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Harold Edward Sherwin Holt

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Lieutenant-Colonel Harold Edward Sherwin Holt (1862-1932)

1862. Birth

1896 Chairman of Swinburne and Co when the company was wound up[1]

1899. Director of Daimler

1903. Patent No. 25,984 A.D.1903 'An Appliance for Tracing Courses on Charts'. 'I, Harold Edward Sherwin Holt, Major, The Grange, Farnborough, Hants, do hereby declare the nature of this invention to be as follows: An apparatus for automatically tracing on a chart the course of a vessel. Either a pencil may be caused to move over a chart or the table carrying the chart may be actuated. The pencil or table is actuated by small electric motors or other motive power whose speed can be accurately and easily regulated...'

1904. Married 4 June 1904 Lt-Col Harold Edward Sherwin Holt CBE (d 3 Jan 1932), of Sandleford Priory, Berks

1911. The Grange, the seat of Mr. Harold Edward Sherwin Holt, present lord of Farnborough Manor, stands in a park, surrounded by an estate of about 400 acres, and was inherited by his mother, the late Mrs. M. Holt, from her uncle, Mr. Sherwin

1932. In loving memory of HAROLD E SHERWIN HOLT CBE of Sandleford Priory Berkshire only son of JOSEPH & MATILDA HOLT of Farnborough Grange born 11 October 1862 died 3 January 1932 [2]

Founder member of the Royal Automobile Club (RAC)

1903 Bio Note [3]

HOLT, H. E. SHERWIN.- A major in the Hants Carabineers Yeomanry, Mr. Holt's principal pursuits are shooting and automobilism. To the latter he has devoted considerable time. Amongst his principal achievements in this direction are the initiation of prominent leaders of society into the pleasures of motoring. Thus, the Prime Minister, the Lord Chancellor, Mr. Chaplin, who is responsible for the Locomotives on Highways Bill of 1896; Prince Louis Napoleon, and many others owe their first experiences to drives undertaken with Mr. Holt. To him fell the distinction of first entering the precincts of the House of Commons with a horseless vehicle, and what adds to the importance of the event is that the Right Hon. A. J. Balfour, M.P., and the Right Hon. H. Chaplin, M.P., accompanied him on his car on this memorable occasion. Until his resignation in 1900 Mr. Holt was a director of the Daimler Motor Company.

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Sources of Information

  1. The London Gazette 10 July 1896
  2. Memorial of St. Peters, Farnborough [1]
  3. 1903/02/26 Automobile Club Journal