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Sir Harry Livesey, K.B.E. and G.B.E., civil engineer, son of James Livesey, civil engineer and Sarah Ford Livesey [Whittle]
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Harry Livesey was born in Spain on 30th May 1860 and named Fernando Harry Whitehead Livesey as he was born on St. Fernando's day. His parents, James Livesey (183-1925), civil engineer, and Sarah Ford Whittle (1839-1903), had married at Preston in 1858 and departed soon after to work for the Santander and Altar Railway Company. On return to England James set up business in Manchester as 'James Livesey, Engineer and General Agent' which flourished throughout his life with contracts across North and South America as well as in Spain.

Harry, as he was known, joined his father's business in 1886. The business expanded in 1894 to form 'Livesey Son and Henderson' when joined with Sir Brodie Haldane Henderson (1869-1936), civil and military engineer. The company became one of the foremost consulting engineers of the period, specialising in railway projects and operting worldwide.

During WWI, Harry served as Deputy Director of Inland Waterways and Docks at the War Office from August 1916 to May 1917, when he became Director of Contracts at the Admiralty, holding the post until December 1918. He was knighted as Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in 1918 and raised to Knight Grand Cross (GBE) in the 1920 civilian war honours.

Harry never married and died at the age of 72, at sea, where he is buried, on 21st June 1932. He, and his family and near relations, are remembered in the family's graveyard at St. Denys, Rotherfield and he is commemorated on the North wall window of the church


Date
Type
Information
Source
 
30th May 1860
Born
In the Country of Spain; named as Fernando Harry Whitehead Livesey
1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex

Gary Kendall's records
 
5th Apr 1891
Census
At Green Hill Private House in the Parish of Rotherfield, Sussex; Harry Livesey, M, Head, single, age 30, born Spain (British Subject); occupation: civil engineer
1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
 
21st Jun 1932
Died
At on board his yacht Jeanette in the harbour of Monaco; aged 72 years; personal effects £211,333 9s. 2d.
Probate Registry of England and Wales
Gary Kendall's records
 
after 21st Jun 1932
Buried
At Sea
Gary Kendall's records
 
after 21st Jun 1932
In memory
At St. Denys Church in the Parish of Rotherfield, Sussex
Monumental Inscriptions at St. Denys Church, Rotherfield
 
Windows - North Wall

To the Glory of God and in loving memory of Sir HARRY LIVESEY, G.B.E., who died 21 June 1932
An eminent Engineer, wise, resolute and just, he rendered distinguished service to his country in the Great War, and inspired the deepest affection in his relatives & friends
 
c 1955
In memory
At St. Denys Church in the Parish of Rotherfield, Sussex; Plot 94
Gary Kendall's records
 
Angel monument and flat gravestone surrounded by yew hedge

James Livesey
bom May 11th 1831 died February 3rd 1925
In loving and affectionate memory of Sarah Ford Livesey
who died 9th June 1903
Beloved by all
Also of Ada Lilian the beloved wife of Colonel W. A. Liddel and daughter of James and Sarah Ford Livesey
who died on the 17th May 1915 in the 46th year of her age
Also of Frederick William Livesey born Nov 6th 1862 died Sept 6th 1929 buried at Walton on Thames
Robin Livesey beloved youngest son of Frederick William & Nadine Livesey born Nov 30th 1911 died Dec 10th 1932
Also James William Livesey beloved eldest son born March 9th 1902 died Feb 27th 1938
Also of Sir Harry Livesey CBE eldest son of James and Sarah Livesey born May 30th 1860 died June 21st 1932 buried at sea
John Stephenson Livesey youngest son of James and Sarah Livesey born September 7th 1 864 died February 18th 1937 buried at Stansted Essex
And of John Livesey who died March 7th 1895 aged 72 years
Also of John Ford who died at Kew May 30th 1899 aged 73 years
Also of
Eliza Ford who died December 27th 1901 aged 73 years
Also of Eric Norman Livesey Walker beloved son of Henry E and Florence Livesey Walker and grandson of James Livesey who died May 26th 1935 aged 42 years
In memory of Flight Lieutenant Eric Walker RAF great grandson of James Livesey born March 18th 1920 missing August 1st 1942
Also Florence Livesey Walker eldest daughter of James Livesey who died October 1st 1951 in her ninetieth year

Ancestor's report
No descendent's report
Livesey individual records
The ancestral pedigree of Sir Harry Livesey, K.B.E. and G.B.E., civil engineer
  
 John Liveseym: c 1790Jennet Ainsworth 
 b: c 1770
d: 1801 died of consumption
  b: c 1770
d: 1801 died of consumption
  
  
 Joseph William 
 b: 5th Mar 1794 Walton-le-Dale, Lancashire
ch: 26th Mar 1794 Walton-le-Dale
d: 2nd Sep 1884 Bank Parade, Preston, Lancashire, Personal estate: £9,399 9s. 3d.
 
    
Great-
Grandfather record
   
   
   
 Joseph William Livesey
founder of the Temperence Societies and Newspaper proprietor
m: 30th May 1815 St. Peter's Church, LiverpoolJane Williams 
 b: 5th Mar 1794 Walton-le-Dale, Lancashire
ch: 26th Mar 1794 Walton-le-Dale
d: 2nd Sep 1884 Bank Parade, Preston, Lancashire, Personal estate: £9,399 9s. 3d.
  b: 1796 Wales, daughter of Griffith and Mary Williams
d: Apr to June 1869 aged 73 years registered at Kendal District, Westmorland ref: 1869 Q2 Vol 10b Page 423
  
              
William  Joseph  John  Howard  Jane  Alfred Franklin Edwin Priscilla 
b: 10th Jul 1816 Preston, Lancashire, twin
d: 11th Dec 1909
  b: 3rd Aug 1818 Preston, Lancashire
d: 10th Mar 1875
  b: 27th Mar 1822 Preston, Lancashire
d: 7th Mar 1895 aged 72 years
  b: 15th May 1825 Preston, Lancashire, died in infancy  b: 21st Feb 1829 Preston, Lancashire  b: 22nd May 1833 Preston, Lancashire b: 16th Jun 1836 Preston, Lancashire
d: 15th Jan 1871
 b: 13th Nov 1837 Preston, Lancashire
d: 16th Aug 1840
 
  Unnamed Priscilla Newton Howard James      
  b: 10th Jul 1816 Preston, Lancashire, twin
d: 10th Jul 1816
 b: 26th May 1820 Preston, Lancashire, died in infancy b: 22nd Aug 1823 Preston, Lancashire b: 8th Apr 1827 Preston, Lancashire
d: 4th Feb 1882
 b: 11th May 1831 Preston, Lancashire
d: 3rd Feb 1925 4 Whitehall Court, Westminster, London, aged 92 years; died of pneumonia; personal effects: £302210 12s. 5d.
bur: 6th Feb 1925 Rotherfield, Sussex
      
                 
Grandfather record
   
   
   
 James Livesey
civil engineer
m: Oct to Dec 1858
registered at Preston District, Lancashire ref: 1858 Q4 Vol 8e Page 583
Sarah Ford Whittle 
 b: 11th May 1831 Preston, Lancashire
d: 3rd Feb 1925 4 Whitehall Court, Westminster, London, aged 92 years; died of pneumonia; personal effects: £302210 12s. 5d.
bur: 6th Feb 1925 Rotherfield, Sussex
  b: 1839
d: 9th Jun 1903 aged 64 years registered at Haslingden District, Lancashire ref: 1903 Q3 Vol 8e Page 75
  
      
 Harry Florence Frederick William John Stephenson Ada Lilian 
 b: 30th May 1860 Spain, named as Fernando Harry Whitehead Livesey
d: 21st Jun 1932 on board his yacht Jeanette in the harbour of Monaco, aged 72 years; personal effects £211,333 9s. 2d.
bur: after 21st Jun 1932 At Sea
 b: 1861
d: 1st Oct 1951 aged 90 years
 b: 6th Nov 1862 Kew, Surrey registered at Richmond District, Surrey ref: 1863 Q2 Vol 2a Page 236
d: 6th Sep 1929 Hazelmere, Beechwood Avenue, Weybridge, Surrey, personal effects: £1847 11s. 8d.
bur: after 6th Sep 1929 Walton-on-Thames
 b: 7th Sep 1864 Kew, Surrey registered at Richmond District, Surrey ref: 1865 Q1 Vol 2a Page 266
d: 18th Feb 1937 South Lodge, Sandgate, Kent, personal effects: £16146 14s. 7d.
bur: after 18th Feb 1937 Stansted, Essex
 b: Oct to Dec 1867 Kew, Surrey registered at Richmond District, Surrey ref: 1867 Q4 Vol 2a Page 280
d: 17th May 1915 aged 46 years
 
              
Parental record

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