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James Peech

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James Peech (c1873-1935), director of Steel, Peech and Tozer, United Steel Companies, and the associated undertakings, the Appleby Iron Co, and the Frodingham Iron and Steel Co

c1873 Born the son of William Peech

1881 Living at The Lavour, Tottenham Lane, Hornsey: William Peech (age 49 born Sheffield), Steel Manufacturer. With his wife Nancy Peech (age 41 born Sheffield) and their four children; Albert Peech (age 8 born Hornsey); James Peech (age 6 born Hornsey); Arthur Peech (age 3 born Hornsey); and Emlyne Peech (age 1 born Hornsey). Five servants.[1]

1935 Died


1935 Obituary.[2]

THE death of Mr. James Peech, which took place on Monday, October 7th, at his home, Thorns Beach, Beaulieu, Hampshire, has removed a prominent figure in the British iron and steel trade. Mr. Peech was the son of the late Mr. William Peech, who was one of the original founders of the firm of Steel, Peech and Tozer.

He entered the industry at the age of nineteen, and ultimately became a director of Steel, Peech and Tozer, and later a director of the United Steel Companies, Ltd., and the associated undertakings, the Appleby Iron Company, Ltd., and the Frodingham Iron and Steel Company, Ltd.

Mr. Peech was particularly well known among railway engineers, and spent considerable time travelling abroad in the railway business interests of the United Steel Companies, Ltd., the countries which he visited including Canada, China, South Africa, and Egypt.

During the war period Mr. Peech was an adviser on shell steel to the Ministry of Munitions, and his national services were recognised by the conferring of the C.B.E. and also a French decoration.

His death at the age of sixty-two will be deeply regretted by a wide circle of business and personal friends, both in this country and abroad.


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