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Thomas William Sorby

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Thomas William Sorby (c1852-1910), partner in Thomas Sorby and Sons

Born the son of Thomas Sorby, a Steel Refiner.

1875 An iron merchant and steel manufacturer[1]

1891 Living at 55 Graham Road, Ranmoor, Upper Hallam, Yorkshire: Thomas W. Sorby (age 38 born Sheffield), Iron Merchant. With his wife Pauline and their son Thomas G. Sorby (age 4 born Sheffield) and two daughters.[2]


1910 Obituary [3]

THOMAS WILLIAM SORRY died on September 21, 1910, at the age of fifty-eight. He was the principal partner in the firm of Thos. Sorby & Sons of Sheffield, and carried on a large business as an importer of Swedish iron.

He joined the business at the age of fourteen, and eight years later, on the death of his father, became sole proprietor and took over the management. He was for many years a prominent member of the Cutlers' Company. In 1902 he was elected Junior Warden, and the following year he fulfilled the duties of Senior Warden. Acting under medical advice, he was unable to take up the responsibilities of Master Cutler, to which in the ordinary course he would have succeeded. He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1884.

During the visit of the Institute to Sheffield in 1905 he served on the Reception Committee, and rendered valuable services in connection with the autumn meeting in that year.


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Sources of Information

  1. Probate of his father
  2. 1891 Census
  3. 1910 Iron and Steel Institute: Obituaries