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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

James Voase Rank

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James Voase Rank (1881–1952)

1881 Born in Hull son of Joseph Rank (1854-1943).

Educated at Hymers College, Hull, and at Weston College, Harrogate.

Trained with a firm of wheat merchants, and then joined his father's company, Joseph Rank, on the commercial side, becoming a prominent wheat buyer on the Baltic exchange.

1907 Made a director of the company

1907 Married Ursula Mary Ferrier; they had a daughter.

James was his father's right-hand man

As managing director, James steadily increased the number of the company's mills, and became a national figure in the milling business.

1926 Divorced his wife

1927 Married a divorcee, Mrs Patricia Edytha Morgan (d. 1954). There were no children of the marriage.

1928–9 President of the Millers' National Association; he devised a scheme for rationalizing the industry, which involved quotas and the buying-in of redundant capacity.

1938 Helped the government to build up a strategic reserve of wheat

Later was director of the Ministry of Food's imported cereals division, a post he continued to hold until his death.

Gave generously to hospitals and charitable institutions

1952 Died at the London Clinic

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Sources of Information

  • Biography of Joseph Rank, ODNB