The Times/1913/Obituary/William Edward Armytage Axon
Dr. W. E. A. Axon.
Dr. William Edward Armytage Axon, a well-known Manchester journalist, died on Saturday at his home in Victoria Park, Manchester, from an internal complaint from which he had suffered for some months.Dr. Axon was best known as an antiquary and a bibliographer, but his interests were extremely varied. He was a prominent member of the Anti-Tobacco League, and was also an ardent vegetarian. As hon. secretary of the Manchester and Salford Sunday Society he took a prominent part in the agitation for the opening of the Manchester libraries on Sunday. He had begun life as a boy in the Manchester Reference Library, and was early drawn to literary pursuits. Later he wrote much on the folklore and historical associations of Lancashire and Cheshire, and the antiquaries of these counties made him their president. Besides this, as a member of the English Dialect Society he wrote many tales and sketches illustrating the dialect and customs of the county in which he lived. He was also the author of "Cobden as a Citizen" (1907). He had been for 30 years on the literary staff of the Manchester Guardian, and for his general literary work was distinguished by the Manchester University, which conferred on him the honorary degree of Master of Arts. This honour was received only two months ago, when Dr. Axon was lying on his sick-bed. he was also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, an honorary LL.D. of Wilberforce University, and had contributed articles to the Encyclopædia Britannica, the Dictionary of National Biography, the American Encyclopædia, and Notes and Queries.