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Otto Simon Henry Harcourt

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Otto Simon Henry Harcourt (1849-1915)

1915 Obituary [1]

OTTO SIMON HENRY HARCOURT, the eldest son of the late G. S. Harcourt, was born at Wraysbury, Bucks, on 25th January 1849.

He was educated at Felstead Grammar School, and served for three years, 1865 to 1868, as apprentice to Messrs. J. Simpson and Sons, London, after which he went to Messrs. Beyer and Peacock, Manchester, for one year.

He then entered the North London Railway Co.'s Locomotive Works at Bow in 1869, and in the following year went to the Landore Siemens Steel Co., Swansea, where he remained until 1873.

On leaving this firm he was engaged by Messrs. Cory Bros., Cardiff, for a time.

He was next appointed, in 1874, engineer to the Laurium Lead Co., at Ergasteria, Greece, and in 1875 went to Messrs. Thomas Hawksley and Son, with whom he remained until 1878.

He next became inspecting engineer for Sir A. M. Rendel, St. Paul's Railway Co., the New Zealand Government Engineers, Messrs. Hermans, Faulkiner and Tancred, and others.

In 1883 Mr. Harcourt commenced commercial life, and represented Messrs. Brown, Bayley and Dixon, of Sheffield, until 1887; the Bolton Iron and Steel Co., of Lancashire, from 1887 to 1890; Messrs. Taylor Bros. and Co., of Leeds, for eighteen years, and Messrs. Steel, Peech and Tozer, of Sheffield.

This firm he represented in Australia for seven years prior to his death, which took place in London on 5th November 1915, in his sixty-seventh year.

He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1891.

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