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Mr James Clarke Tozer founded the Old Devonport business of Messrs J C Tozer Ltd, drapers and house furnishers.

Born in the parish of Pennycross, where he was baptised on Friday March 23rd 1860, his parents were Mr James Thomas Solomon Tozer and Miss Susan Beer Clark, who had ,married the previous year at the Ancient Parish Church of Saint Andrew, Plymouth.  In the 1871 census he was a licensed victualler living at West Ham Terrace, Camel's Head with his son, and a 26-years-old general domestic servant by the name of Miss Miss Ellen Strongman, from Falmouth, Cornwall.  He was buried at the Ancient Parish Church of Saint Budeaux on Saturday May 2nd 1891.

Young James joined the Royal Navy and in the 1881 census was recorded as being a Stoker 2nd Class aboard HMS "Temeraire" stationed at that time in Malta.  In 1888 he married Miss Henrietta Matthews, from Kingsbridge, Devon, in the Saint German's Registration District, Cornwall.

Mr James Clarke Tozer, who represented Princes Ward and served as Mayor of Devonport for 1902-03, died suddenly on Tuesday May 15th 1923 while staying at the Constitutional Club in London on business.  His son, James Clifford Tozer, was with him.  The funeral service took place on Friday May 18th 1923 at the Anglican Church of Saint Michael the Archangel, Stoke.  Henrietta Tozer died in 1927 at the age of 66 years.

They had three children: James Clifford Tozer, Dorothy May Tozer and Horace Gordon Tozer, who was killed during the Great War while serving as a Second Lieutenant in the Yorkshire Regiment.  In 1911 they had three live-in staff at Stoke House, a House Maid, a Parlour Maid and a Cook.  Previous to that they had also had a Governess.