News from 1926 Death of Col Concanon

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Mark Baber

MAB Note: Although no date of death is given in this article, The New
York Times, 19 September 1926, gave the date as 18 September.

The Times, 20 September 1926


The death has occurred at Liverpool of Colonel Henry Concanon, the Port
Manager of the White Star Line.

Born in 1861, he was the son of Mr. Christopher Concanon, one time
governor of Walton prison. He was educated in Liverpool and began his
career with the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board. At the age of 28 he
entered the White Star Line under Mr. T. A. [sic] Ismay, and remained
associated with the company for the rest of his life.

When the White Star Line joined the American "combine," he was made
assistant manager of the line's American trade. Subsequently he became
joint manager of the White Star, Dominion, and American Lines, and
director of the International Navigation Company and of the Oceanic
Steam Navigation Company. In 1920-21 he was chairman of the Liverpool
Steamship Owners' Association. He was a member of the Government
Industrial Conference in 1919, and chairman of the negotiating committee
on Lord Sbaw's dock labour award of 1920. In 1917 Colonel Concanon was
elected a member of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board. He was also a
member of the Joint Committee of the Shipowners and the Dockers' Union
formed to compose disputes. He was vice-chairman of the Liverpool
Employers' Association, a member of the National Committee for the
Training of Seamen, and a member of the Liverpool Committee of Lloyd's

Colonel Concanon played a prominent part in public life. He was a
Justice of the Peace, a county commissioner of the Boy Scout movement,
and for many years a keen worker in the Volunteer and Territorial
Forces. He joined the 4th Volunteer Battalion, afterwards the 7th
Battalion, The King's Liverpool Regiment, and took a commission in 1878.
He rose to the command of the battalion, retiring in 1909. He was also
sub-commander of the Mersey coast defences, and assisted Lord Derby in
the formation of the Territorial Force in Lancashire. He held many
decorations, including the O.B.E. for war services, and the Italian
medal of merit for services rendered on the occasion of the Messina
earthquake. He was the author of "Problems of Invasion," and other

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