Varnish company, established in 1896.
In the 1913 directory, Wilfred DODWELL and William SMEE are listed as varnish manufacturers, with referral to the entry for Norman Smee & Dodwell in Miles Lane.
MANUFACTURERS OF HIGH-CLASS VARNISHES for Coach Builders and Decorators, Railway Carriage and Locomotive Builders, and Ship Builders.
Special insulating Varnishes for electrical Purposes
Offices and Factory : MILES LANE, MITCHAM, SURREY.
Text of ad from Wireless World May 1918 (pdf)
From the Military Service Tribunals:
Mitcham & Tooting Mercury, 20th April, 1917
SURREY APPEAL TRIBUNAL.
R. P. Dodwell, 31, single, varnish and paint manufacturer, works manager and chemist, whose case had been adjourned for medical examination, had been classified B1. It was claimed that it would be impossible to carry out orders, which were chiefly for war purposes, without his special knowledge. Twelve months ago he was given total exemption, and the Military Representative now appealed.
A further two months’ exemption was granted, and not final.
According to the 1961 Kelly’s directory, the company had moved to Croydon:
NORMAN, SMEE & DODWELL LTD
Union road, Croydon, Surrey
T N THOrnton Heath 8355;
Grams, “Decor. Croydon”; estab. 1896