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John Deeley

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1825 Born in Birmingham son of Richard Deeley, a steel toy polisher, and his wife Ann.[1]

1851 Clerk in button manufactory, living in Birmingham with Betsey Deeley 24, Betsey Deeley 3 Mo[2]

Joined Westley Richards as a clerk

1860 became a partner in Westley Richards

1861 Boot and shoe dealer, living in Birmingham with Elizabeth Deeley 35, Betsey Deeley 10, Jno Deeley 7, Geo D Deeley 6, Emma Deeley 1[3]

1871 Manager of a gun manufactory; boot and hose dealer, employing 1 man, living in Birmingham with Elizabeth Deely 44, Elizabeth Deely 20, John Deely 17,junior clerk in trade, George Dawson Deely 16, Charlotte Amelia Deely 9, Ann Bertha Deely 7[4]

1872 On the retirement of Westley Richards, Deeley became chairman

1881 Manager of a gun manufactory, living in Kings Norton with Charlotte Deeley 18, Amy Deeley 17[5]

Co-patentee of the Anson and Deeley gun.

Invented the selective fore-end ejector mechanism.

c.1885 Married Eliza Ann

1890 Solved problems with the bolthead of the Lee-Metford rifle which the government recognized with award of £3000.

1891 Gunmaker, employer, living in Kings Norton with Eliza A Deeley 46[6]

1911 director of a gun makers, living in Kings Norton with Eliza Alice Deeley 66[7]

1913 Died at Rhyl

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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. 1851 census
  3. 1861 census
  4. 1871 census
  5. 1881 census
  6. 1891 census
  7. 1911 census
  • The Times, Jul 08, 1913