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The report in the Newbury Weekely News (6th February 1947) of James Smallbones death, gives a good summary of his life:

- Born c1862, son of James Smallbones of Great Bedwyn (butcher and farmer),

- Educated at Westfield House boarding school, Hungerford,

- Married c1895, 2 sons and 3 daughters.

- Travelled to Australia when young - joined Freemasons aged 25 years (c1887), and then to America.

- Returned to Hungerforrd. Became agent to several assurance companies.

- Founder member of Hungerford Freemasons Lodge. (Brian Sylvester kindly added that he was the founding Inner Guard of the Hungerford Lodge when consecrated on 9th June 1925).

 - District Councillor, Board of Guardians of the Workhouse, and others.

- Lived at 11 Church Street.

See also:

- Report of James Smallbones death, NWN 6 Feb 1947

- Selection of Smallbones documents