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1937 Bio Note 
HAWKER, Frank; b. 1868 at Birmingham; s. of the late Thomas and Caroline Hawker; M.B.E., 1918. Educ.: Gower Street School and Private. Founder of Frank Hawker Carpathian Silver Co., Ltd., 1886, the largest makers of plated waiters and trays in the world, and do a trade in nearly all foreign markets, most of which the founder has visited; founder of the British Needle Co., Ltd., Redditch; Hon. Consul for Turkey; Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Needlemakers, London. Entered the Birmingham City Council Nov., 1911; retired 1921; served for ten years on the Electric Supply Committee and the Baths Committee (chairman for four years), and several special committees during the war; an Overseer for Hands worth for many years; a Governor of Handsworth Grammar School for over twenty years and at one time chairman; has served on Handsworth Parochial Charities Committee from its foundation; m. Nora, d. of James Rollason, April 15th, 1890; one d. Recreation: Salmon fishing. Addresses: (Private), Devonshire Road, Handsworth Wood; (Business), Frank Hawker Carpathian Silver Co., Ltd., Argosy Works, Spencer Street, Birmingham, 18.