Henry John Bostock (1870 - 1956)

Family Trees: Duffield - Part 6 , Duffield - Part 7
Son of: Henry Bostock (1841) and Alice Susanna (1844) Census
Born: 6/1/1870 in Stafford DFR
Died: 27/12/1956 in Stafford Cutting
Will: Will proved 7/3/1957 in London SH
Married: Eleanora (1873) DFR
Children: James Forrester (1902) , Gilbert Handley (1906) , Mary Alice (1909) , Godfrey Stafford (1915) DFR

1871 Census, Castle Church, Stafford, age 1.
1881 Census, Castle Church, Stafford, age 11. 2867.131
1891 Census, Castle Church, Stafford, age 21, shoe manufacturer's clerk. 2819.96
1901 Census, Tillington, Stafford, age 31, ladies boot & shoe manufacturer. 2569.65
1911 Census, Stafford, age 41, shoe manufacturer. 22

Managing director at shoe factory, of Stafford, 1939.

Educated at Kings School, Chester.
Joined the family business of Edwin Bostock, shoe manufacturers, at the age of 17, and after a few years devoted his energies to the selling side of the business, and it was due to his inspiration that Lotus Ltd was formed with the primary object of holding stocks from which retailers could draw their supplies, instead of having to place advanced orders. It was the first firm to adopt this course. Again, due mainly to his inspiration, Lotus Ltd acquired the family businesses of both Edwin Bostock of Stafford, and Frederick Bostock of Northampton, and became a public company in 1920.

He became Managing Director of Lotus in 1920, and Chairman in 1923. He held the two offices until 1945 when he gave up his managing directorship but continued as Chairman until 1953.

Although the business of Lotus Ltd was his main concern he found time to serve in other spheres, and was President of the Incorportaed Federated Associations of Boot and Shoe Manufacturers from 1922 to 1925, and took a prominent part in negotiations with thye Trade Union.

In civic affairs he gave outstanding service from his first election to the Stafford Town Council in 1902. He was Mayor in 1914, became Alderman in 1918, and served on the council until 1956. He was made a Freeman of the Borough in 1942, after 40 years service.

He was a member of the Staffs County Council for many years, and was High Sheriff of Staffs 1948 - 1949. He was awarded the C.B.E. in 1953, and was a J.P. from 1912 to 1950.

In the latter part of his life he spent a great deal of time and energy seeking out much information about the family of Bostock. In 1951 he sent out a Bostock Who's Who sheet to all his living relations, and was responsible for the collecting of information and cuttings that we have referred to here as DFR.


A tribute to his life appeared in the Times of 8/1/1957.
Times 8/1/1957

Chairman of Earl & Earl Ltd.
Council member of the Federation of British Industries.
Chairman of Vik Supplies Ltd.
Director of South Wales & Monmouth Trading Estates Ltd.
Chairman of Sutor Ltd.
Chairman of Lotus & Delta Ltd.

Known as Harry.
T Jun1915
Wedding photo, courtesy of Oliver Gerrish.

Photo portrait, courtesy of Oliver Gerrish.

Portrait by Frank Salisbury, courtesy of Oliver Gerrish.

Archive footage from Staffordshire newspapers of 1947. Flowers in the flowerbed spell out "Ald. H.J. Bostock J.P., 50, Hon Freeman 1947".

Family photo. Henry John is seated second from the right.

Family group at Harry and Nora's golden wedding, 1950.

Photo of his home Shawms, in Stafford, which he had built for him in 1906. Courtesy of Oliver Gerrish.

Henry John and Eleanora had this window erected at Holy Trinity Church, Baswich, Stafford. Courtesy of Oliver Gerrish.

This window at The Guildhall in Stafford comemmorates Henry John by inclusion of the Bostock arms near the bottom. Courtesy of Oliver Gerrish.