Kinematograph Weekly (10/Oct/1935) - Two More Veterans Pass On

The following is a transcription of a historic journal article and may contain occasional errors.


H. Vernon and W. A. Lawrie-Dickson

Harry Vernon, one of the pioneers of the kinema in this country, has died at his home, Bradford Road, Huddersfield, aged 59.

Soon after he opened the Electric Picturedrome at Holmfirth, in 1912, Mr. Vernon collaborated with Bamforth and Co., a firm of photographers at Holmfirth, who were experimenting with a bioscope camera, and he gave them their first commission for a motion picture.

Later he was associated with the making of the Bamforth comedies. This venture was dropped when the European War came; it was Mr. Vernon's conviction that but for the war Holmfirth would have become a centre of the English film Industry.

Mrs. Vernon, and occasionally Mr. Vernon, appeared in the comedies, and so did Archie Pitt, husband of Gracie Fields.

Mr. Vernon was manager of the Huddersfield Plcturedrome from 1915 to 1933. He was a foundation member of the Huddersfield Amusements Association, attended C.E.A. meetings, and was a member of the Kinema Veterans.

Another loss sustained by the Veterans is that of W. A. Lawrie-Dickson, whose death has just occurred at Twickenham at the age of 75. He was associated with T. A. Edison and was confidential collaborator in many of his early inventions, including moving pictures and Kinetophone, the first talkie.