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George Albert Wade

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George Albert Wade (1891-1986) of Wade Ceramics

1891 July 19th. Born in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, to George Wade and his wife Marie Start Poxon - a family who ran a pottery business.

1901 Living at Watlands, Porthill, Wolstanton: Harriet Wade (age 72 born Whitechurch), Widow. With her five children; William Wade (age 43 born Tunstall), Manufacturer of Earthenware and Tiles and Employer; Eleanor Reade James (age 45 born Tunstall), Married. Also Harriet Annie James (age 22 born Norton in Moors), grand-daughter and Elementary School teacher; George Wade (age 37 born Tunstall), Manufacturer of Pottery used in Textile Industry and Employer. Also Marie Hart Wade (age 38 born Castle Donnington), (daughter-in-law); George Albert Wade (age 9 born Burslem), grandson; Albert Joseph Wade (age 35 born Tunstall), Manufacturer of Earthenware and Tiles and Employer; Mary Ann Wade (age 33 born Tunstall).Two servants.[1]

Sir George was a pupil at Newcastle High School, which has been amalgamated into the Newcastle-under-Lyme School, and left at age 15 to work at the family's pottery factory.

1911 Living at The Mount, 1 Porthill, Longport, Stoke On Trent: George Wade (age 48 born Tunstall), Pottery Manufacturer and Employer. With his wife Marie Start Wade (age 49 born Castle Donnington) and their son George Albert Wade (age 19 born Burslem), Manager at Pottery Manufacturer. Two servants.[2]

He was a soldier between 1914 and 1919 in World War I, first as a private with the North Staffordshire Regiment, and then as a lieutenant with the South Staffordshire Regiment in the Machine Gun Corps, and he served in France and Egypt.

1915 September 18th. Married Florrie Johnson

Sir George became chairman of the family's pottery business, Wade Ceramics, a manufacturer of porcelain and earthenware, whose main factory was in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.

In the 1950s, Sir George and the Wade potteries created and manufactured "Whimsies", small cheap solid porcelain animal figures, which became popular and collectable in Britain and America.

Sir George never fully stopped working, but in the early 1980s he gave the routine running of the business to his son George Anthony (Tony) Johnson Wade. His hobbies included painting and ornithology.

He was knighted in 1955 for political and public services.

1986 January 27th. Died

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Sources of Information

  1. 1901 Census
  2. 1911 Census