Frederick Harrison

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Harrison carcatured by Spy for Vanity Fair, 1894

Lieutenant Colonel Sir Frederick Harrison (1844 – 31 December 1914) was railway manager and an officer in the British Army's Engineer and Railway Volunteer Staff Corps.

At the age of twenty, Harrison became a clerk on the London and North Western Railway (LNWR) at Shrewsbury. He rose through the ranks, working at Euston under George Findlay, the General Goods Manager; a later post was that of Assistant District Superintendent at Liverpool, and in 1874 he moved to the equivalent job at Chester. He remained there for a year before, aged 31, becoming Assistant Superintendent of the Line. Ten years after this he was appointed Chief Goods Manager of the LNWR. His next promotion was in 1893, when he became General Manager of the LNWR, a post he held until the end of 1908.[1] The following year he joined the Board of the South Eastern Railway, very soon becoming Deputy Chairman, and also being appointed to the South Eastern & Chatham Railway Companies Joint Management Committee; he served these bodies until his death.[2][3]

He was made a knight bachelor in 1902.[4]


  1. ^ Nock, O.S. (1968). North Western. Shepperton: Ian Allan. pp. 90–91,142. ISBN 0-7110-0016-6. 
  2. ^ Nock, O.S. (1971) [1961]. The South Eastern and Chatham Railway. Shepperton: Ian Allan. p. 144. ISBN 0-7110-0268-1. 
  3. ^ Dendy Marshall, C.F.; Kidner, R.W. (1963) [1937]. History of the Southern Railway (2nd ed.). Shepperton: Ian Allan. pp. 359,361. ISBN 0-7110-0059-X. 
  4. ^ "No. 27510". The London Gazette. 30 December 1902. p. 8967. 


  • ‘HARRISON, Lt-Col Sir Frederick’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 accessed 22 Dec 2010(subscription required)

Further reading[edit]

  • Sekon, G.A., ed. (September 1897). "Illustrated Interviews, no. 3: Frederick Harrison". The Railway Magazine. I (3). 
Business positions
Preceded by
Sir George Findlay
General Manager of the London and North Western Railway
Succeeded by
Frank Ree