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John Gunning (1858-1932), ironmonger
1858 Born in Calne, Wiltshire
1881 John Gunning 55, plumber master employing 4 men and 2 boys, lived in Calne with Mary A. Gunning 55, William Gunning 31, plumber, John Gunning 22, plumber, Ernest Gunning 16, Herbert E. Gunning 14
1891 Ironmonger, lived in Bournemouth with his wife and children
1897 Patent on an apparatus for extinguishing lights at a predetermined time. This was the first of around 20 patents that he filed on this and related subjects.
1901 John Gunning 42, ironmonger and lead glazier, employer, lived in Bournemouth with Mary A Gunning 46, Olive Gunning 16, Ivy Gunning 14, Laurie Gunning 12, John Gunning 10, William Gunning 8, Myrtle Gunning 5, Hazel Gunning 3
The Automatic Light Controlling Co acquired his patents on "lighting and extinguishing all descriptions of gas lamps at a predetermined time or predetermined times, and for improvements in apparatus for opening and closing electric circuits at predetermined times." 
1911 John Gunning 52 was a gas lighting engineer, a worked in the sector of automatic street lighting. He lived in Bournemouth with Mary Ann Gunning 56, Olive Pauline Gunning 26, Ivy Jane Mary Gunning 24, Laurel Ruth Gunning 22, John Robert White Gunning 20, shop assistant, William Herbert Gunning 18, Myrtle Rox Gunning 15, Hazel Dorothy Gunning
1932 Died in Bournemouth