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THE BLACK COUNTRY MEMORIES CLUB

The top ten famous Bilstonian's as chosen by BCMC Members at our meeting on October 1st 2014

Also mentioned at the event were the following people

David Bailey - Poet 1834 - 1910(?)

John Cornfield - Brick manufacturer Pawn Broker Social Reformer 1827(?) - 1890

John Etheridge - Bookseller, Ironmonger & Philanthropist 1772 - 1856

The Rev. Richard Ames - Curate of St.Leonard's and Historian 1662 - 1730

Dovey Hawksford - First Enammeller in Bilston 1695 - 1749

Harry Wilkinson - Founder member of The Independent Labour Party and Bilston Councillor

Wallace Lofthouse MBE- Bilston Borough Architect 1885(?) - 1968(?)

Edwin Butler Bayliss - Artist

Henry Challenor - Nurse, Medical Orderley - 1922 -2008

George Benjamin Thorneycroft Ironworker and 'local eccentric' - 1791 - 1851

Ben Bilboe - First Labour Councillor in Bilston and later Mayor of Bilston

Charles Louis Napoleon Wilson - Bilston Borough Surveyor notable for creating The Bratch Waterworks at Wombourne

Ranjit Singh Boparan Billionaire in food business

Harry Eccleston - Artist and banknote designer

George Lloyd Page - Musician 1878 - 1972

Gilbert Thomas Webster - Cartoonist and Caricaturist - 1866 - 1962

William Harold Dudley - Painter and map Maker - 1890 - 1949

Edith Atkins - Record breaking Cyclist - 1920 - 1999

Walter Hughes Bilston Councillor, Magistrate and Science Fiction author (as Hugh Walters) 1910 - 1993

George Onions Victoria Cross Winner - 1883 - 1944

John ("Jack") Thomas Holden - Long Distance Runner 1907 - 2004

George William Showell - Footballer - 1934 - 2012

Don Powell - member of the Pop Group Slade

Sir John Henry Newbolt - Poet, Novelist, Naval Historian, Government Advisor - 1862 - 1938

John Fereday Preston Waterhouse - Musician - 1877 - 1970

James Edward Fleet - Actor - 1954 -

Maureen Dorothy Tranter - Athlete - 1947 -

Tom Stade - Comedian

Tommy Mundon - Comedian -

Reg Summerfield - poet

Plus Numerous Footballers who's names I don't have.

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