Whitefield Glanville Wills

WILLS, Whitefield Glanville. b. Bristol, 28 October 1841; d. Ealing, West London, 2 October 1891. According to James Mearns* in JJ, p. 1728, he was the son of ‘the late H.O. Wills, of Bristol’. Mearns’s phrasing suggests that H.O. Wills may have been well known, one of the tobacco family: W.D. and H.O. Wills made cigarettes, including the famous ‘Woodbines’ which became a part of the history of World War I (see Geoffrey Anketell Studdert-Kennedy*). The family was famous for fair dealing and considerate treatment of their employees. Whitefield Glanville (the name ‘Whitefield’ suggests strong attachment to the example and beliefs of George Whitefield*) married Lucy Helen Hebblethwaite, a hymn...

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