J.Lyons was established as a private company in 1887,it later became a public limited company in 1894.Their Head Office remained
at Cadby Hall Hammersmith Road for over 100 years.
In 1894 the first Lyons teashop opened in Piccadily,the forerunner of over 250 white and gold fronted tea shops.
The company soon operated Hotels,laundries,meat pie companies,ice cream companies,tea and coffee companies,tea estates in Nyasaland and were the first to introduce frozen food to the British public.
During the war they managed one of the largest bomb-making facilities in the UK and their engineering works made a range of war material. They packed millions of rations for troops fighting in Asia and other parts of the world and bequeathed one of their teashops to the American personnel stationed at Grosvenor Square.
During the First World War 228 former employees of the company lost their lives and as a tribute to their heroism the directors bought a large piece of land at Sudbury Hill, Middlesex, which they turned into a large sporting complex to serve as a permanent memorial.
A twelve-foot, four-sided, nine-ton granite obelisk was also erected on the sports ground listing all 228 names on the four sides. The unveiling of this war memorial took place on Saturday, 7 October 1922.
In 1968 the Memorials were relocated to the grounds of their Tea Factory in Greenford.
In 2002 the Memorials were again relocated to the Margravine Cemetery,a short distance away from J.Lyons former Head Office in Hammersmith.
In 1915 Issac Smith an employee of J.Lyons was awarded the Victoria Cross.Captain Edward christian,a nephew, of Sir J Lyons died from wounds in France(1916).Alfred Terry was the first employee killed in September 1914.
Hammersmith Old Cemetery
London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
Greater London, England
Plot: Margravine Road Entrance
Created by: Ff
Record added: Aug 19, 2011
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