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Robert Gordon Sharp

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Robert Gordon Sharp (1864-1917), general manager of the Leeds Forge Co

1917 Obituary [1]

ROBERT GORDON SHARP was born at Keith, Banffshire, on 19th March 1864.

He was educated at Gordon's College, Aberdeen, and the Yorkshire College, Leeds.

His apprenticeship was served in the locomotive shops of the Great North of Scotland Railway Co., at Aberdeen, from 1882 to 1887, when he went into the drawing-office for a year. Later he went into the drawing-office at Kitson and Co.'s Airedale Foundry, Leeds.

Subsequently he held appointments in the locomotive departments of the Great North of Scotland Railway at Aberdeen and of the Midland Railway at Derby.

In 1904 he was appointed assistant works manager to the Leeds Forge Co., and in 1911, when Mr. F. L. Lane became managing director, succeeded him as general manager.

His death took place at Chapel Allerton, Leeds, on 21st March 1917, at the age of fifty-three.

He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1905.

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