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Colonel Ralph Peacock (1838-1928), M I C E, M I Mech E, member of Iron and Steel Institute 
1838 Born in Leeds, eldest son of Richard Peacock
c.1854 Began technical training at Beyer, Peacock and Co, Gorton.
1860 Sent to Paris to gain further experience at the workshops of E. Gouin and Co in the design of bridges, dredgers, etc
1865 Joined the Lancashire Artillery Volunteers
1885 of Beyer, Peacock and Co, Gorton Foundry, Manchester.
1889 Succeeded his father as managing director
1891 Retired from volunteers with honorary rank of colonel
1902 Accepted a seat on the board when the company went public
1905 Retired from business; moved to Kingswood near Christchurch
1915 Moved to Sunninghill
1928 Died at Sunninghill