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Percy Richardson

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April 1940.

Percy Richardson (c1878-1955) of Foster, Yates and Thom and Sheffield-Simplex Motor Works

1878 Born in Nottingham on 20 February

1897 entered the motor trade

Drove in all early motor trials, including the 1,000 Mile Trial of 1900, and won a first prize

1900 P. Richardson was in the motor trade, of 47, Holborn Viaduct, E.C. (Daimler Motor Co)

1901 June. London manager for Daimler.[1]; consulted by King Edward VII in regard to cars

1903/4 for first time directed the complete design of a car, the Brotherhood, later known as the Sheffield-Simplex.

1904 'RICHARDSON, Percy. Car: Brotherhood. Was for several years London manager of the Daimler Motor Co., but resigned in December, 1903, to take up the general management and a seat on the Board of the Brotherhood-Crocker Motors, Ltd., a private company recently formed in connection with the old established engineering firm of Peter Brotherhood, Westminster Bridge, London. The Brotherhood-Crocker Motors, Ltd., intend manufacturing a high-class motor carriage on simplified Mercedes lines, and also cars and wagons for commercial purposes. Mr. Richardson has been a motorist since 1897, and has toured on a motor in every part of Great Britain. He desires to see England the chief motor manufacturing country of the world. Clubs: Nottingham Automobile, A.C.G.B. & I.' [2]

1906/7 directed the works at Sheffield for the production of "Sheffield-Simplex" cars

1910 Biographical information and image at Automotor Journal 19100402

1911 Living at Pendennis, Dore, near Sheffield: Percy Richardson (age 33 born Nottingham), Motor car Engineer working for a Motor Car Manufacturer. With his wife Annie Richardson (age 32 born Dublin) and their daughter Shelagh Patria Richardson (age 4 born West Norwood). Two servants.[3]

1918 Received O.B.E.

1919 Left the position of Man. Dir. of Sheffield-Simplex Motor Works

1923 Having been engaged in the development and production of cars up to this date, then moved into other work.

1934 Chr. and Man Dir. Thomas Try, Ltd., Hanwell; Man. Dir. Burn Silent Gears Ltd., London.

1939 Percy Richardson 61, Automobile & Aero Engineer (In War Production), lived in Fulham with Patricia A Richardson, 61, Shelagh P Richardson 33[4]

1955 Died in Fulham[5]

1955 Obituary [6]

We have also learned with regret of the death, on October 8th, of Mr. Percy Richardson, a director and former chairman of Foster, Yates and Thorn, Ltd., Blackburn.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Autocar 1901/06/22
  2. Motoring Annual and Motorist’s Year Book 1904
  3. 1911 Census
  4. 1939 register
  5. BMD
  6. The Engineer 1955/11/04