F. C. Silcock – Manager Bovril Company (1897).
Bovril was initially manufactured in Montreal from 1879-1884 (I find that amazing!) until a fire destroyed their operations.
In 1884 the company relocated to London, England.
“In 1870, in the Franco-Prussian War, Napoleon III ordered one million cans of beef to feed his troops. The task of providing all this beef went to a Scotsman living in Canada named John Lawson Johnston.
Large quantities of beef were available across the British Dominions and South America, but its transport and storage were problematic. Therefore, Johnston created a product known as ‘Johnston’s Fluid Beef’, later called Bovril, to meet the needs of Napoleon III.
By 1888, over 3,000 British public houses, grocers and chemists were selling Bovril. In 1889, the Bovril Company was formed.”