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Wilfrid Byng Kenrick

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(Wilfrid) Byng Kenrick (1872–1962), industrialist and civic leader

1872 Born in Birmingham, son of William Kenrick and his wife Mary[1]

Educated at Rugby School

1891 Attended Balliol College, Oxford[2]

Married Norah Beale; they had 3 sons and a daughter[3]

Chairman of the family firm, Archibald Kenrick and Sons

1914 Elected to Birmingham City Council.

Much involved in improvement of education in Birmingham

1928 Lord Mayor of Birmingham

1945 Wilfrid withdrew from day-to-day involvement in management of the company; his son, William, was promoted to managing director.

1962 Died in Birmingham. His son John Byng Kenrick was an architectural assistant; another son Hugh Kenrick was an ironfounder[4]


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Sources of Information

  1. 1891 census
  2. Oxford Men
  3. The Times, Aug 08, 1962
  4. National Probate Calendar
  • Biography of the William Edmund Kenrick, ODNB