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James John William Carr

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James John William Carr (1857-1924) of Charles Carr

1925 Obituary [1]

JAMES JOHN WILLIAM CARR was born at Fenton, North Staffordshire, on 12th October 1857.

On completing his school education, which was gained chiefly in local establishments, he entered his father's business, the Woodlands Bell and Brass Foundry, Smethwick, in the bell-casting branch of which, along with the structural work connected with the hanging of bells, he took special interest.

On his father's death in 1891 the responsibility of management devolved on himself and his sister, and other sections claimed attention, notably those relating to castings in gun-metal, brass, phosphor bronze, and special alloys.

His acquaintance with musical matters was most helpful where peal work was concerned, in which branch of the bell business the firm gained various gold medals and other distinctions.

Mr. Carr died on 14th October 1924, at the age of sixty-seven.

He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1898.

1925 Obituary [2]

JAMES JOHN WILLIAM CARR, the head of the firm of Charles Carr, Limited, Grove Lane, Smethwick, and second son of the late Mr. Charles Carr, the founder of the firm, died on October 14, 1924, at the age of sixty-seven years.

Mr. Carr was born at Fenton, North Staffordshire, on October 12, 1857. He was connected with the business which his father founded from the commencement in 1865, and after the death of Mr. Charles Carr in 1891 he and his sister, Miss Hannah Carr, carried on the business. In the month prior to his death Mr. Carr had superintended the casting of a 35-cwt. bell for Demerara, and was congratulated upon its success. Mr. Carr was well known in the Midlands, where he was held in great esteem and respect. He was a member of the Smethwick Musical Society, the Bedford Masonic Lodge, Foresters, and the R.A.O.B.

Mr. Carr was an Original Member of the Institute of Metals.

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