JEFFERIES, Harold Sellis

1871 - 1917

Born Sellis Harold Jefferies at Ipswich on 13 October 1871 and baptised at St Helen's church, Ipswich on 22 February 1872, only son of John Robert Jefferies, engineer, and his wife Mary Anne, daughter of James Allen Ransome, ironfounder, who married at Ipswich in 1865. In 1881, a 10 year old living at St Helen's Lodge, Ipswich with his parents, 40 year old John and 42 year old Mary, and his three sisters, Mary 12, Elizabeth 7 and Marguerite 5. Educated at Marlborough College, in 1888 he entered the Orwell Works of Messrs Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies, Ipswich, of which his father was managing director, and passed through all the departments. In 1893 he began to assist his father in the management of the factory and in 1894 and 1896 he paid prolonged visits to Argentina for the purpose of reporting upon any modifications in the design of traction engines and thrashing machines necessary to the special requirements of that country. On the death of his father in September 1900, appointed a director and rapidly assuming complete responsibility for all manufacturing. In 1911 a 39 year old mechanical engineer & ironfounder, living at 6 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich with three servants. On the outbreak of the First World War, with the problem of munitions supplies, he rendered valuable services to the Ministry of Munitions and served for some years as an officer in the Essex and Suffolk Royal Garrison Artillery, being Captain of the Ipswich Company, and he represented the Ipswich Corporation on the Suffolk Territorial Force Association. A Life Member of the Ipswich Art Club 1913-1916 from Lower Brook Street, Ipswich but did not exhibit. He died at Sidmouth, Devon, after an operation for appendicitis, on 1 June 1917, aged 45, he was unmarried.