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John Newton Frears

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John Newton Frears CBE (1906-1981) of Frears and Blacks

1906 Born the son of John Russell Frears, Junior

Educated at Trinity College, Cambridge

Joined the family business

1937 Became chairman of Frears and Blacks

1939 John N Frears 33, Managing director, wholesale and retail bakery company, lived in Blaby with Gertrude E 37, Jeanette E Frears, 6[1]

WWII Director bakeries for the UK under the Ministry of Food

1954 Chairman and managing director of Frears and Blacks when he was knughted[2]

1962 Became Pro-Chancellor Leicester University

1964 Director of Nabisco-Frears Biscuits Ltd

1981 Died

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1939 register
  2. The London Gazette 31 December 1954
  • The Times June 26, 1981