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Harry Leonard Gauntlett

Born in 1881, in the 1939 electoral register he lived at 27 Mitcham Park with his wife Louisa, and his occupation was listed as the director of a soap manufacturer, which was R.F. White & Co.

In 1938 he was a councillor on the Mitcham Borough Council in the South Ward.

He died 28th June 1953, and left £18,238 2s. to his widow.

He was chairman of the Mitcham Cricket Club and was succeeded by Stephen Chart.

From the 1954 Yearbook of the Mitcham Cricket Club


It is not so much because he loved cricket that H. L. Gautlett became President of The Mitcham Cricket Club, it was rather that, when the death of Mr. S. L. Gaston left the Club without a man at the helm, it came naturally to him to lend his stocky, solid support.

The Club needed his help, and he judged it worthy of his support.

Once installed as President. Mr. Gauntlett was not content to be just a figurehead. He brought to the service of the Club a very strong sense of right and wrong. The Club respected his attitude and was in turn respected for it. His death leaves the Club indebted to one entitled to his place in a long line of worthy Presidents.

1941 : Figges Marsh Keeper Albert Edward Ball

From Norwood News – Friday 17 January 1941, page 2


Mr. A. E. Ball’s Death After Air Raid

MITCHAM Council employees were represented at the funeral, on Thursday, of Mr. Albert Edward Ball, who had been keeper at Figges Marsh recreation ground for many years. He died at Rectory-lane, Tooting, following an air raid, after making a good recovery from a long illness. He had previously been bombed out of Pitcairn-road, Mitcham.

Sixty years of age, he had been employed by Mitcham Council for nearly 20 years, and was a popular figure on Figges Marsh.

It was his great delight during his illness to receive letters from children who frequented the recreation ground before they were evacuated.

The loss of his only son four years ago told greatly on his health. He leaves a widow and two daughters.

His last wish was that his thanks should be conveyed to Dr. Lahiff for his kindness, and to his colleagues for their sympathy during his illness.

The funeral took place at Old Mitcham Cemetery, the arrangements being carried out by Mr. Albert Stringer, Mitcham.