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John William Sankey

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John William Sankey (c1855-1913) chairman of Joseph Sankey and Sons

eldest son of Mr. Joseph Sankey

1861 Living at 32 Dudley Street, Bilston: Joseph Sankey (age 34 born Bilston), Master Blank Maker employing 8 men and 7 boys. Iron Master employing 6 men and 2 boys. With his wife Emma Sankey (age 32 born Bilston) and their five children; Mary J. Sankey (age 9 born Bilston); Emma Jane Sankey (age 7 born Bilston); John W. Sankey (age 5 born Bilston); Hannah B. Sankey (age 3 born Bilston); and Ann E. Sankey (age 1 born Bilston). One servant.[1]

1911 Living at Albany Hotel, Robertson Terrace, Hastings: John William Sankey (age 55 born Bilston), Chairman of Directors. With his wife Elizabeth Sankey (age 52 born Wolverhampton). Married 27 years with six children.[2]

1913 Obituary [3]

JOHN WILLIAM SANKEY died on November 2, 1913, at Luddington, Stratford-on-Avon, at the age of fifty-eight. He was chairman of Joseph Sankey & Sons, Limited, of Bilston. He was one of the best known men in South Staffordshire, and was the eldest son of the late Mr. Joseph Sankey, of Bilston, an ironworker who subsequently acquired and successfully carried on important ironworks in that town.

On the death of the founder, Mr. J. W. Sankey assumed the direction of the concern, and, with the capable assistance of his brothers, greatly enlarged the scope of its operations. Departments were opened for the manufacture of iron and tinplate wares, tinned and enamel hollow-ware, and many other specialties. He took a deep interest in the advancement of technical education, and was largely instrumental in securing the erection of a technical college at Bilston.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1890.

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