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Joseph Frederick Ledsam (c1792-1863)
We deeply regret to have to record the demise of our respected fellow-townsman, Mr. J. F. Ledsam which took place his residence at Chad Hill on Monday morning, after a long and painful illness, which he had borne with exemplary fortitude and resignation.
Mr. Ledsam was, believe, at the time of his death a magistrate for the counties of Warwick, Worcester, and Stafford, and deputy-lieutenant for one at least of those counties. He was also for many years Deputy-Chairman of the London and North-Western Railway, and Chairman of the Birmingham and Staffordshire Gas Company, also an active Governor of King Edward’s School.
Amongst many public services for which the town is indebted to him may be mentioned his chairmanship for many years of the Committee of the Birmingham Musical Festivals, which have been in no small degree indebted to his assiduity, courtesy, and judgement, for their eminent success. In him the General Hospital has lost a very active and liberal trustee and member of the committee, and many other public institutions are by his death deprived of a devoted assistant. To the poor he was liberal though unostentatious friend, and all classes will join in sincerely mourning his decease.