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Henry Garner

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First shop in Hospital St, Nantwich (Henry Garner on right).
Henry Garner, Fireman in Nantwich.
March 1912.
January 1913. Humber: Humberette.
January 1920.
September 1925.
August 1928.
1933. Overhead Suspension System for Bogie of Six Wheeler.
Henry Garner - 1935.
Henry Garner in a Simplex car, note tyres before studded.

Henry Garner Ltd of Moseley Motor Works, Alcester Road, Birmingham produced commercial vehicles from 1909.


Opened Garner’s Cycle Depot selling Rudge-Whitworth bicycles as well as carrying out repairs.

1907 Moseley Motor Works commenced business.

1909 Name changed to Henry Garner Ltd.

1913 April. Advert for a the Garner Carburettor. [1]

1913-1917 Imported the Garner (American). For a list of the models and prices of Petrol Motor Commercial Vehicles see the 1917 Red Book

1925 Opened a new works on Kings Road, Tyseley and commenced building a lorry of own design

1927 Name changed to Garner Motors Ltd.

1931 Introduced a new range of lorries with forward-control

1933 The company was merged with Sentinel and the 4JO was produced at the Shrewsbury works until 1936.

1938 Company sold to a consortium of ex-Dodge employees who set up at Willesden

1961 Motor car agents and engineers. [2]


In 1921 the first PSV was produced - the Garner Patent Busvan. This vehicle was aimed at country carriers, could carry up to 20 passengers, and was 1.75 tons

1925 PSV of normal-control layout was produced with a low frame and four-wheel brakes.

1928 High speed passenger chassis was launched for a 20 seat bus or coach bodywork.

1933 The Precursor 20 seater and Progressor were introduced.

Obituary of Henry Garner

Henry GARNER, born in Spurstow, Cheshire in the parish of Bunbury on the 23rd December 1876.

He had two sisters, Frances and Hannah and some cousins with the surname Parker-Garner.

He married at Whitchurch to Emily Sarah Davies on October 21st 1900.

They had one daughter, Dorothy Davies WALL (nee Garner).

He opened the shop of Garner’s Cycle Depot selling Rudge-Whitworth bicycles as well as carrying out repairs. His employee was Parker-Garner.

He founded the firm of Henry Garner Ltd in 1908 in Moseley, Birmingham. He was reasonably successful and during the First World War realised that there was an opening for commercial vehicles maybe could have been used by the Army. There were no British Trucks to be had so he travelled to America and contacted a source who hasn’t been named until now. He was Willard GRAMM (spelling not substantiated). This was a successful period for the firm and round about 1934, Sentinel Trucks became interested in the business hence Sentinel-Garner Trucks.

Sadly in 1935, Henry Garner struck financial troubles and the receivers were called in. Although the Garner name carried on for a while.

Henry Garner retired in 1938 and eventually went to live in Torquay, Devon.

He died in 1949 at the age of 72.[3]

List of Models

See Also


Sources of Information

  • British Lorries 1900-1992 by S. W. Stevens-Stratten. Pub. Ian Allen Publishing
  • Ian Allan - British Buses Since 1900 - Aldridge and Morris
  • Birmingham’s Industrial Heritage by Ray Shill. Published by Sutton Publishing 2002. ISBN 0-7509-2593-0