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1923 : Woodland Way burglary


Vocalist’s Story of Ransacked Rooms.

On returning from a three months’ holiday at Barmouth Mrs Edwards Rhys, Woodland Way, Mitcham, found that her house had been broken into and articles to the value of £300 taken. Miss Cordelia Rhys, a Welsh costume vocalist and Eisteddfod singer, said that when she reached home with her mother they found the upstairs rooms ransacked and clothes and other goods piled in heaps, showing that the thieves intended returning for more. The goods taken include two valuable musquash fur coats, linen, and jewellery, including three gold bracelets. They also took a child’s War Savings Certificates and money-boxes. “But what we most regret,” said Miss Rhys, is that the 1914 Star and other decorations belonging to my dead brother, Captain Rhys, were also taken.”

Source: Dundee Evening Telegraph – Thursday 26 July 1923 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

Note that in 1923 Woodland Way had only two houses.

James Chuter Ede, Mitcham MP in 1923

10th March, 1923. Image © Illustrated London News Group. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

Right Honourable James Chuter Ede, P.C. (1944), M.P., son of James Ede, of Epsom.

Born 1882; educated Dorking High School and Chrit’s College Cambridge.
Married 1917 to Lilian Mary (died 1948), daughter of Richard Williams, of Plymouth.

Served in Great War with 5th East Surrey regiment and special brigade of R.E.

D.L. (Deputy Lieutenant) (1931), J.P. (1923).

Chairman of Surrey County Council 1933-37; M.P. (Labour) Surrey (Mitcham division) in 1923 and South Shields 1929-31 and from 1935. Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Education 1940-45, Secretary of state, Home Office 1945-51.

Leader of the House of Commons 1951.

Chairman of London and Home Counties Joint Electricity Authority 1934-40.

Oxford and Cambridge Club.

7 Tayles Hill, Ewell, Surrey.

Source: Kelly’s Handbook to the Titled, Landed & Official Classes, 1952 from Find My Past (subscription required)

He died at Ewell, Surrey, in November 1965, aged 83.

More information on wikipedia.