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James Ponsford (1840-1902)
1902 Obituary 
. . . . In 1856 he was articled as a pupil to the firm of Thomas Richardson and Sons, engineers and shipbuilders, of Hartlepool, and on the completion of his pupilage in 1861 he became a draughtsman in the works of Palmer Brothers, of Jarrow, Newcastle-on-Tyne.
After remaining at Jarrow for two years, he came to London in 1863, and was employed by the late Anthony Ritson, the contractor, on the Temple section of the Victoria Embankment, and on the Midland Railway extension into London.
In 1867 Mr. Ponsford was appointed Assistant Locomotive Superintendent on the Varna and Kiistchiick Railway in European Turkey, and from 1871 to 1874 he acted as Chief Mechanical Engineer on the Salonika and Uskup line of the Ottoman Railway Company. . . . [more]