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Sir Alfred Mellor Watkin (1846-1914), director of the South Eastern Railway
We regret to have to announce that Sir Alfred Mellor Watkin died at Folkestone on Monday night last. Sir Alfred, who was the only son of the late Sir Edward Watkin, was born in Manchester in August, 1846, and was educated at private schools. In 1863 he was apprenticed in the locomotive department of the West Midland Railway, being transferred in 1864 to the corresponding department of the Manchester and Sheffield Railway. In the next year, when only nineteen years of age, he qualified as an express engine driver. Two years later he was appointed locomotive inspector on the London, Chatham and Dover Railway, and he accepted a similar position on the South Eastern Railway, of which company he became locomotive superintendent in 1873. In 1878 he was also made a director of the company and was chairman of its locomotive committee of directors from 1880 to 1900 he succeeded his father in the title of baronet in 1901. He was a deputy lieutenant for the county of Middlesex, a justice of the peace in the county of Kent, and Chevalier of the Order of Leopold of Belgium.