RT Tanner & Co Ltd


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BarnesThe photograph alongside was submitted for our Competition but failed to get a prize, although we are giving Mr Joe Handford (printing dept) a consolation award of half a guinea. The reason is rather unique, as the Bridegroom is Mr Tony Barnes, who runs our fastest printing machine, and his Bride runs our fastest envelope machine. What a combination! We take this belated opportunity of wishing Mr & Mrs Tony Barnes the best of luck.1961
BetteridgeOn October 1st 1954 Mr Ian Betteridge is starting as one of our representatives on the road. He joined the Company on 4 October 1954, and has undergone a full training our paper sales department and passed the advanced course of the NAPM training scheme with distinction. He will start in London and the Home Counties, and we wish him the best of Luck.1954, 1957
Bird G.Early in March our director George J. Bird , who retired from active participation in the Company some years ago underwent a serious operation. At the time of going to press he has come through the post operation period satisfactorily though at the age of 86 years, there remains anxiety as to his recovery.

Office staff outing 17 May 1958 Mr Arthur welcomed Mr George Bird, who, after 62 years on the active and retired list, had never missed an office outing, whenever one had been held; truly a remarkable performance.

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of our late director George J Bird on 30 October 1964. George Bird joined the Company in 1896 and was appointed Secretary in 1908, being elected a director in 1946. In 1949 he retired on pension. He was a quite remarkable man of a very military bearing and huge, carefully groomed white moustache. A fluent French linguist, he was never short of a fund of stories and anecdotes, which he enjoyed telling whilst rolling his own cigarettes containing a highly pungent French tobacco. Popular with all staff who came in contact with him he was firm yet kindness itself. On retirement he enjoyed good health though in the last two years his eyesight failed, and he passed away in his 94th year.
Bird P.Peter Bird Joined the company on 3 November 1969. He was previously purchasing officer, paper, print and stationery for a large nation company, and as such he has a wealth of knowledge from the consumer as well as the sellers point of view. He has taken over as representative in E.London and East Anglia. 1970
BridgemanWe have also lost a very valued servant of the Company in the person of Harry Bridgeman. Harry joined the company as a disabled soldier in 1917, having lost an arm in France. He was warehouseman and time-keeper in our Hutton Street factory and his prowess in handling large bundles with only one arm was well known in the neighbourhood and to the many people who visited our factory between the wars. Harry continued his work up to Friday night 1 February 1957, and was taken ill on the following day. He died peacefully on Monday 4th February aged 64 years. 1957
BurgessHarry Burgess Completed 40 years service as Transport Manager in 1957 1957
CollisEarly in September a party was held in our factory to say farewell to our women’s supervisor, Mrs. Collis, or Collie as she was known to everyone. Collie came to us soon after our move to Crayford from London. One of a large family, born and bred in Bermondsey, her stories of her youth never ceased to interest us oldies, who knew the conditions then ruling, but amazed the younger generations, who could not understand how a large family was brought up on a wage of £1 or possibly £2 per week with frequent periods of unemployment, no Social Security and only the dole of a few bob a week to fall back upon. She spent her whole life in the printing and paper industry. Collie undertook the training of all our young women from the time they first arrived with us, and she always went out of her way to look after their whole welfare. She has had to retire prematurely as her husband suffered from heart trouble and is no longer able to work. They have gone to live in Nuneaton near her son, who is a qualified solicitor. The works and factory presented her with a “Teas-Maid” and the Directors gave her a cheque. We wish them both a long and happy retirement, and Collie, we will miss you. 1973
CookW.E.Cook, our head guillotine cutter, retired on pension at the end of February. Bill Cook joined the Company in 1911 and except for service with the armed forces in the 1914-18 war, spent the whole of his working life in our employ. Bill continued to travel from London daily but is now residing at Footscray, Kent. We wish him a happy retirement and hope to see him occasionally at Crayford.
On 6th July 1969 Bill Cook died suddenly. Bill joined the Company in 1911 and was a guillotine cutter until he retired in February 1963. He lived at Footscray and visited us at Crayford several times.
DavenportD.W. Cavenport joined the Company 1 July 1964 from a Paper Mill. He represents us in West and South West London1964
DennisonAfter 45 years with the Company Mr Eric D Dennison (Den) has retired on pension. Den had been through practically every department in the firm and prior to the war was appointed factory manager, a position he continued to fill, apart from service in the R.A.S.C. in World War II, to the end of August 1963. Ever since we moved to Crayford Den has travelled from his home Upminster, and in spite of rail strikes, fog, snow and ice never failed to make the difficult journey somehow. He will not be leaving us altogether, as he has agreed to assist our sales force in the London office on a part-time basis. We doubt whether Den has ever made an enemy in his life. He has the great asset of being able to tell off anyone in a variety of ‘languages’, yet he is the friend of all. Now that he has retired from active service, we wish him many years of relaxation and happiness. Eric Dennison, our one timeworks manager, remains as cheerful as ever in Highams Park and often visits us at Crayford1963
DingwallRobert G Dingwall joined the Company 1 May 1970 as factory manager. Mr Dingwall brings with him a wealth of experience having been ten years with the Bowater Scott organisation as senior production supervisor and maintenance superintendent, followed by two years general manager of the Inveresk converting factory. He then moved to the Reed Paper and Board Group before joining this Company.1971
DrummondWe regret that Mrs Diane Drummond, who joined the company as secretary to Our Managing Director 17 years ago in 1961, and who after a few years’ break having her family returned as a part time secretary, has had a serious accident. At the end of January in crossing a road in London she walked between two parked cars, when a third car out of control drove the two together sandwiching Diane and some other passers-by between the cars. She sustained a badly fractured thigh, and will be in hospital for several months.1978
EadeIt is with regret that we have to announce the sudden death on the 6th December 1961, of Mr W. Eade, after an emergency operation. Bill Eade jointed the Company 28 years ago, as a boy, and for the last 14 years occupied the position of head engineer/adjuster. He will be sadly missed by all of us at Wheatsheaf Works. He leaves a widow, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy. 1962
Eames1867 Arthur Ellis Duncan Eames was baptised at St Paul Deptford son of Alfred James Smart Eames & Mary Ann
1881 census lists Alfred Eames (65) born Camden Town secretary of institution (Hospital Servant), Mary Ann (53) born Chatham, Charles (21) born Clerk at Drummonds Bk Ellen (16) school girl, Arthur (13), Henry (12) all born New Cross living at the Royal Naval school, Deptford St Paul Kent
1889 listed as an employee of the business earning £100 pa
1891 census lists Alfred Eames (75) born Camden Town, retired living on own means Mary A wife (63) born Chatham Arthur Eames son (22) Commercial Traveller, Henry Eames on (22) Bank Clerk both born New Cross, cook and housemaid living at 57 Beleveder Road, Penge (Croydon St Pauls)
1892 in June Arthur Ellis D A Eames married in Croydon
1895 John Hylton Eames was born at 28 Thurlow Hill, Streatham Wandsworth
1901 census lists Arthur Eames (33) manager wholesale stationers born New Cross, Amy (32) born Brockley Kent, Gordon (8), John (6), Kathleen (3), all born Norwood Surrey Amy Furniss ser (37) Governess School born Peckham Jane marriott (19) gen servant domestic living at 9 Hawks Road Chirchchurt Gipsy Hill
1908 founding director upon incorporation of the partnership
1947 Arthur Ellis Duncan Alfred Eames otherwise Arthur of 35 Downside Crescent, London, NW3 died aged 79 Hampstead probate 20 June to Arthur Gordon Eames Art School Proprietor and Kathleen Amy Eames spinster (later Kathleen Mortlock)
EkeAnother old friend, Robert Eke, known to all of us and a great number of our London customers as “Bob.” departed this life on February 7th, 1954. He joined the company in 1905. and drove the Brougham in London for the directors. When the horse gave way to the petrol engine, he drove one of our vans; in the late ‘20’s he was placed in control of all transport. He continued in this job until he was taken seriously ill in 1952. It is gratifying to know that after the many years’ service which Bob gave to the Company, they in their turn were able to ease his last months, by arranging for his entry into a nursing home, where he passed away peacefully.1954
EllwoodWally Ellwood joined the manufacturing dept in 1955. After experience in costing and estimating was appointed factory manager in 1963Wally Ellwood joined the Company in 1945. Was appointed factory manager and then production controller and programmer 1966
FiskeMr A.J.Fiske (Tony) joins us from John Pollock & Son and will travel mainly in N W London, Bucks and Beds. His father worked with us for many years prior to the war, it gives us much pleasure to welcome back anew member of an ‘old family’ 1967
FlettAlan Flett first came to this Company in 1963 as a Management Consultant, and was responsible for the complete re-organisation which was carried out in 1963-64. He continued to advise us when the system was put into use, and in 196 was appointed to the Board of Directors on a part-time basis. In February 1966 he was made a full-time member of the Board and appointed Company Secretary1966
GarnhamAs from the 1 July 1961 our representative Mr A.E.Garnham retires after 37 years with the Company. A few years ago he had a bungalow built in Hassocks, Sussex, and we wish him many happy years of well-earned retirement. He was presented with a transistor radio set on behalf of the staff.
On the 12 August Albert Garnham passed away suddenly. Albert joined the Company in 1930 from L.S.Dixon & Co. and or over 30 years was a rep mainly in North London when he became extremely well know. In July 1961 he retired and went to live at Keymer in Sussex and though his health deteriorated, he always remained bright and cheery, and frequently visited our London Sales Office and kept contact with some of his old friends in the trade. He will be widely missed.
Garrett1885 Born at the Hollies, Fortes Green Road, Finchley
A founding partner of the business in 1877 he worked for the company all his life. In the wages ledger he is listed as earning between 1889-1892 £380 pa, £405 pa, £450 pa and £500 pa respectively
1891 census lists Frank Garrett married (32) manager wholesale stationer, born Ashford, Louisa Mary (30) Barking, Frank Anthony son (4), Dorothy Mary (2) both born East Finchley, Marguerite Lavinia under 2 months born Islington living at 75 Wray Crescent, Islington parish St Mark
1898 Lewis Arthur Garrett was born
1901 census lists Frank Garrett (42) born Ashford Paper Merchants Employer Lavinia (40) born Barking, Dorothy M (12) born East Finchley, a cook and housemaid living at 88 Oakfield Road, Hornsey. Frank Anthony Garrett (14) born Finchley was a pupil at Haileybury College Great Amwell, Herts
1908 made a founding director upon incorporation and chairman on the death of William Tanner
1925 Lewis Arthur Garrett of Red Bank, Hornsey Lane, Highgate died, admon 26/3 to Frank Garrett merchant £373.15s. Tues 22/12 Frank Garrett of Red Bank, Hornsey Lane, Highgate, Middx died aged 67. He attended director's meetings up until August that year
From the minute book: Thursday July 8th 1926 at 2.30. ‘The Directors Report with much regret the death during the year of Mr Frank Garrett and Mr H.S.Pearsall both of whom had been associated with the business all their lives. The loss of these two Directors in one year is a very serious blow to the Company'.
GarrettFrank Anthony: During the last 15 months the health of our director, Mr F.A.Garrett has given cause for anxiety. We are now pleased to announce that he is considerably improved, but that he has reluctantly decided that he is unable in future to give his full time to the Company. Accordingly he has resigned his position as managing director, though we are pleased to know that he is remaining a director in an advisory capacity.

Frank A. Garrett, M.C.
It is with great regret that we have to announce the death of our director Frank Anthony Garrett. Frank Garrett was a director for almost 40 years. and had followed in his father’s footsteps by taking over the financial side on the latter’s death. Two years ago Frank Garrett underwent a severe operation and he never fully recovered his health. Early in 1957 he resigned his position as managing director, though he remained a director of the Company. He attended our last annual general meeting in September. His health gradually deteriorated and on Monday, 16th December, as the result of a heart attack he passed away peacefully.
GreenNot content with being overworked by our MD his secretary Linda Green is also the Secretary for the Southern Veteran-Cycle Club. She hastens to inform us that the word ‘Veteran’ covers the cycles – not the rider.In her ‘spare time’ Linda also acts as secretary to the Rosslyn Park RFC schoolboys Sevens Tournament. Their preparations for this start in April for the following March so she is kept reasonably well occupied.
Many of our customers and mill friends will be sorry to know that our Managing Director’s secretary Linda Green has departed. Her husband’s employment changed to Gloucestershire and early in July Linda moved from Crayford to Duns Tew in Oxfordshire. She will be missed not only by the Company, but by the Rosslyn Park Rugby Football Club for whom she did the bulk of the administration for the Schoolboys Seven a Side Tournament every year. In recognition of this work over the last four years, the Club presented her with a mouted shield of their crest.
Green1856 born at Little Clacton, Essex
1861 census lists William Green (41), vicar of the parish born Boxfield, Suffolk, Georgina (32) wife born St Osyth Essex, William M (10), Emily M (9), Charles T (5), Ellen T (1), and three servants living in Little Clacton Essex
1871 census lists Charles T Green (15) pupil at the Grammar School Woodbridge, Suffolk
1881 census lists Henry Rogers head (51) civil service assistant born Rolverden, Charles T Green (25) unmarried Boarder, Wholesale stationer
1882 Charles Thorpe Green of full age bachelor stationer of Willesden son of William Green clerk in holy orders married Kate Rodgers (20) spinster of Willesden daughter of James Rogers wine merchant by banns at the Parish Church of Willesden Middlesex married by Wm Green vicar of Little Clacton witnessed by James Rogers and Florence S Rogers
1887 Wm Tanner & Charles T appear as signatories for Richard Tuppen Tanner in signature books of Union Bank of London
1892 From wages list in ledger, although listed in ledger Charles T not listed as receiving a salary
1895 Agreement made this fourth day of October 1895 between the Honourable Gilbert George Reginald Viscount Cantelup and William Anthony Tanner and Charles Thorpe Green both of 16 Dorset Street Salisbury Square in the City of London Wholesale Stationers all the messuages and premises 40 and 41 Primrose Hill for a term of three years at an annual rent of £180
1908 Charles T Green's occupation was shown as a gentleman on the marriage certificate of his daughter Elsie Thorpe Green when she married Reginald Rutland Webster a commission agent at Emmanuel Church Croydon on 4 July 1908 her address was Harewood, South Croydon
HallStanley Hall completed 46 years service in the punching, tabbing, drilling and slotting department.
It is with regret that we have to announce the death of Stanley C. Hall on the 2 Feb 1965. Stanley, or Stan, as he was always called, joined the Company in 1912 and was employed as foreman cutter for the hand-folding envelope department. He retired on pension in January 1962 and unfortunately did not survive long to enjoy his leisure. He had a heart attach some six months ago from which he only partially recovered, and a further sudden attack caused his premature death.
HanceOn 12th September a pleasing ceremony took place, when our chairman, Mr Arthur Tanner, presented Mr Albert Hance with a monetary gift on completion of 50 Years’ Service. Mr Hance is a warehouseman in our board stockrooms and he now joins the honoured company of so many of our employees with over half a century’s service. We are pleased to record that he is continuing to work with us.

On 23rd Dec 1955 Albert Hance, one of our board warehouseman, retired on his 68th birthday after 53 years service. We shall Miss Albert's cheery countenance but we are grateful to know that he is in good health, and will now enjoy a well earned rest. Albert had a party at his home to celebrate his retirement and we publish a photo of Mr & Mrs Hance. One half of the excellent cake was enjoyed by our staff , when Albert recently returned to receive from his old fellow employees a dinning room clock. We wish Albert and his wife a happy retirment.

It is with regret that we report the death of one of our old pensioners. Albert Hance served the company faithfully for 53 yeas as a board warehouseman, retiring in 1955 and passing away peacefully in January at the age of 80.
1952, 1955
HarrisonA Harrison joined in 1951 after travelling for another paper merchant in the North. Lives in Leeds and covers Yorkshire and surrounding areas. Born and bred a Yorkshireman and nay the worse for that. Known in London Office as ‘lad fro’ North’.In June 1974, we said farewell to Arthur Harrison, who retired after serving the Company faithfully since 1952. Arthur, born and bred a Yorkshireman, joined us from United Paper Merchants, when this Company went out of business, and soon made his presence felt in Yorkshire. Working with stocks held in a warehouse belonging to the South Leeds Haulage Company, he soon outgrew the facilities provided and a move to 68 Wellington Street followed in 1958.Under Arthur’s control the Leeds Branch continued to expand and in 1963 it was necessary to move to yet larger quarters to our present address, Corner House, Whitehall Road, Leeds LS12 IAQ. The business here has been built up to service the north. Deliveries of paper and boards being received from mill lorries, and manufactured goods on a weekly freightliner service from our Crayford factory. Arthur has earned a rest, and goes with the knowledge that he is leaving behind a sturdy youngster ready and able to blossom forth as soon as the present difficult conditions improve. We all wish him and his wife a happy and contented retirement to his new house near Harrogate. The Directors presented him with a leather suitcase.1953
HedleyWm Hedley (Bill) joined the company in 1934. Served in the RAF during the war rejoining in 1946. Production Director and Training Officer 1975
HirstIt is with regret that we have to announce the death of one of our oldest employees, Ernie Hirst. Ernie had been with the company since 1935 as an envelope puncher, and was due to retire at the end of this year. Although he lived in London, when we moved our factory to Crayford Ernie travelled daily to and fro, and seldom if ever was late. On Sat 8th April while at work on his machine Ernie suffered a heart attack, from which he passed away almost immediately. This is the way in which he would like to have gone, but we shall all miss his cheerfulness and mourn an old friend.
Hunt John1847 London Directory lists Hunt John & Thos & John Jnr stationers at 34 & 35 Seacoal Lane
1857-60 34&35 Sealcoal Lane EC Hunt John wholesale stationer
1857-58 Upper Thames Street, Ingram Jones & Co Oil Importers
1861 London Commercial Directory lists Hunt Joseph wholesale stationers
1861 census listing John Hunt (44) born London, Middlesex, Wholesale stationer, Louisa John (12), Carlton T (9), Francis (7), Arthur (5), Herbert Stanley (3) living at 36 Highbury Hill, Islington
1880 London Directory lists Hunt & Sons 222 Upper Thames Street (under wholesale & manufacturing)
Irving Twenty years ago, in 1946 [Joan Bowel], Mrs Joan Irving joined the staff as secretary to the late Mr Arthur Tanner. She soon developed a wider interest in paper and board and joined the Sales Department. When the Head Office moved to Crayford in 1961, Joan Irving assumed control of the Stock Sales Department at our London office and there are few women, if any, with more knowledge of the trade. Added to this is a helpful attitude, and attention to detail for any orders or enquiries.On the closure of the London Office most of our sales staff will be moving to Crayford but we have to say goodbye to Mrs Joan Irving after nearly 24 years of service. We, at Tanners, thank her for her sterling service, and we feel many of our customers who know her well, would wish to add their best wishes for her future.1966
Jarvis Mrs Sheila Jarvis joined the Company in 1963 in the Production Dept, left to have her son and heir, before rejoining in 1975 as part time secretary to the Managing Director1978
JohnsonSports News: Pat Johnson is also still putting down his fast deliveries for Finchley Cricket Club 1968
KeepHoward Keep Joined in August 1962 from The Southern Envelope Co.H.P.J.Keep joined the company on 27 October 1962 after being with an Envelope Manufacturer for some years. He represents us mainly in Central London. 1963
KentRobert L. Kent D.S.C. now appointed Southern Regional Sales ManagerBob Kent joined the Company from The Hale Paper Co. in 1937 as a rep. During the war he served with the Royal Navy, gaining the D.S.C. After the ware he continued as a rep. And he is now charge of our Southern Sales force working under our Sales Director Mr John S.PearsallR. L. Kent, known throughout the Company and the trade as Bob, commenced service in 1937, after gaining his knowledge with the Hale Paper Co. He served in the Royal Navy during the war years, being torpedoed in the original Ark Royal. Commanding a Tank Landing Craft at the Normandy beaches he rescued a considerable number of men from the sea for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. On demobilisation he returned to the Company as a representative, and in the early sixties he was promoted to Southern Region Sales Manager, a post he occupied until his retirement. Unfortunately his wife died after a short illness a few months prior to his retirement, but he has two married daughters and grand-children to keep him occupied.The Directors and all the office staff bade farewell to Bob at a pleasant little wine and cheese party, where he was presented with a radio and cassette recorder.1964
LightWhen we took over the envelope making plant of Berry, Ede & White Ltd. on the end of 1978, we were fortunate in acquiring the services of Eric Light, who had been their representative for over ten years covering a large area in parts of Sussex, Hants, Dorset & Wiltshire. Previous to this, Eric Light was employed as a representative by the well-known envelope makers Thorburn Bain & Co. Ltd. covering most of the South of England. Although well known and respected throughout the area he was somewhat restricted when Berry, Ede & White gave up running stock lines some few years back and concentrated on bespoke large volume runs only.For our Company he is covering virtually the same territory, but has, to support him, our stock envelope and pocket range, though we are all aware that this is somewhat restricted until we reach full production. He is also able to offer our complete paper and board range to complement his activities. He lives in Alresford, conveniently in the centre of his area.1979
Lloyd RobertsIt is with regret that we have to announce the sudden death of our Mr H Lloyd Roberts. He joined the company in 1948 and served throughout on the accounts side. He was taken ill in the office on 28 December 1956, was admitted to St.Barts Hospital. After a short but very painful illness he departed this life on 4 January 1957 aged 54 years. 1957
MartinMany of our staff may be interested to know that we recently received a photograph and newspaper cutting from our old pensioner and late head of one printing department Bill Martin. It appears that Bill started six months ago in Edmonton an Old folk’s club, called Autumn Leaves and it already boasts of a membership of 150, not bad going in only 6 months. Bill Martin is club chairman and they recently had a dinner followed by their own interpretaton of an Old Tyme Music Hall in which Bill took an active part. The Mayor and Mayoress of Enfield were present and the mayor spoke warmly of the Autumn Leaves which he described as ‘the youngest and most successful club we have’. 1970
MilesMartin Miles joined January 1961 from Wiggins Teape Co. where he learnt paper-making 1963
MuirJohn W Muir, now appointed Commercial Manager and is stationed at our London office. He joined the company from Spicers in 1937, and served in the paper Dept. until he joined the Royal navy in 1940. On return from the forces he was appointed Manager of the Paper Sales Dept a post he has held for 17 years.John W Muir joined the Company in 1937. Served in the Senior Service during the war and returned in 1946. Commercial manager and also chairman of the SE Area of NAPM
John Muir our Commercial Manager who has been with the Company over 40 years is taking a slightly early retirement. John who lives in North London has had to travel to Crayford and back daily since we closed the London Office and we know that come the winter he will be pleased to have his feet up in front of the fire rather than waiting on the station for the train which may or may not run!
NuttallMr Jim.A. Nuttall comes to us from Alex.Cowan & Son, having originally learnt his trade with The Darwen Paper Mills Co. He will travel in the N W England, Lancs, North Wales and part of West Riding,
YorkshireSports News: Our representative Jim Nuttall was recently selected to represent the Lancashire Paper Trade versus the Yorkshire Paper Trade at their annual cricket match. Although short of practice he acquitted himself creditably, scoring a very stylish 31 out of the Lancashire total of 160, and then weighed in with a sharp one for one spell to help dismiss Yorkshire for 63.
October 1968 Jim Nuttall recently took a day off selling to represent the Lancashire Paper Trade in their annual cricket match against the Yorkshire Paper Trade. Lancashire won scoring 180 to Yorkshire’s 166. As Jim scored 14 it could be said that he was instrumental in averting a tie!
Pearsall H.S.1841 Baptised at Islington son of Henry Robert & Harriet Pascall
1871 Henry Robert Pearsall (70) annuitant born Southwark, Hannah (48) born Croydon, Henry Still Pearsall (22) insurance broker, Robert (19) pupil to architect both born Camberwell, Frank (17), Herbert (11) both scholars born Islington, a cook and housemaid living at 8 Tyndale Road, Islington, St Marys Finsbury

Henry Still Pearsall was a partner in the business at foundation in 1877 and was made a Director in 1908.
1878 Henry Still married Eliza Clements Islington
1882 June quarter Eliza aged 31 died Camberwell, same quarter Dora Winifred Pearsall born Greenwich
1884 March married Maria Kate Hawkins Islington. Aubrey Hamilton born
1885 Robert Henry born at Islington
1888 Hugh Swinnerton Pearsall baptised at Islington
1891 census lists Henry Still Pearsall (42) born Peckham no occupation, Maria K (31), Aubrey H (6), Robert (5), Hugh S (2) were living at 31 Tweedy Road, Bromley

In 1899 he was listed as earning £300 pa. The Company records show he was present at a Board Meeting on 4 October 1923.
On 30 July 1925 board minutes record ‘The amount to be sent to Mr Pearsall who has been away from business so long £400".
A note in the Company minute book read on Thursday July 8th 1926 at 2.30 "The Directors Report with much regret the death during the year of Mr Frank Garrett and Mr H.S.Pearsall both whom had been associated with the business all their lives. The loss of these two Directors in one year is a very serious blow to the Company."
Pearsall HughMr Hugh .S. Pearsall is retiring as our representative in the Eastern Counties. This position will be taken over by Mr Prisley. Mr Pearsall will continue to call upon his customers in London.

In this issue we must take our official leave of Mr Hugh Pearsall, who retires at the end of July. He joined the company in 1907 and except for service in the 1914-18 war and for a short period in the early 30’s has been a representative throughout this time. A photograph of Hugh Pearsall taken at our last staff dinner and dance appears on P.18.His father, Mr H.S.Pearsall, was one of the original directors of the company when it was formed into a limited company. His son, Mr John S. Pearsall, representing the third generation, is well known to many of our customers as a representative mainly in South-west London area. He will no doubt keep his father well informed of matters affecting the trade in the years to come!
At the end of August our oldest pensioner Hugh Pearsall passed away quietly in his 92nd year. Hugh joined the Company in 1907, and except for a short break in the 30’s when he joined a firm of printers, he returned to represent the Company until his final retirement in 1958. He went to live in Guernsey, but when his wife died about two years ago he returned to live in Surrey near his son John. our Sales Director. Hugh visited us at Crayford and appeared remarkably spry for his years. We are given to understand that he was in good form joining his son in a half pint the day before he died, and that his end was sudden and peaceful.
1953, 1958
Pearsall J.S.John S Pearsall son of Mr H.S. Pearsall joined in 1933. After war service returned in 1946 to ‘go on the road’ in London and Home Counties. Always a smile and a new story every day of the week.
We are pleased to announce that Mr John S Pearsall was appointed to the board of directors on the 16th April. He joined the company in 1933 and as a member of the territorial army was called to the colours in August 1939, served in the Far East, rising to the rank of Lt Colonel. On demobilisation he became a representative, and in January 1961 was appointed London Sales Manager, in charge of our London Office. John Pearsall is the son of Hugh Pearsall, who retired from the Company in 1958 and now lives in the Channel Isles. His grandfather was Mr Henry Still Pearsall, who was made a director of the Company in 1908.
We would like to take this opportunity of congratulating our director, Mr John Pearsall, on once again being elected captain of Teddington Cricket Club, now in the 130th year of its existence, and this year celebrating 100 years of playing on the same ground in Bushy Park.Sports News: Our Sales Director, John S. Pearsall, at an age when he ought to know better, is still playing cricket for Teddington Cricket Club, and in spite of the damp summer, has scored runs whenever necessary.
PearsonMr W.L. Pearson (Bill) joins us from Jacksons Millboard and prior to that Wiggins Teape & Co and will travel in Durham, East Riding of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. 1967
PrisleyE. Prisley came from a paper mill staff in 1947, and travels mainly in East London and Home Counties. Recently added the Eastern Counties to his travels, just to keep him on the move.
It is with great regret that we have to inform you of the sudden death of our representative Edward Prisley on 16 August 1974. Ted joined the company in 1947 from the sales office of Horton Kirby Paper Mills, and represented this Company in the City and Eastern Counties. He was taken ill some two months ago with a heart condition, but after spell in hospital he gave every appearance or recovery, although he was anticipating taking early retirement. He leaves behind a widow and two sons, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
Smith DLate in April we were sad to say goodbye to our receptionist and telephone operator Doris Smith. Doris had been with us for 17 years and never was there a better exchange operator. Even with Post Office engineers climbing over her board to put right lines which had gone out of use, or with staff who had got out of bed the wrong side or with irate customers (oh yes, we occasionally get them!) Doris never flapped and carried on with her job efficiently. Full of fun and ever ready for a good laugh, Doris was popular with our staff and very many customers, who frequently enjoyed a quick chat before being connected to their extension. Doris retired early, when the opportunity of a flat in Hastings came up, and we wish her the good health and happiness in the future, which she richly deserves.1977
Smith GSmith son of Mr M Smith joined in 1948. Recently started his travels in the Surrey, Hants and Dorset areas. Sports a nice line in sun-tan from his constant visits to seaside resorts.G.M.Smith joined the Company 7 February 1948. The son of ‘Monty’ Smith who spent a lifetime with the Company and was so well known to countless friends in the trade. Geoffrey Smith represents us in West London, Surrey, Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire.1953
Smith H.M.CMr Monty Smith recently underwent a severe operation. This was partially successful, but we regret that on Christmas Eve he had a relapse and is now seriously ill. We know that his many friends in the trade will, with us, wish for an early improvement in his condition.

It was with great regret that our old and valued friend, Mr. H. M. C. Smith, passed away on January 18th, 1954. Montie, as he was affectionately known, not only to his fellow members on the staff but to most of his customers, joined the company in 1900. During practically the whole of these 54 years he was a representative “on the road” in London, the home provinces, and part of the south coast. He handed over the south coast area to his son during the last two years, but continued with the remainder of his connection.In November, 1953, he underwent an operation, from which he made an apparently excellent recovery, but after he had been home a few weeks he had a relapse on Christmas Eve, and was re-admitted to hospital, where he died. The funeral took place at All Saints’ Church, Weston Green. Thames Ditton, followed by cremation at Woking.Montie will be greatly missed by us all at Wheatsheaf House. He had that great attribute, cheerfulness, and it was seldom if ever that one found him downcast. Many members of the staff will remember with gratitude the advice and encouragement that he gave them in their younger days, when they were juniors under training.He leaves a widow and a son, Geoffrey, who is taking over his late father’s connection, and to whom we extend our good wishes for success.
1953, 1954
SparksAfter war service in the RAF Mr Sparks took the North West, South West and Midlands area. No one knows from where he gets the time to do all this, but he does.

It is with very much regret that we have to announce the sudden death of our representative, Mr Reginald Sparks on the 17 January. Mr Sparks had represented the Company for 13 years in the Midlands and West County. He had joined the R.A.F. during the war, by declaring his age at a lot less than it was actually, and served out in Egypt. He was a man of great integrity, enjoyed hard work, and was held in considerable esteem by his many customers. More than one of his friends wrote, on hearing of his death, a most suitable epitaph ‘Mr Sparks was a gentleman’. He will be sadly missed by all, and not least, by many of his customers in the trade.
1953, 1961
StevensWe regret to announce the death of Leslie D. Stevens on 6 September 1962 after a lengthy and painful illness. ‘Steve’ was assistant buyer and when we moved to Crayford he was unable to make the journey and left our employ after 40 years’ service. He then joined A.E.Reed & Co.Ltd. 1962
StewardJohn Leslie Steward, joined the Company in November 1966. He came to us from Mitcham Cardboards Ltd and was on the staff of the London Sales Office until April 69 he then joined the distribution staff at Crayford. He passed the final NAPM exam in 1968 and his knowledge of the trade is considerable. In October he becomes on our reps in West London and Hampshire.
Tanner A.D.PArthur Derek Tanner was appointed managing director April 1957

Once again the Envelope Makers and Manufacturing Stationers Association has turned to our Managing Director Mr. A. D. P. Tanner to take over the Chairmanship of the Association for the following year. Mr Derek Tanner had already been Chairman of the Association for the usual two-year term from 1961 to 1963, and for the first time in the history of this Association a past Chairman has been re-elected for another period. Mr. Derek Tanner has been a member of the Committee for 15 years and has served on the Post Office Committee of E.M.M.S.A. for six years, as well as several British Standard Institute Committees. It was felt by the Association that his experience would be of inestimable value in the regular negotiations with the Post Office during the forthcoming year for the introduction of the preferred size of envelopes.The vice-chairman elected was Mr. G. R. Keay of Wiggins Teape (Stationery) Ltd.Not infrequently our Chairman and Managing Director is absent from the office, and of one thing we cannot accuse him is his enthusiasm for variety. In mitigation we list some of the duties he performs:Chairman and Managing Director of R. T. Tanner & Co., Ltd. Director of Tanner Krolle (Leather Goods) Ltd. Treasurer of the Envelope Makers & Manufacturing Stationers Association Deputy Chairman of the Manufacturing Stationery Group of B.F.M.P. Member of the British Standards inst. Tech. Committee PAC/12 Member of the British Standards Inst. Panel on Metrication (Printing industry) Deputy Vice-Chairman of the Sevenoaks Division Conservative Assoc. Chairman of the Rosslyn Park Rugby Football Club Schoolboys Seven-a-Side Tournament and his hobby, when he has the time, is gardening!

Our Managing Director has recently been honoured by two appointments. On the 17th May, The Secretary of State for Employment appointed him to the Industrial Training Board for the Paper and Paper Products Industry Training Board. He has been a member of the Industrial Advisory Training Board for some years and wilt continue also to serve on this Board. On 11th June, he was elected to the Office of President of the British Stationery and Office Products Federation. This Federation came into being in 1972 being formed out of the British Stationery and Office Equipment Association and is the mouthpiece of the retail, wholesale and manufacturing stationers. To this Federation the following associations are affiliated Artificial Flower Trade, British Pencil Manufacturers, Diary Publishers, Envelope Makers and Manufacturing Stationers, Greeting Card & Calendars, Greeting Card Distributors’ Group, Letter File, National Association of Engravers and Die Stampers, Postcards, Ribbon Stamp Manufacturers’ Guild, Writing Instrument Manufacturers. Mr. Derek Tanner, who is a past president and now treasurer of the Envelope Makers and Manufacturing Stationers Association, is the first President of the Federation to be elected from one of the affiliated Associations. Chairman and Managing Director, of R. T. Tanner & Co. Ltd. Re-elected President of the British Stationery and Office Products Federation for a further year.Chairman of the Manufacturing Stationery Industry Group of the British Printing Industries Federation.Treasurer of the Envelope Makers and Manufacturing StationersAssociation.Re-elected a member of the Printing and Paper Products IndustryTraining Board for three further years.Chairman of the Stationery Industry Advisory Group of the 3 P’s Training Board.Chairman of Rosslyn Park F.C. National Schoolboys Seven—a—side Tournaments.Our Managing Director A. Derek Tanner is a man of many parts, believing in the adage all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy He delights in being the last or last but one leaving the office in the evening; and is a member of the Paper and Paper Products Industry Training Board, the Manufacturing Stationery Industry Group of the British Printing Industry Federation, Chairman of the Stationery Industry Advisory Group of the I.T.B., member of the Envelope Makers and Manufacturing Stationers Association, and of the British Stationery and Office Equipment Federation. His main hobby is organising schoolboys seven-a-side rugby, and for 13 years has run the National Schoolboys sevens, which has now reached a total of 250 schools. This year he has reached the summit of his achievements in organising the first ever World Schoolboys Sevens Tournament.Sixteen sides from all parts of the world were hosted by his club Rosslyn Park F.C., and took part in this unique event. This effort, which had taken about three years of preparation, was crowned by the attendance of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, who attended the final rounds and presented the trophies to the winners and runners-up.
Our Managing Director has now informed us that he is returning to normal business forthwith.Mr A Derek Tanner was elected Chairman of The Envelope Makers’ and Manufacturing Stationers Association on 8 March 1961. He has been a member of the Executive Committee for a number of years, and has sat on many of the Sub Committees including that which consults with the Post Office on mechanisation of postal services.At the Annual Dinner in the evening, at which Mr Derek Tanner presided, on the illness of the outgoing Chairman, he was presented with a new Badge of Office, kindly presented to the Association by Messrs. Spicers Ltd.
A. Derek P Tanner Chairman and Managing Director joined the company in 1932 and was trained in every department including 2 years ‘on the road’ before joining the Royal Artillery from 1939-45. Elected Chairman of The Envelope Makers and Manufacturing Stationers Association in 1961 and re-elected for a second year in 1962.
After nearly sixty years of service A D Tanner wrote a memoir of his service with the company.
Finally leaving the business in 1984 A D Tanner, after a happy retirement, died on 22 November 1995. A fitting tribute was made at his memorial service
Tanner A.R.Anthony Richard Tanner : Retirement of Mr A.E. Garnham. Most of his territory will be taken over by Mr. Anthony Tanner, who joined the Company four years ago. During this time he has learned his trade in the Paper and Board Sales Office, passing both the intermediate and final N.A.P.M. examinations. During the last year has been assistant Factory Manager, so that he has studied all sides of our business. We wish him luck in his new venture.

Congratulations to Mr Anthony R Tanner on being elected captain of Rosslyn Park Rugby Club for 1963-64. He will be one of the youngest captains, if not the youngest, ever elected to this well-known club in its long history.

Sports News: Anthony Tanner has now retired from playing rugger due to breaking his nose for the sixth time. He has had a long career with Rosslyn Park playing in the first XV for eleven seasons, captaining them for two years, the second occasion being last season. He also represented Kent in the County Championship on several occasions. He has just returned from St. Thomas’s Hospital after an operation to clear the obstruction in his nose.

We have recently made a major change in our internal organisation. Anthony R Tanner who has for some years been in charge of our distribution department has changed positions with Robert L.Kent who was previously Sales Manager. It is thought that these two people who have always had to work very closely together will, with the experience gained in their previous jobs, contribute fresh ideas and new initiatives to their latest positions.Anthony R Tanner joined the Company in 1957. He is the great-grandson of the founder. He is a Director, and controls the Stock Sales Dept.

Anthony Tanner one of our Directors, has decided that he requires a change from the paper trade and leaves us shortly for other interests.
Tanner ArthurWe take this opportunity of congratulating our chairman, Mr Arthur Tanner and Mrs Tanner, on the celebration of their golden wedding anniversary on January 9th, 1954

Our Chairman, Mr Arthur Tanner, was severely injured in a road accident on Christmas morning[sic Dec 58]. In spite of his age he has made a wonderful recovery, and was able to be present at our office dinner and dance on March 13th. His leg is still in plaster, and it is anticipated that it will have to remain so for some time longer to ensure that the bone knits successfully. Mr Arthur has asked us to take this opportunity of thanking his great number of friends in the trace for their enquiries and good wishes for his recovery.

This issue of our Journal is dedicated to our Chairman Mr. Arthur Tanner. The youngest son of our founder Richard Tupper Tanner, who incidentally died on his son’s first birthday, he joined the Company on October 1st, 1897. At that time the Company was under the control of his elder brother William A. Tanner, and when it was formed into a limited company Arthur Tanner became a director. During these sixty years he has been instrumental in guiding the Company from small beginnings to its present position in the paper trade. Always one to study detail nothing has ever been too much trouble to him, and he has laboured to build the business up through many difficult times and two world wars. Known to all the employees as Mr. Arthur, this shows the affection in which he is held by all. It is one of the attributes of his character that he has the knack of managing staff. Any employee in whatever humble a position can always find Mr. Arthur ready to listen to his or her problems and give sound counsel. His calm temperament enables him to remain quite unruffled when all around him get highly excited. Sixty years is a long time by any standard, but to complete this in one company is worthy of wide recognition. Mr. Arthur is continuing to give his full time to the Company and it is hoped that he may be spared to us for many years to come. One item which gave Mr. Arthur considerable pleasure was that his grandson Anthony Richard Tanner joined the Company a few days prior to the date on which he celebrated his 60 years service. This means that three generations are serving the Company at the same time. To mark the occasion. Mr. Arthur was presented with a photograph of himself. This photograph was mounted on a large mount, which carried the signature of every employee in the service of the Company on October 1st. 1957. This photograph suitably framed will be hung in the Board room, and every employee from apprentice to fellow directors contributed an equal amount to the cost. It was felt that this rather unusual gift was most fitting. in that it would provide for present and future members of the Company, a tangible record of an unique and well-loved character.

55 years ago by our Chairman, Mr. Arthur Tanner I entered R. T. Tanner & Co. on 1st October. 1899, in the old premises at 15 Dorset Street, when the office hours were 9 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.. and every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For the first three months no salary was paid me. after which I received £4 3s. 4d. per month, not exactly a princely sum even for those days. We were then a private company, the partners being my brother W. A. Tanner, C. T. Green and F. Garrett. father of my present co-director Frank A. Garrett. We had an office staff of five, with five travellers, eight warehousemen and two van drivers. One of these vanmen named Josh got into debt to the extent of 12 shillings, and as he was then earning 18s. 6d. a week it was quite impossible for him to pay his debts. He therefore took his van to Blackfriars Bridge. left it on the bridge and threw himself into the river. He was picked up and had to appear at the Mansion House court. W. A. Tanner paid his debt, and all was well. Josh came back to work for us for some time afterwards. Another amusing thing happened on one of our annual outings. Freddie Bays. a traveller, had very little hair, but he had a pigtail which he greased and curled round and round his head to cover it. During the morning he thought he would have a bathe, and when he was in the water, all we could see was a long piece of hair floating on the top of the water, and when he came out from bathe, we discovered that except for his pigtail he was entirely bald! I may add that we never forgot the sight. and never let Freddie Bays forget either! On another of these outings we went to a rather palatial hotel for lunch, where we were served with a large portion of roast beef. The waiter came round to ask if any of us would like a second portion. When he came to Josh, our vanman, he replied at once, Yes, and cut it middling thick this time. The look on the waiter’s face was worth seeing. W. A. Tanner was exceedingly hot tempered. and on one occasion a mill representative came to see him, and because he could or would not do what was wanted, W. A. Tanner threw him down the stairs, and for those of us who remember the stairs in our old premises. this was some distance. The representative did not call again for some considerable time but 1 am pleased to say that he is still alive, though now in retirement. I would hasten to add that his retirement was not due to his hasty journey down the stairs. We had no telephone or typewriters in those days and all the work had to be done with pen and ink. Of course there were no girls on the staff, and the first one joined us, I think, in 1908. but it was not until several years later, during the 1914-1918 war, that we employed girls in any number, and then mostly in the Counting House. It was usual for a warehouseman to have a week’s holiday, but one of these characters called Spider by one and all, and who, incidentally, was with us for 50 years. always spent his holiday sitting on the front step of the warehouse watching the others work. Spider had a tremendous thirst, and although he did not drink during working hours, as soon as the bell rang for the finish he rushed across the road to “The Rose and Crown” where his pint was standing ready on the counter. He downed this in one draught, as he said, to get the dust out of his throat, and then proceeded to enjoy his succeeding pints at leisure. I am sorry to say that only three of us from those days are still alive: Mr. Bird. formerly the secretary, and latterly a director, now retired; Jack Cremin warehouseman and country packer, also retired after 60 years’ service; and myself. I may add that the spirit of comradeship which was so apparent in those days of small staffs, is still with us today. We still get our laughs at each other’s expense, and the friendly inter-departmental rivalry is still in force and helps to keep us all on our toes. We are an old firm, but young in heart.

Retirement of Mr. Arthur On the 31st of March, 1962, our Chairman. Mr Arthur Tanner, retired from active service with the Company, though he will remain a Director. Mr. Arthur. as he was always known to all the staff and man, of our customers, completed 64! years with the Company, having joined in 1897 and becoming a partner in 1900. In 1947 he became Chairman, a position he has occupied until his retirement. During this period, he has seen the Company progress and expand through two world wars, in the second of which our offices and warehouses were completely gutted. Mr. Arthur then showed his greatest gift in his character, and that is to be completely undismayed and unruffled. The day following the lire, he was busily engaged in setting up new offices and warehouse in Carmelite Street, E.C.4, and in a matter of a day or two the Company was functioning normally. His human approach to the problem of staff treatment has resulted in a remarkable record of long service both in the office, warehouse and factory. Until die Company moved to Crayford, when owing to the difficulty of travel many were unable to continue in our employment, much of the stall had spent all their working life with the Company. The office, factory and warehouse stall presented Mr. Arthur with a watch to commemorate his retirement, and as a momento of their affection for him. We all wish him Good Health and a Happy Retirement.

It is with very great regret that we have to announce the death of our late Chairman, Mr. Arthur Tanner, on the 20th November, 1963. Born in 1879 Mr. Arthur was the younger son of Mr. Richard Tuppen Tanner, the founder of the Company, and on leaving Cheltenham College joined the Company in 1897 being appointed a Director in 1908.Mr. Arthur steered the Company through two wars and in 1946 was elected Chairman, remaining in this position till 1962 when he retired though remaining a Director. He enjoyed excellent health until shortly before the end, except for his failing eyesight which had troubled him for some years, and he passed away peacefully in his sleep.Mr. Arthur was very well known and respected throughout the trade, and in 1932 was President of The National Association of Paper Merchants and he served on many committees over several years.As a young man he was a good club cricketer, and this remained one of his loves throughout his life. A member of the Oval he used to enjoy watching two or three hours’ play around lunch time, but always returned to the office to see how things were going!With a ready wit and great sense of humour he was held in tremendous respect by his staff, to whom he showed great kindness and interest, throughout his long service with the Company. He was also held in high esteem throughout the trade, where he made a great number of friends, but never an enemy.We shall miss his visits to us and in fact we feel that we have lost a close personal friend.A memorial service is being held at St. Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, at 12.30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 14th 1964.The photograph on the opposite page was specially taken for this Journal in 1957, and it was such an excellent likeness that an enlargement was made, signed by every member of the Staff, and was presented to him on the 60th anniversary of his joining the Company. This picture now hangs in our offices at Crayford.
Tanner P.D.Peter Derek Tanner the younger son of our Chairman Derek Tanner. Peter has completed a three year course for a Higher National Diploma in Business studies, which involved six months practical shift working in the paper mill of Messrs Townsend Hook & Company at Snodland
As from 1 December Peter Tanner, younger son of our Chairman and Managing Director, took over Eastern Counties as representative.
Peter after completing a three year business studies course, during which he spent seven months working shifts on a paper making machine, has been in our Stock Sales dept. He has gained a considerable knowledge of the trade, and as a voice he is known to a great many of our customers in the area.Peter Tanner who for the last two to three years has been representing us in the Eastern Counties has relinquished this on taking up an appointment in our Crayford office. He will be largely responsible for the organisation of our computer in the coming months.
TinworthRoy John Tinworth joined our staff in March and is taking over as a representative in London and Buckinghamshire area. Mr. Tinworth serviced his apprenticeship with Messrs .John Dickinson & Co. Ltd at their Croxley Mill, and holds the City & Guilds Paper Technology certificate. 1959
Tullett Leap year day, 29th February 1968 was a sad day at Tanners, for Miss Tullet, or Millie as she was know to everyone throughout the Company, retired after almost 49 years’ services. Millie joined the Company in August 1919, at the age of 14 years, in our factory at Hutton Street, E.C.4 and was one of the few women who came with us when the factory was moved to Crayford in 1961. Throughout this long time she has mainly been employed on packing both cards and cut paper, and our customers will no doubt testify as to the excellence of her work. In this period she has had literally hundreds of girls for training through her department. The Directors, staff, factory and warehouse contributed to a handsome presentation to her and for the first time the Company have granted a woman a pension after a lifetime of service.1968
Turner R.Turner originally with a paper mill, and after war service joined in 1946. Took over territory in Kent, Sussex and S.E.London. A north countryman with a ready wit, and not time to waste. R. (Dick) Turner who came to the Company early in 1946 after war service. He commenced as representative in Kent and Sussex and continued throughout his long service in this area. Of a retiring nature, Dick was extremely conscientious and made a large number of friends in his area. He had a dry sense of humour though how anyone in the South East ever understood his strong Derbyshire brogue, which he never lost, we cannot realise!
It is with regret that we heard of the recent death of Richard Turner as a result of a coronary. Dick joined the company in 1946 and represented us in S.E.London and Kent until his retirement last year. With his dry sense of humour Dick was well known and respected throughout his area, and it is sad that he did not live long enough to enjoy his retirement to which he had so much looked forward to . He leaves widow to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
Verden Richard Verden joined as a trainee in June 1960. Joined the Company on 20 June 1960 and after training in the Office went on the road 18 months ago. He represents us in NW London, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.Photo in Bull ring on holiday in Spain1963
WickingMr Eric Wicking, our secretary, had a major operation in early December. We are pleased to hear that it has been entirely successful, though it will be many weeks before he is able to return to work. We wish him a speedy recovery to full health.
We are pleased to announce that on 1st January 1958 Mr Eric Lionel Wicking was elected to the board of directors of the Company. Eric Wicking has been 15 years with the Company, and secretary for the past ten years. During the last two years he has been undertaking many of the duties of the late Mr F.A.Garrett
It is with great regret that we have to announce the death of Mr Eric Lionel Wicking as a result of an accident on August 8th. Mr.E.L.Wicking joined the Company in 1942 and became Secretary in 1947, being appointed Director and Secretary in 1958. He was appointed a fellow of the Corporation of Secretaries in 1954, having been an associate member for several years. In the early part of 1962 he suffered a breakdown in health, and although he struggled on against it for a long time he never fully recovered. He leaves a wife and four children, to whom we extend our sincere sympathies.
WillisIt is with regret we have to announce that George Willis, one of our old employees, recently passed away after a short illness. George had been driving one of our vans. As such he was a familiar character to most of our London customers.

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