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Duroline Varnish Co. Ltd.

Listed in the 1915 directory as varnish manufacturers, Batsworth Road.

The company was liquidated in 1919, according to the London Gazette, (Publication date: 13 June 1919 Issue:31401 Page: 7574) and stock was transferred to a new company called the Duroline Manufacturing Co., Ltd., whose chairman was H. Beeman HUGHES.

This company went into liquidation in January 1923, and the factory’s plant and machinery went to auction.

From the West London Observer – Friday 09 March 1923

To Oil Refiners, Paint Makers, Builders, Motor Dealers, etc.

Re The Duroline Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

In Liquidation.

Important SALE by AUCTION of the PLANT and MACHINERY, And extensive Stock of Oils, Greases, Dry Colours, Colours in Paste, Ready-mixed Paints in 2lb. to 14lb. tins, Distempers in 1cwt. kegs, Lubricating Burning Oils in 1/2-pint tins, Linseed, Motor, Bloomless, Fuel and other Oils in casks, Paint Makers’ Mixing Machines, Cone Mills, Electric Motor, Gas Engines, Plant for Patent Unbreakable Glazing Process, and Saint Asbestos Flooring, Stock Materials comprised in Ditto, Miscellaneous Polishes, Dandy Brushes, Cycle Brake Blocks, and numerous other Items

TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION BY
B. NORMAN & SON

At the COMPANY’S WORKS, BATSWORTH ROAD, MITCHAM, on WEDNESDAY NEXT, and IMPERIAL ROAD FULHAM (near Gas Works), on THURSDAY NEXT, at 12 noon each day. On View two days prior. Catalogues of the Auctioneers, 5. Little Britain, E.C.1.

Sergeant Donald Henry Gilbert Browett

Donald Browett was born on September 26, 1923. He was the eldest son of Harry & Ivy Browett, he had two brothers and a sister, Richard, Brian & Margaret. In the 1922 electoral register, Harry Browett is listed as living at 67 Robinson Road.

Donald went to school in Mitcham. He was interested in airplanes, and he made models of them using balsa wood. His father made him work as a delivery man, a family business, and he delivered baskets of vegetables with a horse. When he turned 18, he joined the RAF.

He was a Sergeant (Air Bomber) with 50 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Service Number 1318489.

He died 9th June 1944 as part of crew of Lancaster bomber, LL841 VNO, which crashed in Betton, France. Buried in Bayux Cemetery, France.

Sources:
Commonwealth War Grave Commission casualty record
Memorial Service 8th May 2013 website (in French)