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Jersey Road

Road east of Ipswich Road and south of Seeley Road.

1933 OS map

1933 OS map

Occupants listed in the 1915 street directory:

From Links Road to Seeley Road
4, Alfred George NORRIS
6, Frank Ewart MASSEY
12, Victor PENNECARD

World War 1 Connections

From the Surrey Recruitment Registers:

F H NICHOLLS of 16 Jersey Road, aged 28 Years 9 Months, Compositor. Conscripted on 4 February 1917 to the 110th Training Reserve Batn.

From the Military Service Tribunals:

Mitcham & Tooting Mercury, 14th December, 1917
Mitcham Tribunal

Mr W. Chilcott, age 29 (C2), a paper traveller, of Jersey-road, Tooting Junction, said he had one child, and a happy event was expected shortly in the family. There was no one to look after the wife if he joined up. Applicant said he had left his late employers, and was now a lathe operator. He held an exemption certificate, made by his employers. He said he was passed for labour at home, and was willing to do that work if needed. He had been rejected previously. Applicant said he had noticed that some Tribunals had given men conditional exemption if they did work of national importance.

Three months’ exemption.



Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.

Fernlea Road

Road at south eastern end of Graham Avenue and Graham Road, connecting to Sandy Lane. Twelve houses at the southern end of the road were called Colwin and Leighton Cottages.

1952 OS Map

1952 OS Map

possibly 1927

World War 1 Connections

Private Harold Edgar Carter

Private George Francis Drewett

Lance Corporal Percy Herbert Sellers

Able Seaman Clarence John Wharton

From the Surrey Recruitment Registers:

H E BATEMAN of 83 Fernlea Road, aged 18 Years 1 Months, Coalboy. Conscripted on 11 January 1917 to the 22nd Training Reserve Batn.

Harold G CARTER of 3 Fernlea Road. Conscripted on 25 February 1918 to the Royal Fusiliers (53rd Ysb).

A S EDWARDS of 79 Fernlea Road, aged 18 Years, Baker. Conscripted on 8 November 1916 to the Norfolk Regiment (2/6th Batn).

A W ELLIS of Llanberris Fernlea Road, aged 26 Years 11 Months, Printer. Conscripted on 12 December 1916 to the Royal Sussex Regiment (1/6th Batn).

C E HOAD of Snowdon Cott Fernlea Road, aged 17 Years 11 Months, Labourer. Conscripted on 2 April 1917 to the 30th Training Reserve Batn.

W H KIRKHAM of 35 Fernlea Road, aged 21 Years 9 Months, Barman. Volunteered on 8 June 1915 to the East Surrey Regiment.

J MORLEY of 57 Fernlea Road, aged 21 Years 2 Months, Labourer. Volunteered on 6 December 1915 to the East Surrey Regiment (3rd Batn).

H C PETLEY of 83 Fernlea Road, aged 39 Years, Etcher. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 11 December 1915 to the Middlesex Regiment (25th Batn).

A TOURLE of 27 Fernlea Road, aged 25 Years 8 Months, Confectioner. Conscripted on 14 January 1916 to the 5th Labour Corps (301st Labour Co).

A E TRUCKELL of 47 Fernlea Rd, aged 30 Years, Grinder. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 12 December 1915 to the Royal Garrison Artillery.

H TURNER of 67 Fernlea Road, aged 17 Years 11 Months, Engineer. Conscripted on 28 October 1916 to the 21st Training Reserve Batn.

G WEBB of 17 Fernlea Road, aged 20 Years 2 Months, Machinist. Volunteered on 9 November 1915 to the East Surrey Regiment (11th Batn).

C F WELLER of 39 Fernlea Road, aged 18 Years, Sawyer. Conscripted on 21 June 1916 to the Royal Sussex Regiment (3rd Batn).


From the Military Service Tribunals:

Mitcham & Tooting Mercury, 30th November, 1917
Mitcham Tribunal

Mr A.W.C. Carter aged 41, married, Fernlea-road, Mitcham, a master builder, appealed on financial and business grounds. His staff consists of his young son, two discharged men and one man over 50 years of age. He was classified C1 and was a special constable. He has had total exemption so long as he resumed his present employment. He had seven children and a delicate wife. A certificate from the inspector of the Mitcham specials, stating that the applicant was very efficient in the discharge of his duties. Applicant said he did a great deal of sanitary work.

The Chairman : I suppose the position is as before? – Yes, sir.

Ald. Chart : About how many houses have you to attend to? – About a thousand, sir.

Three months’ exemption.


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Private Geoffrey Chart

DEATH OF PTE. CHART.

—Mr. R. M. Chart. C.A., is so well-known for many years’ work as surveyor to the old Rural District Council and as County Alderman, that the sympathy will be wide for the loss he has sustained in the death at the front of his son, Pte. Geoffrey Chart, who joined up on the outbreak of the Boer War, and after the campaign was over started in business in Cape Town. When this war commenced he again joined the Highlanders, and last spring came back for a few days to his old home. He was wounded in action on Sept. 21st, and hopeful news was sent as to his recovery, but he died Sept. 23rd. He was 36, and leaves a wife and two children. Alderman Chart has three other sons serving.

Source: Surrey Mirror – Friday 12 October 1917 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

ALD. CHART’S BEREAVEMENT.

Pte. Geoffrey Chart, South African Contingent, whose death on Sept. 23rd from wounds received on the 21st is reported, was the fourth son of Mr. Robert M. Chart, St. Mary’s, Mitcham, Alderman of the Surrey County Council, and chairman of the Small Holdings and Allotments Committee.

Source: Surrey Advertiser – Saturday 06 October 1917 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

From the Commonwealth War Graves Commission:

Rank: Private
Service No: 10196
Date of Death: 23/09/1917
Age: 36
Regiment/Service: South African Infantry, 4th Regiment
Grave Reference: I. E. 6.
Cemetery: Nine Elms British Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium.
Additional Information: Son of Robert and Florence Chart, of St. Mary’s, Mitcham, Surrey, England; husband of Margaret Chart, of Limebrook Cottage, Bingham Street, Bangor, Co. Down, Ireland.

The Nine Elms British Cemetery contains 1,556 Commonwealth burials from the First World War.

According to Eric Mobtague, in his Mitcham Histories : 1 The Cricket Green, page 105, St. Mary’s was the home of Robert Masters Chart from 1911 until his death in 1942. The house was near the old Methodist church, on the eastern side of the Cricket Green, and was demolished in the 1950s.

This image, part of a 1903 postcard, shows the old Methodist church and some houses next to it, which may include St Mary’s, where the road Chart Close is today.

c. 1903

c. 1903

Sibthorp Road

Called Sibthorp (without the ‘e’) in earlier street directories, Sibthorpe Road is currently a short road, almost an alleyway, off of the west side of London Road, north of the Kings Arms pub and opposite the White Lion of Mortimer pub (formerly the Bucks Head). It leads to the public car park, which has entrances in Holborn Way.

It was possibly named after Waldo Sibthorp of The Elms.

On the 1866 OS map there is a strip of land with trees, with two houses on the south side.

1866 OS map

An auction notice of 1879 includes a block of 12 brick and slate houses, one unfinished, with the rest let at 5 shillings per week, which could imply that they had recently been built. The auction also refers to two cottages and a plot of building land opposite.

14th June 1879 Morning Post auction notice (from the British Newspaper Archive)

The 1893 electoral register includes named terraces, listed below. It is not known which terrace was built first.

Garfield Terrace
1, William WHITFIELD
2, George BETTS
3, George BUTLER
5, Henry GREEN
7, Thomas CRESSWELL
8, Arthur BASSON
9, Robert DIXON
10, Henry SEARLE
12, Robinson AMBROSE

Garibaldi Terrace
1, William WILKES
3, William LUKER
5, Edward BALL
6, John SALLIS
7, John GODDEN
9, John CHADWICK
10, John PARSONS
11, George STANLEY

Mayfield Cottages
1, ALfred Wilks
2, George BURTON
3, Thomas GOULD
5, David LAVENDER
6, Amy HIGGS
7, William KENT

Occupants listed in Sibthorp Road in 1893:

1, Walter WATSON
2, Aaron WARE
3, Charles HARVEY
4, William SUGDEN
5, William TOWNSEND
6, James HOLLOWAY
7, Caroline BATCHELOR
8, Noah BLAKE
9, John RAPER
13, Henry CHANDLER
14, Thomas RUSSELL
15, Henry FORSTER
16, Thomas ISAAC
17, William VARNHAM
19, Arthur HOOKINS
25A, George SALES
26, Albert WARD
27, George CORNISH
27A, Albert BOWMAN
28, Joseph WOOLMER
28A, Josiah SMITH
31, Thomas NEWSOM
32, Edward BRYANT
34, Thomas CLARKE

1921 aerial view of Sibthorp Road

2015. View from public car park. White Lion of Mortimer pub can be seen at far end.

2015. View from public car park. White Lion of Mortimer pub can be seen at far end.

1910 OS map

1910 OS map

1952 OS map

1952 OS map

sibthorpe-road-from-fb

MITCHAM ROBT. N. FULLER, MOON & FULLER Will Sell by Auction, at the Greyhound Hotel, Croydon, on THURSDAY, JANUARY 26th, at Six o’clock, NOS. 2 to 24 (even Nos.), SIBTHORP ROAD, consisting of twelve desirable leasehold COTTAGES, producing together £202 16s. per annum. Printed particulars with conditions of Sale may be had of the Vendor’s Solicitors, Messrs. Woodcock, Ryland and Parker, 15, Bloomsbury-square, W.C. ; of Messrs. Chart, Son and Reading, Architects and Surveyors, Vestry Hall, Mitcham, and at the Auctioneers’ Offices, 83, High-street, Croydon, and at Purley, Coulsdon, Reigate, and Epsom

Source: Croydon Chronicle and East Surrey Advertiser – Saturday 24 December 1910 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

Occupants in 1911 included William Kent, blacksmith.

1911 Census for the family of Private George James Howe.

Private Charles Henry Hussey lived here in the 1930s.

Matilda Baker and Emma Gregory lived here and both worked as Firework Artists, according to the 1881 list of workers at James Pain’s firework factory.

Gardener at the Tamworth Farm recreation ground, George Finch, lived here in 1952.

World War 1 Connections

Corporal T G Bates

Private George James Howe

Private Edward Henry Roles

Private George James Schofield

Private Walter John Wells

From the Surrey Recruitment Registers:

R BARRON of 36 Sibthorpe Road, aged 17 Years 9 Months, Firework Maker. Conscripted on 13 September 1916 to the 22nd Training Reserve Batn.

E H BOLES of 68 Sibthorpe Road, aged 18 Years, Factory Hand. Conscripted on 2 September 1916 to the 26th Training Reserve Batn.

Thos BUTCHER of 90 Sibthorpe Road, aged 18 Years 11 Months, Carman. Joined on 17 May 1915 to the Royal West Surrey Regiment.

C H COOK of 21 Sibthorpe Road, aged 38 Years, Butcher. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 7 June 1916 to the Middlesex Regiment (29th Batn).

W FOSSETT of 14 Sibthorpe Road Mitcham, aged 18 Years 8 Months, Carman. Joined on 19 June 1916 to the Royal Fusiliers.

C GAUNTLET of 62 Sibthorp Road, aged 26 Years 9 Months, Labourer. Volunteered on 20 October 1915 to the East Surrey Regiment (11th Batn).

S HARPER of 50 Sibthorpe Road, aged 39 Years 4 Months, Fitter. Volunteered on 27 May 1915 to the Royal Engineers.

A D JOHNSON of 48 Sibthorpe Road, aged 37 Years 11 Months, Wheelwright. Volunteered on 1 February 1915 to the Army Service Corps.

J LAWRENCE of 7 Sibthorpe Villas Mitcham, aged 28 Years 6 Months, Cook. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 5 June 1916 to the East Kent Regiment (3rd Batn).

A G MANN of 78 Sibthorpe Road, aged 40 Years, Fitter. Volunteered on 31 May 1915 to the Army Veterinary Corps.

A A MILES of 76 Sibthorpe Road, aged 40 Years, Labourer. Volunteered on 31 May 1915 to the Army Veterinary Corps.

G MORRIS of 84 Sibthorpe Road, aged 26 Years, Plumber. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 12 December 1915 to the Royal Engineers.

C NIGHTINGALE of 42 Sibthorp Road, aged 39 Years 3 Months, Bricklayer. Conscripted on 12 December 1915 to the Royal Engineers.

William ROFFE of Fred Roffe 20 Sibthorpe Road, aged 19 Years 7 Months, Carman. Joined on 16 December 1913 to the East Surrey Regiment (4th Batn).

R T SCHOFIELD of 34 Sibthorp Road, aged 17 Years 9 Months, Porter. Conscripted on 14 April 1917 to the 27th Training Reserve Batn.

H J J SCOBELL of 20 Sibthorp Road Surrey, aged 18 Years 10 Months, Baker. Joined on 14 June 1915 to the Army Service Corps (supply).

J TAYLOR of 66 Sibthorpe Road, aged 23 Years 2 Months, Box Sorter. Volunteered on 18 January 1915 to the Army Service Corps.

H J WELLS of 19 Sibthorpe Road, aged 38 Years, Bricklayer. Volunteered on 27 January 1915 to the East Surrey Regiment.

W J WELLS of 19 Sibthorp Road, aged 17 Years 9 Months, Gardener. Conscripted on 17 March 1917 to the 27th Training Reserve Batn.

S WHEELER of 22 Sibthorpe Rd, aged 22 Years, Gardener. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 22 November 1915 to the Royal West Kent Regiment (3rd Batn).

H A WILDE of 70 Sibthorp Road, aged 17 Years 9 Months, Porter. Conscripted on 31 March 1917 to the 27th Training Reserve Batn.


News Articles
Mitcham & Tooting Mercury, 12th January 1917, page 3

Compulsory Education

A Mitcham mother had to answer in dock at Croydon on Saturday for having failed to send her child to school regularly. The prisoner, who had been arrested by a warrant officer, was Edith Amelia Hinckley (31), married, of Sibthorp Road. She had been before the court six times on summonses, and had failed to obey the last one. After the last fine, on October 7th, her girl made only 12 attendances out of a possible 103.

Prisoner said the child was delicate, and having 6 youngsters to keep on a separation allowance of 29 shillings weekly, could not properly clothe her for going out in all weathers.

A fine of 10 shillings was imposed.


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Grenfell Road

Road off east side of London Road, south of Tooting Station.

1950 OS Map

1950 OS Map

The road was made up in 1902. From the minutes of the Croydon Rural District Council, Volume 8, 1902 to 1903, 18th September 1902, page 394:

Grenfell Road Tenders

The Council opened and considered the undermentioned tenders received for the making up, forming, kerbing, and metalling of Grenfell Road, Mitcham:-

Stockwell & Co., Bromley = £600 8s.
Adams, T., Wood Green, London = £527
Iles, E., Mitcham = £476
Free & Sons, Maidenhead = £454
Wheeler, W., Southwark, S.E. = £336

Resolved, That the tender of Mr. E. Iles, of Mitcham, be accepted, and that the necessary bond be entered into in accordance of conduct.

A water trough outside the Gorringe Park Hotel was in the way of this however, as can be seen from the minutes of the Croydon Rural District Council, Volume 8, 1902 to 1903, Road and Buildings Committee, 20th November 1902, page 571:

The Surveyor reported that in order to complete the work of making up Grenfell Road it had become necessary to remove an obstructive water trough erected in connection with the Gorringe Park Hotel. The Owners of the Hotel (Messrs. Young & Co.) stated that the water trough was the property of the tenant, who, however, had refused to remove it.

—The Committee instructed the Surveyor to formally call upon the tenant of the Hotel to remove the water trough.


From the 1915 street directory:

from London Road to Bruce Road

SOUTH SIDE

2, Daniel KERWOOD, confectioner
Snelling & Gathercote Ltd. concrete slab manufacturers

… here is Bruce Road …

NORTH SIDE

1, John C. HUGHES
3, Mrs KNAPP, wardrobe dealer
15, Raphael SHIREWITZ, ladies’ and gents’ tailors
25, Joseph WILSON, estate office

… here is Sirdar Road …

27, F. BOWDITCH, confectioner
29, Sydney HANNAM, fried fish shop
31, Hill House Laundry
33, David MORRIS, dairy
35, William TYRELL, butcher
36, Walter SWEET, oil and color man
39, Peter HEARN, greengrocer

News Articles
The newspaper articles below are via the British Newspaper Archive

Newcastle Journal – Wednesday 26 December 1917

CROYDON SHOOTING DRAMA.

Mother and Her Daughter’s Honour.

Elisabeth Peterken (35) Sirdar Road, Tooting Junction, wife of a soldier on active service, was charged Croydon with attempting to murder Walter Sweet, oil and colour man, of Grenfell Road, Mitcham, by shooting him with six-chamber revolver.

On Saturday, Sweet was before the court charge of indecently assaulting Mrs 12-year-old daughter. The child alleged that when she went into the shop buy some sugar, Sweet took her to back room, and behaved improperly when she was on his knee. A doctor said that the girl was highly nervous, but there were no signs any actual assault. The Chairman, in dismissing the case, told Sweet that the Bench did not for one moment believe that the girl had invented the story, but that there was no corroboration.

Sweet, giving evidence in this case, said that when he returned home from the court on Saturday, and was serving a lady customer. Mrs Peterken came into the shop and said she wished to see him alone. He refused, and sent his daughter for the police.

Prisoner then fired at him three limes, but he got under the counter and escaped, and later fired again at the shop window.

PC. Bliss said that when he closed with the woman she said: “All right. I have not shot him but I meant to. I sorry I did not. I will shoot him, for that is he all deserves.” She had a number of live cartridges in her possession.

Arthur Wm. Smith, commercial traveller who went to the constable’s assistance, said that the woman was very excited, and was apparently labouring under a feeling of great injustice.

Detective Fern said that that morning Mrs Petersen said: “I see my folly now. If I had had anyone to console with me on Saturday on my way home in the tram I should never have done such a thing. I drank a bottle of stout to give me courage. She said that she had to use both hands to fire the revolver.

A son said that his mother’s health had broken down through her trying to keep on his father’s business. His father was called two years ago and was expected home soon.

The woman was committed for trial. Bail was allowed, and Miss Nash, the probationary officer undertook to live with the woman until her husband returned.

World War 1 Connections

Private Henry Frederick Boston
Private Percy George ROE
Private John THURLOW
Serjeant Hubert William WATTS

Ad for Wainberg’s of number 3, Grenfell Road : Shoe maker and repairer.

June 1949 ad

June 1949 ad


From the minutes of the Croydon Rural District Council
Volume IX 1903 – 1904
23rd April 1903
page 68

No. 2483, Wilson, J., 8 shops and tenement houses, Grenfell Road, Mitcham


Minutes of meetings held by the Croydon Rural District Council are available on request from the Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre at Morden Library.

Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.

George Weston Devenish

Lived at Hillfield, son of Bertha and Henry Weston Devenish.

Born 25th July 1893, died on 6th June 1917 aged 23.

Educated at Charterhouse.

From the Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Rank: Lieutenant
Date of Death: 06/06/1917
Regiment/Service: Royal Flying Corps 35th Sqdn. and Royal Field Artillery
Panel Reference:
Memorial: ARRAS FLYING SERVICES MEMORIAL

His letters home are held by the Imperial War Museum, and were donated by his mother. Published as a book, the Internet Archive have a copy of this book, which can be downloaded as a PDF.

His will:

DEVENISH George Weston of Hillfield Mitcham Surrey
lieutenant H.M. Army died 6 June 1917 at Le Catelet (Somme) France
Administration London 31 October to Henry Weston Devenish barrister-at-law.
Effects £1194 9s. 9d.

Adjusted for inflation, this is around £156,000 in 2016 values.

His Royal Aero Club Aviator’s Certificate read:

DEVENISH, George Weston,
Hillfield, Mitcham, Surrey.

Born 25th July 1893 at Mitcham, Surrey
Nationality British
Rank, Regiment or Profession Lieut. R.F.A.,
Certificate taken on Maurice Farman Biplane
At Military School, Brooklands.
Date 26th September 1916
Killed in action 6th June 1917

For more, see the entry in Carved in Stone.

Seaton Road

Road on western edge of the Mitcham Gas Works, and north of Fox’s Path.

On the 1952 OS map there are two rows of houses, numbered, from south to north, 1A to 18A on the west side and 1 to 16 on the east side.

On the 1910 OS map, there were two more houses on the east side, at the corner with Portland Road, numbers 17 and 18. These may have sustained bomb damage during World War 2, and were demolished. In 1995, planning permission was approved to build two new houses, numbered 17 and 18.

The road was built around 1902, as shown in the council minutes:

From the minutes of the
Croydon Rural District Council
Roads and Buildings Committee
Volume VIII 1902 – 1903
21st June 1902
page 217

2. Deposited Plans. – The Buildings Sub-Committee reported that they had carefully examined al the plans of new streets and buildings deposited since the last meeting, and on their recommendation, it was Resolved:-
(a) That the undermentioned be approved:
No. 2165, Jordan, T, 18 houses, Seaton Road, Mitcham

and on 20th November 1902
page 572:

No. 2313, Jordan, T, 20 houses, Seaton Road, Mitcham

Maps

1952 OS map

1952 OS map

1932 OS map

1932 OS map

1937 aerial view looking to east. At top of photo is the Mitcham Gas Works. On the right, the footpath is Field Gate Lane. On the bottom of the photo can be seen part of the factory roof of Standard Upholstery.

1937 aerial view looking to east. At top of photo is the Mitcham Gas Works. On the right, the footpath is Fox’s Path. On the bottom of the photo can be seen part of the factory roof of Standard Upholstery.

Occupants from Street Directories
1925

South Side
1, William John SMITH, junior
2, Amos SMITH
3, James ROBINSON
4, Alfred ALLEN
5, Thomas DREWETT
6, Mrs POWELL
7, William W BIRD
8, John CHALLIS
9, George CRESSWELL
10, Bertram YEATES
11, Charles John DOLBY
12, Arthur KING
13, Alfred DEACON
14, Frederick MATTHEWS
15, James WILLCOCK
16, Harry NEW
17, Augustus STANDING
18, A.M. TOLHURST & Sons (grocers)

North Side
1A, John TIBBLES
2A, Henry JAMES
3A, Alfred HUDSON
4A, Leonard DIXIE
5A, Bernard JEWELL
7A, George HATFIELD
8A, Samuel CHAMBERS
9A, Mrs Louisa CRESSWELL
10A, Reginald F. WILLIAMS
11A, Arthur RUSSELL
12A, George CAIN
13A, George Albert BENNETT
14A, Abraham BATES
15A, John COYLE
16A, David LUXSON
17A, Thomas POWELL
18A, Arthur DREW


A total of 30 men from this road joined up in World War 1, with 6 not returning.

Of the six that died, it’s possible that Frederick Matthews lied about his age. On the Surrey Recruitment Register his age is shown as 19 when volunteering on 30th October, 1915, but the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has his age as 20 when he died in March 1918. His elder brother had volunteered on the 3rd June 1915.

The names of the six fallen are on the Mitcham War Memorial.

World War 1 Connections
From the Commonwealth War Graves Commission:

Private H Bennett

Rifleman W E Cook

Private John Hopkins

Private Frederick Matthews

Ordinary Seaman William New

Private James Walsh

From the Surrey Recruitment Registers:

F A BEARD of 7a Seaton Road, aged 24 Years 2 Months, Labourer. Conscripted on 13 June 1917 to the 84th Training Reserve Batn.

G T BUCKFIELD of 5 Seaton Road, aged 21 Years 6 Months, Greengrocer. Joined on 8 March 1917 to the Royal Field Artillery.

S CHAMBERS of 8a Seaton Road, aged 25 Years 7 Months, Labourer. Conscripted on 7 August 1917 to the Labour Centre.

C F CHAPMAN of 6a Seaton Road, aged 30 Years, Carman. Volunteered on 21 April 1915 to the Army Service Corps.

T DEACON of 6a Seaton Road, aged 19 Years, Hawker. Volunteered on 1 November 1915 to the Royal Fusiliers.

J ENEVER of 11a Seaton Road, aged 33 Years 9 Months, Labourer. Volunteered on 6 July 1915 to the Royal West Surrey Regiment.

C H FLINT of 11a Seaton Road, aged 30 Years, Labourer. Conscripted on 25 June 1917 to the 301st Labour Coy (5th Batn).

J W GREEN of 4 Seaton Road, aged 19 Years, Carman. Conscripted on 28 February 1917 to the Royal West Surrey Regiment (labour Coy).

J H HICKS of 1 Seaton Road, aged 45 Years, Painter. Volunteered on 2 June 1915 to the Middlesex Regiment.

D. HOLDFORD of 5 Seaton Road, aged 25 Years 1 Months, Carman.
W. G. HOLDFORD of 5 Seaton Road, aged 23 Years 5 Months, Labourer. Both volunteered on 16 January 1915 to the Royal Field Artillery.

D E LUXON of 16a Seaton Road, aged 25 Years 4 Months, Fitter. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 10 December 1915 to the Royal West Kent Regiment (5th Batn).

H MATTHEWS of 14 Seaton Road, aged 26 Years 5 Months, Hawker. Volunteered on 3 June 1915 to the Royal Fusiliers.

F MATTHEWS of 14 Seaton Road, aged 19 Years, Hawker. Volunteered on 30 October 1915 to the Royal Fusiliers.

J PAGE of 15 Seaton Road, aged 27 Years 3 Months, Labourer. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 09 December 1915 to the East Kent Regiment (9th Batn).

P J REEVES of 3 Seaton Road, aged 29 Years 7 Months, Carman. Volunteered on 13 March 1915 to the Army Service Corps (ht).

D RILEY of 1a Seaton Road, aged 24 Years 11 Months, Labourer. Conscripted on 26 June 1917 to the 105th Training Reserve Batn.

W RILEY of 1a Seaton Road, aged 31 Years 2 Months, Labourer. Volunteered on 21 December 1915 to the East Surrey Regiment (4th Batn).

W S SELBY of 11 Seaton Road, aged 31 Years, Porter. Conscripted on 7 June 1916 to the Reserve Household Batn.

C SMITH of 3a Seaton Road, aged 20 Years 2 Months, Carman. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 1 March 1916 to the Royal Field Artillery.

W SMITH of 3a Seaton Road, aged 23 Years, Labourer. Conscripted on 1 March 1917 to the Royal West Surrey Regiment (labour Coy).

H SMITH of 2 Seaton Road, aged 18 Years 2 Months, Hawker. Conscripted on 2 February 1917 to the 24th Training Reserve Batn.

H SUMMERS of 4 Seaton Road, aged 29 Years 11 Months, Carman. Volunteered on 4 June 1915 to the Royal Field Artillery.

J TIBBLES of 1a Seaton Road, aged 41 Years, Carman. Volunteered on 14 July 1915 to the Army Veterinary Corps.

N F WILLIAMS of 10a Seaton Road, aged 25 Years, Handy Man. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 27 March 1916 to the Army Service Corps (mt).


From the Mitcham Urban District Council minutes,
Volume 3, page 120, Finance and General Purposes Committee meeting of 11th September, 1917, Mr Rabbetts reported contraventions under the Shop Act of Mrs H. Evens of 14A, Seaton Road, for serving a customer after closing time. Also Mr Carmino Tortolano of 18, Seaton Road, who at 7.15pm served a customer with pickles.

The 1911 Shops Act dictated the half-day closing of Wednesdays, in order to give staff time off.


Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.


Minutes of meetings held by the Croydon Rural District Council, and Mitcham Urban District Council are available on request from the Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre at Morden Library.