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Burton, Sir Montague Maurice [formerly Meshe David Osinsky] (1885–1952), clothing manufacturer and retailer, was born on 15 August 1885 in the town of Kurkel, Kovno province, Russia (now Lithuania), the only son of Chaim Judah Osinsky (b. 1825), bookseller, and his wife, ...

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Sir Montague Maurice Burton (1885–1952) by unknown photographer © reserved; Manchester University Press; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hepworth, Joseph (1834–1911), clothing manufacturer and retailer, was born on 12 May 1834 at Lindley, Huddersfield, the son of George Hepworth, shoemaker. He left school and entered the textile trade at the age of ten, working at Joseph Walker's woollen mill in Lindley...

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Jones, Sir (David) Fletcher (1895–1977), clothing manufacturer and retailer, was born on 14 August 1895 at Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, the fifth child of Samuel Henry Jones, a blacksmith from Cornwall, and his Australian-born wife, Mahala, née Johns (d. 1897). Samuel remarried and had a second family. ...

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Reed, Austin Leonard (1873–1954), tailor and retailer, was born on 6 September 1873, at 12 Howard Street, Reading, Berkshire, the eldest son of William Bilkey Reed, hosier and hatter in Reading, and his wife, Emma Florence Bowler.

After education at Reading School and some experience working in his father's shop, ...

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Wilson, Walter (1849–1917), milliner and department store owner, was born at Main Street, Gorbals, Glasgow, on 21 August 1849, the son of Arthur Wilson, a grocer, and his wife, Jane. He was educated at Mrs Alexander's school, Margaret Street, Glasgow (1854–9), and then at the ...