clerk. With his wife Ann Pearce (age 47 born Wolverhampton) and their four children; Robert W. Pearce (age 19 born Macclesfield), Carriage Builder; Mary A. Pearce (age 17 born Macclesfield); George W. Pearce (age 14 born Macclesfield); Richard Pearce (age 8 born Macclesfield).[1]

Deputy Carriage and Wagon Superintendent, East Indian Railway, Howrah, Bengal, India : (or care of W. J. Titley, 57 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, W.C.)

1898 Obituary [2]

RICHARD PEARCE was born in Birmingham in 1843, and was educated at King Edward's Grammar School in that city.

After serving his time 1850-60 in the railway carriage and wagon works of Messrs. Brown Marshalls and Co. at Saltley, he was sent out to India in 1861 to assist his elder brother Mr. Robert Webb Pearce (Proceedings 1890, page 292) in the carriage and wagon department of the East Indian Railway at Howrah, Calcutta.

In 1867 he was appointed assistant carriage superintendent; and on his brother's death in 1889 he succeeded him as carriage and wagon superintendent of the railway.

On account of failing eye-sight resulting from kidney disease he was invalided home in 1898; and whilst on a visit to his younger sons in Glasgow he died from apoplexy on 5th August 1898 at the age of fifty-five.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1873.

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