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1897. Decorative features of first-class cars of the South Eastern Railway - from designs of Harry Smith Wainwright.
1897. Decorative features of first-class cars of the South Eastern Railway - from designs of Harry Smith Wainwright.

Harry Smith Wainwright (1864-1925) of the South Eastern Railway

1864 Born the son of William Wainwright

1871 Living at Rainbow Villa, Claines, Worcs: William Wainwright (age 31 born Leeds), Mechanical Engineer, Superintendent of Locomotive and Carriage Department G.W.R. With his wife Jessie Loudon Wainwright (age 32 born Scotland) and their children; John William Wainwright (age 9 born Claines, Worcs.); Lennox Wainwright (age 8 born St. Martins, Worcs); Harry Smith Wainwright (age 6 born Claines, Worcs.); Jane Maude Wainwright (age 4 born Claines, Worcs.); and Edmond Gordon Wainwright (age 2 born Claines, Worcs.). One servant.[1]

1881 Living at 43 Howard Street, Normanton, Derby: William Wainwright (age 47 born Leeds), Assistant Carriage Superintendent - Midland Railway Co. With his wife Jessie L. Wainwright (age 42 born Scotland) and their children; John W. Wainwright (age 19 born Worcester), Pupil Carriage Department of Midland Railway; Harry S. Wainwright (age 16 born Worcester), Clark Saw Mill, Derby; Jane Maud Wainwright (age 14 born Worcester); Edward G. Wainwright (age 12 born Worcester); George P. Wainwright (age 9 born Worcester); Albert Wainwright (age 8 born Worcester); Jessie L. Wainwright (age 6 born Worcester); and Edith Wainwright (age 4 born Worcester).[2]

* 1925 Obituary[3]

OUR readers, who will remember the good work done by Mr. Wainwright on the South-Eastern Railway before his retirement in 1913, at the early age of fifty owing to ill-health, will hear with regret of his sudden death on Saturday last, September 19th. Mr. Wainwright was born on November 16th, 1864, and when he was no more than fourteen years of age entered the service of the Midland Railway Company, where he worked for three and a half years in the saw mills and carriage-building shops under Mr. T. G. Clayton, the superintendent. In 1882 he joined the South-Eastern Railway Company, where he worked under his father, the late Mr. W. Wainwright, who was at the time carriage and wagon superintendent of the company. A few years later he was employed as draughtsman under Mr. Thomas Whitelegg in the locomotive department of the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway, but in 1889 he returned to the South-Eastern Railway as inspector. A year later he was made works manager in the carriage and wagon department, and in 1895 was appointed by the directors of the South-Eastern Railway as carriage and wagon superintendent. In 1899 he became chief locomotive engineer and carriage and wagon superintendent of the same railway, on the occasion of the amalgamation of that line with the London, Chatham and Dover Railway. He held that position for about fourteen years, during which a great deal of important rolling stock and locomotives was turned out to his design at the Ashford Works.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1871 Census
  2. 1881 Census
  3. The Engineer 1925/09/25