George Claude Lockhart Jr., circus ringmaster in United Kingdom
Born 1885 in United Kingdom
dead 1979 in United Kingdom
, son of elephant trainer George Lockhart Sr. and assistant director Nannette Knights .
George Claude Lockhart (1885–1979) was the first ringmaster to wear the "pink" hunter tails and top hat, and was referred to in his World's Fair obituary as "The Doyen of Ringmasters". He was best known for being the ringmaster of the International Circus at Belle Vue, Manchester, England, and Blackpool Tower Circus.
When he was not at school, George spent a lot of his time with the elephants Boney, Molly and Waddy and toured all over Europe with them. His father sold his original troupe of elephants in 1901 and bought four more from the animal dealer Carl Hagenbeck.
would be known as "Lockhart's Cruet" and would become notorious for causing the death of George William Lockhart. The elephant Waddy apparently almost killed him when he and his father were transporting the act across Europe by train.
According to George Claude Lockhart, they regularly stampeded and it was in one of these stampedes at Walthamstow station on 24 January 1904 that they killed their owner.
He was present when his father was killed during the stampede at Walthamstow station and was interviewed at the inquest. He saw the surviving members of this Group
of elephants, Salt and Saucy, when they worked at Belle Vue in 1938. This reunion was remarked upon in the World's Fair newspaper. When he was seventy The Express newspaper reported that George Lockhart had his arm crushed by the elephant Burma whilst he was taking visitors around the circus stables. According to the report he continued presenting the circus throughout the second half before being admitted to hospital for his injuries.
The elephants were sold by his widow and George Claude Lockhart went to pursue a career not involving animals. He worked for George Hengler in Glasgow with his water productions undertaking various roles until 1914.
Lockhart was also famous for the various accounts he gave on his time spent with his father's elephants. According to a new book on his father's elephants, The Legend of Salt and Sauce by Jamie Clubb,
much of George Lockhart's accounts on the elephants are romanticised versions of what actually happened, which alter in each progressive version.
George Claude Lockhart has been immortalised by having a road named after him. Lockhart Close was built by Wimpy Homes in 1987 on the former site of his beloved Belle Vue Zoo in Manchester. The small residential close is adjacent to Hoskins Close, named after Johnnie Hoskins and are both located off Ellen Wilkinson Crescent.
George Lockhart Jr. Born: 1885
Father:George LockhartBorn: 1849
Mother:Nannette KnightsBorn: abt. 1850