Alderman Simon Jude’s sudden death from seizure

December 31, 1921
The news of the sudden death of Alderman Simon Jude, J.P., will come as a shock to a wide circle of citizens. He had been staying with some friends at Southport, and during Saturday evening visited a local place of entertainment, which, however, he was compelled to leave in the course of an hour or so through being seized with a fit of coughing. He was removed from the theatre, and when a doctor arrived Mr. Jude had passed away. From some little time he had suffered from a hear complaint, owing to which circumstance he had partly retired from business.

Mr. Jude, who had hosts of friends, was a member of the firm Simon Jude and West, well known chartered accountants. He was born in Liverpool in 1857, and in 1875 became employed with Messrs. Harmood Banner and Son with which he remained until 1881, when in conjunction with two other gentlemen, he started in business on his own account. This partnership, however, came to an end, and he was joined by Mr. Joseph West, who had also been connected with the Harmood Banner firm.

Mr. Jude first entered the City Council in 1895 as a Conservative for Netherfield Ward, was elected Alderman in 1906, subsequently being raised to the magisterial bench. During his connection with the Council Alderman Jude did a deal of useful work, and always showed keen interest in everything appertaining to his duties as a representative of the ratepayers. As a member of deputations appointed to obtain information for the good administration of the city’s affair he visited America and many Continental places.

Among the positions he held were those of chairman of the Markets Committee for 17 years, and membership of the Finance and Estate Committees, and also represented the Corporation on the Lancashire and Western Sea Fisheries Joint Committee. In Freemasonry Mr. Jude was prominent being a Past Master of the Merchants’. Prudence, and New Brighton Lodges, and P. Prov. G.D. of C. West Lanc.

Mr. Jude, whose residence was at Beach Lawn, Waterloo, leaves a widow and a son. He had two sons in the war, but the elder of them, who was a lieutenant in the Royal Lancashire, made the great sacrifice.
(Source: Liverpool Courier: January 2, 1922)


  1. Hi,
    Thanks for this amazing blog!

    I am writing the biography of Mr Jude’s eldest son, Leo, who was a Captain with the Loyal North Lancs Regiment.


  2. Hi there, Mr Joseph West who was a partner in the Liverpool firm was my Great Grandfather, email me if you would like some more info

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