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Maurice Fogel (1911-1981)                                                    British magician and mentalist   - The Amazing Fogel                    Born 7 July 1911  in London’s East End of Jewish Polish parents the eldest of seven children.                                                          Died 30 October 1981 of a heart attack on 30th October 1981. He was waiting for a train at Golders Green Underground Station, a few minutes’ walk from his home.                                            He described himself as "the world's greatest mind-reader".            In 1947 he was at the Grand Theatre at Bolton and his act (which run for 23 minutes) was probably the first real one-man mental act to run in Variety in the UK.     

Albert E Fogg (1888-1952)                                                     International Football Referee                                                   Born 1883                                                                           Died 1952 Rochdale, Lancashire                                              Refereed the 1935 FA Cup Final - Lived in a house called 'Wembley' in Chassen Road, Bolton.


Alice Foley (1891-1974)                                                 Trades Unionist, Socialist and Educationalist                            Born 28 November 1891 22 Back Shaw Street, Bolton          Died 30 June 1974 Bolton                                            Educated Ss Peter and Paul's RC School, Bolton.                        Justice of the Peace 1931. Secretary of Bolton & District Weavers' and Winders' Association from 1949.                                       Leading member of Workers Educational Association (WEA). Published autobiography of her early life 'A Bolton Childhood' in 1973.                                                                                 Sister of Catherine Foley qv.


Catherine (Cissy) Foley (1879-1945)                                         Suffragist and Child Healthcare Pioneer                                      Born 1879 Bolton                                                            Died 1945.                                                                          1918 ran 'Babies Welcome', Bolton's first voluntary children's clinic. (See also Sarah Reddish.)                                          Sister of Alice Foley qv.


Wallace Ford (1898-1966)                                                    Actor                                                                                   Born 12 February 1898 Bolton                                            Died 11 June 1966 Woodland Hills, California, USA                   Character actor. Appeared in over 120 films - mostly Westerns.  Real name - Samuel Jones Grundy - 'borrowed' stage name Wallace Ford from a hobo friend who was killed in a railway accident.                                                                              Brought up in a London orphanage and was moved to Canadian branch while still a child. Aged 11 ran away and joined a vaudeville troupe 'Winnipeg Kiddies'.


George Formby (1904-1961)                                               English comic, singer and actor                                           Born George Hoy Booth  26 May 1904  in Wigan, Lancashire,  the son of George Formby Sr, from whom he later took his stage name.                                                                                  Died 6 March 1961 Preston                                                    In the 1932 winter season Formby appeared in his first pantomime, Babes in the Wood, in Bolton.

Edward Sagar Fort OBE (1937-)

Company director

Born Mar 1937


Francis Augustus (Frank) Foster (1892-1970)                          Circus Artist and Ringmaster.                                                  Born 15 December 1892 Astley Bridge, Bolton                        Died 1970 Lincolnshire                                                        Educated Holy Infants School, Astley Bridge, Bolton.                    First Ringmaster of Bertram W Mills Circus - also acrobat, juggler, trapeze artist and bare-back rider. Co-authored books about life in the circus including 'Clowning Through' and 'Pink Coat, Spangles and Sawdust'.


John Arthur Foster (1927-)                                                         Politician                                                                            Born 18 March 1927                                                    Educated Sunning Hill School, Bolton; St Stephens, Kearsley; Bolton Technical College                                                      Mayor of Bolton 1975.

 Joseph William Foster (1881 – 1933)                                       In 1900 established his business at 57 Deane Road, Bolton, where he handmade running shoes.


The Four Tops                                                                         Motown legends The Four Tops performed at Blighty’s in Chapel Street, Farnworth Monday 13 Nov 1972


Charles Elliott Foweraker  (1877-1950)                                      English football manager                                                          Born 11 March 1877 Ruthin, Denbighshire                              Died July 1950 Bolton                                                             Served as manager at Bolton Wanderers from 1919 to 1944, making him the club's longest-serving manager. He is also their most successful manager, winning the FA Cup three times during his time there.


James (Jim) Foy (1914-2000)                                        Professional Wrestler                                                               Born 26 March 1914 Bolton                                                 Died July 2000 Bolton                                                        Took up wrestling aged 16 and began training other wrestlers in 1931. He was Lancashire amateur heavyweight champion before he turned professional in the mid-1940s as 'The Mighty Elmo'. Had more than 2000 bouts in his career.                                       Retired from wrestling in 1963.


Julie Foy (1970-)                                                                Actress                                                                              Born 5 May 1970 Bolton                                                        Educated College of the Performing Arts, Salford.                        Played Tracy in 'Jossy's Giants', played Gina Seddon in 'Coronation Street'.

Sheila Fox (1938-1944)                                                          Missing schoolgirl.                                                                 1938 Farnworth, Lancashire, England                                       Disappeared 18 August 1944 aged 6.                                    Her disappearance at the age of six from Bolton, Lancashire, England has been called one of World War II England's most "baffling" mysteries. The press dubbed Fox "The Girl in the Green Mac" Sheila She was last seen after leaving St James's Primary School in New Bury, Farnworth, Bolton. At some point as she made her way home to her family's house on Macdonald Avenue, New Bury, Sheila Fox disappeared, never to be seen again.


Stuart (Stu) Francis (1948-)                                                    Comedian, TV Presenter                                                     Born 1948 Bolton                                                      Educated Brownlow Fold School                                      Hosted BBC children's programme 'Crackerjack' 1978-1984.     Catchphrases include 'I could crush a grape'.


Oberleutnant Zee Kurt Frankenberg (c.1887-1916)                    Born c.1887                                                                         Died 28 Nov 1916                                                              15 August 1916-28 November 1916 LZ 61 Commanding Officer.                                                                           1916 (25–26 Sep) Unable to find its designated targets of Derby and Nottingham, and instead attacked Bolton, Lumb, Rawtenstall, Ewood Bridge, Stonefold, Haslingden, Helmshore, Rossendale, Ramsbottom and Holcombe


Peter Freeman  (1946-)                                                         Boxer                                                                                  Born 17 Nov 1946 Bolton                                                     Leon Spinks beat Peter Freeman by a first-round knockout in Liverpool, England – 5 Mar 1977.


Col Gilbert Joseph French  (1856-1929)                                    Naturalist, Soldier and Solicitor                                            Born 20 March 1856  Astley Bridge, Bolton                            Died 1929.                                                                          Son of Gilbert James French qv. President of the Bolton Field Naturalists' Society and a noted antiquarian and author.               Colonel commanding the 2nd Volunteer Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (afterwards the 5th Battalion L.N.L. Regiment), 1902-9. Holder of the Volunteer Decoration.


Gilbert James French (1804-1866)                                      Born 1804 Edinburgh, Scotland                                               Died  4 May 1866  Bolton                                                Draper, 'manufacturer of Church furnitures' and Biographer  Biographer of Samuel Crompton qv and instrumental in the erection of statue of Crompton in Nelson Square, Bolton.                Donated silver-plated Civic Mace to the Borough of Bolton in 1838.                                                                         President of the Bolton Mechanics' Institution 1857-8. Father of Col Gilbert Joseph French qv.

Israel “Sol” Friedman (Abt 1903-1989)                                     Businessman                                                                      Born abt 1903 Manchester son of David and his wife, Annie.       He was in business in Bolton as a silk mercer at Palatine Buildings, 9 Knowsley St.

Hughie Lewis Fury (1994-)                                                      British professional boxer.                                                         Born 18 September 1994 Stockport, Greater Manchester, England.                                                                              He challenged once for the WBO heavyweight title in 2017.         He was based at the new gym in the Platinum Community Centre in the old Robin Hood pub on Halliwell Road. Cousin of Tyson Fury


Tyson Fury (1988-)                                                                 British professional boxer.                                                   Born 12 August 1988 Wythenshawe, Manchester, England.        He is a two-time world heavyweight champion, having held the WBC, The Ring magazine and lineal titles since defeating Deontay Wilder in February 2020; previously he held the unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring, and lineal titles after defeating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.                                                   He was based at the new gym in the Platinum Community Centre in the old Robin Hood pub on Halliwell Road. Cousin of Hughie Fury.

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