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Sir Joseph Walton (1849-1923)

1923 Obituary [1]

Sir JOSEPH WALTON, Bart., died on February 8, 1923.

He was born at Bellihope, County Durham, in 1849, and was the son of the late Mr. Joseph Walton.

At the age of twenty-one he went to Middlesbrough to commence a career that was destined to prove one of the most romantic in the North of England. He saw the future that awaited the development of the coal and allied trades, and centred his energies on this phase of business. He became the head of one of the greatest coal-mining businesses in the country. In Durham he was associated with the Shildon, West Durham, and Adelaide collieries, and of his enterprises in Yorkshire, the Carterthorne colliery group in the West Riding was one of his many successes.

He represented Barnsley in Parliament from 1897 to 1922. In recognition of his industrial, political, and other work a baronetcy was conferred upon him in 1910. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, he was also a Justice of the Peace for Middlesbrough and the North Riding, and a Deputy-Lieutenant for the North Riding.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1878.

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