Joined in 1910 from the USA. "Surefire" headed Buying for 25 years. Famous for spectacular store openings and for driving everywhere in his Rolls-Royce.
The sole Briton on the team, Bill shaped the 5 & 10¢ into "Woolies". He took it to the top of the UK market. Director 1909-23, MD 1923-31, Chairman 1931-1947.
The sole architect of FWW UK. He was paid just £1 p.a. cash to be its Chairman. Hand-picked the Board and early locations. Frank loved England and the English.
Rose from the ranks, from errand boy in the 1890s, to Superintendent for New York in 1908. Founder Director of FWW UK. In 1921 returned to USA to become FD, becoming Worldwide President in 1931.
Frank's cousin, who joined at the bottom, rising to manage the flagship 6th Avenue, NY store before taking on the MD role in the UK, Despite his reputation for caution, he lead the British company with great skill.
American Manager hired to set up the first store in Liverpool and train store managers. He excelled, "Charlie" rose to become Deputy Chairman in the 1930s, but joked that he preferred a round of golf !
Samuel R BALFOUR
Joined as a 'learner' and rose to manage the Warehouse in 6th Avenue NY. He was headhunted as FD and Secretary of FWW UK because of his superb writing and record keeping. He was recalled to the USA in 1910.
That's all we know!