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George T. Cadman at the Midland Metal Spinning Works

George T. Cadman at the Midland Metal Spinning Works

George Cadman was born in September 1884 in Wolverhampton, to parents George and Lydia. In the 1911 census, Cadman was living at 11 Star Street in Bradmore, with his parents George (aged 49), his mother Lydia (aged 49), his brother Percival (a bootmaker) and his twelve-year-old sister Ellen. In the earlier 1901 census at the same address is also listed his brother Alfred, aged 18. Cadman married Sarah Jane Pagett in June 1915, and they had a daughter, Marjorie Joan, born March 1917.

During the war, Cadman served with the Essex Regiment, the Royal Fusiliers and the London Regiment in France and, according to a notice after his death in the Midland Counties Express, “was wounded and gassed”.

After the War, he helped found the Midland Metal Spinning Co. Ltd. in Wolverhampton along with his father in St Mark Street. By the time of his death in 1942, the firm had grown to have 700 employees. In a Midland Metal Spinning Co. Ltd brochure in the collection of Wolverhampton City Archives, was contained the following note by his daughter, Miss M. J. Cadman:

Mr George Thomas Cadman Jnr came out of the hospital in May 1919 after 2 1/2 years having been wounded on War serivce. He had previously worked in aluminium in Birmingham for two years and also lived there. In 1920 he brought aluminium to Wolverhampton when he founded The Midland Metal Spinning Co. Ltd. Tower Works St. Marks Street, Wolverhampton, with his father Mr G T Cadman Snr, and Mr B Griffiths. Mr F P Webster came to work in the office and was later made a Director. The later [sic] moved to Herrick Street and later to the Clyno Works in Pelham Street.

Due to War service Mr G T Cadman Jnr. died in June 1942. Mrs G T Cadman worked in the early days in the evenings until midnight wrapping up along with his sister Miss Nell Cadman who also died in June 1942. Mr Cadman worked all night mending the belts and at the end of the week had to draw his savings to pay the workmen and had no wages himself. Miss Nell Cadman and Mrs Cadman also worked without pay.

He died on 1 June 1942 aged 56, leaving effects per probate to the value of £2089 1s. 6d., and is buried at St Philip’s Church in Penn Fields.

The research for this blog was completed thanks to one of our volunteers, Ann Eales.

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