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John Smethurst (1848-1900)
1900 Obituary 
JOHN SMETHURST died at his residence, Landgate House, Brynn, near Wigan, in March 1900, at the age of fifty-two years. He was the second son of the late John Smethurst, of Blackrod and Southport, colliery owner, and began his professional career at the Scot Lane Collieries of William Woods & Son, of which collieries his father had charge.
Later on he joined the firm of Dewhurst, Hoyle & Smethurst, of which his father was managing partner, and on the transfer of the business to the Garsewood Hall Colliery Company, Limited, he became general manager, a position he held at the time of his death.
He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1895.