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Gee, Henry Simpson (1842–1924), shoe manufacturer and businessman, was born on 6 April 1842 at Lowerhead Row, Leeds, the eldest son of George Walker Gee, linen draper, and his wife, Ellen, née Simpson. He was educated privately at Grange School, Thorp Arch, near ...

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Sears, John George (1870–1916), shoe manufacturer and retailer, was born on 6 February 1870 in Northampton, the eldest child of James Sears, leather seller and shoe manufacturer, and Amelia (née Cushion), both of Northampton. After attending a local elementary school Sears was apprenticed in the shoe trade, working for the ...