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John Joseph Needham (c1876-1939), Director of John Needham and Sons
1939 Obituary 
Colonel John Joseph Needham, of Manchester, whose death at the age of 63 occurred on September 11, 1939, was a well-known figure on the Manchester Royal Exchange and on the Birmingham Exchange.
He was a Governing Director of Messrs. John Needham & Sons (Manchester) Ltd., Iron and Steel Merchants.
Apart from his business, Colonel Needham's main interest was the Territorial. Army. He served from 1914 to 1919 in Egypt and in Palestine, being mentioned four times in despatches and being awarded the D.S.O. and the O.B.E. At the time of his death he was Honorary Colonel of the 42nd (East Lanes) R.A.S.C. (T.A.). Colonel Needham did a great deal of work after the war to promote the success and well-being of the Territorial Army in the Manchester area and for the care of ex-service men.
Colonel Needham who had travelled extensively in U.S.A., Canada, and India, was widely known and greatly respected for his shrewd judgment and business ability, and his kindly genial manner made him many friends.
He was elected a member of this Institute in 1919.