Industrialist and philanthropist, born 1854 in Hull, died 1943 in Reigate Heath. He was one of the funders of Swaythling Methodist Hall. His biography in the Dictionary of National Biography does not mention Southampton, but his business, Joseph Rank Limited, a flour and bakery company developed through "importing wheat direct rather than through dealers. He subsequently erected other mills close to English and Welsh ports which had deep water access and could receive shipments of foreign grain". It is likely that he had business interests in Southampton.


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