John Poole (c1869-1952), one of the founders of the firm of Whitehead and Poole
1953 Obituary 
JOHN POOLE, who died at his home in Manchester on 12th April 1952 at the age of eighty-three, was chairman of directors and one of the founders of the firm of Whitehead and Poole, Ltd., Milltown Engineering Works, Radcliffe, near Manchester.
He was educated at Manchester Municipal College of Technology, where he qualified as a teacher of mechanical engineering, and was apprenticed in 1884 to John Hawthorn and Company, Ltd., Stockport, general engineers.
In 1890 he found employment at the Clayton Iron Foundry, near Manchester, and after temporary engagements as junior draughtsman to Mather and Platt, Ltd., and Sir James Farmer and Sons, returned to the Clayton Foundry to take charge of the drawing office in 1893.
Three years later he was appointed works manager of the Eagle Iron Works, Radcliffe, and in 1900 he entered into partnership with the late Mr. W. T. Whitehead and established the firm of Whitehead and Poole, engineers and brass founders, eventually becoming senior partner.
Mr. Poole had been a Member of the Institution since 1915.