Thursday, 10 January 2013

Guinness Drivers

A letter to Colonel Collard, ASC, dated 16th Dec 1914 lists 16 Straker Squires, 35hp, capable of carrying 4 tons; these were the subject of an earlier request by the military (8/11/1914 and 8/12/1914) for 16 x 3 ton lorries for use in case of an emergency in Ireland only.

As at 9th May 1917, Guinness had 11 Straker Squires left (8 valued at £30 and 3 at £40) and 13 Milnes-Daimlers and appeared happy to give the military the Straker Squires but not the Milnes-Daimlers (or the steam wagons)

Guinness appeared to use a numbering system for their vehicles. A note dated 18th April 1918 has

No 2 4 ton Straker Squire valued at £20 (after recent overhaul and paint)
No 4 4 ton Straker Squires valued at £20 (after recent overhaul and paint)
No 23 4 ton Milnes Daimler valued at £87-18-11
No 28 4 ton Milnes Daimler valued at £94-13-11

Guinness lorries in Liverpool (no's 11, 12 and 13) had been requisitioned by the military in August 1914.

In Oct 1913, the Dublin office had a list of drivers, their numbers, date they entered service, date appointed as a driver, and wage per week. (All Straker Squires drivers I'm assuming)

8471 Ledwidge, Henry 18/10/99 14/06/09 49/-
8420 Fleming, James 1/9/99 11/10/09 37/-
7637 Dunne, John 3/9/96 8/8/10 35/-
10690 Hilton, L(onie) 10/02/04 27/12/09 32/- (served during WW1, Royal Navy)
7185 Dillon, William 23/09/95 28/7/09 33/-
7496 Prior, Daniel 8/9/98 11/10/09 33/-

Other drivers were appointed
25/04/10 x 1
13/3/11 x 2
1/11/11 x 2
24/1/12 x 2
22/3/12 x1
10/5/12 x2
13/9/12 x2
15/11/12 x 3

As at 27/1/1914 the following Milnes-Daimler drivers were working at Guinness with their join date :

F Page 8/11/13
C Frisby 8/11/13
R Moon 8/11/13
J Sassiene 12/11/13
H Francis 12/11/13
P Green 12/11/13
G Taylor 19/11/13

Guinness appears to have hired tyres from Dunlop at 1 1/4 pence per mile.

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