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Sir Charles Hyde, Bt


WE regret to record the death at the age of sixty-six of Sir Charles Hyde, proprietor of the Birmingham Post and its associated papers. He was, perhaps, relatively little known outside Birmingham except in newspaper circles and on the racecourse, for he shunned publicity. In Birmingham he was known as a most generous philanthropist. Born at Worcester, the son of a surgeon, he was educated at Clifton and Exeter College, Oxford. At the age of twenty-one he entered the newspaper world at the invitation of his uncle, John Feeney, then proprietor of the Birmingham Post and Mail; on the death of his uncle he became, in 1913, the proprietor of the Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail and Birmingham Weekly Post. To the University of Birmingham Sir Charles gave freely, contributing £10,000 to the appeal fund in 1920. He also bought and equipped a large house in Edgbaston as a hostel for men undergraduates, now known as Chancellor's Hall. In 1925 he gave a further £100,000, part of which was to be devoted to the building of the Students' Union, a fine building which has been of supreme importance in the social life of undergraduates. He also gave £10,000 for a Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Museum in the University Medical School.


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SHAKESPEAR, G. Sir Charles Hyde, Bt. Nature 150, 684–685 (1942).

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