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1933 : Obituary of Mr W.T. Clark, a Pascall director

From the Mitcham News & Mercury, 6th January, 1933



The death took place at Brixton on Friday, December 23, of Mr, W. Thomas Clark, a director of Messrs. Pascall, who was one of the best known and highly esteemed men in the confectionery business. For some months Mr. Clark had been in indifferent health, which a sea voyage did not improve. In November he was ordered into Guy’s Hospital, and a severe operation was performed. The trouble, however, was too deep-seated, and shortly after his return home to Brixton he died.

The funeral took place on Wednesday of last week, at West Norwood Cemetery and, in addition to the widow, the brother (Mr. H. E. Clark) and other relatives, was attended by Mr. Sydney Pascall (chairman of the Board), Mr L. H Pascall (managing director), Mr. Wilfrid H. Pascall, Mr. S. E. Perkins and Mr. A. P Jones (director of James Pascall, Ltd.), a number of the firm’s representatives, and a large number of managers and heads of departments and others, all working colleagues and personal friends of Mr. Clark, and by many prominent members of the confectionery trade, who, as customers of the firm, were also his friends. Altogether the attendance was a remarkable tribute to the esteem and affection in which Mr. W. Thomas Clark was held by all.


Mr. Clark’s career, writes a correspondent, was both notable and interesting. It is well over fifty years ago that the late Mr James Pascall (founder of the firm), as the result of an amusing little boyish escapade he had witnessed, took on young Clark as an office boy. A real worker always, the lad soon made himself genuinely useful, and, with the growth of the business, rose step by step until he became sales manager, and later was elected to a seat on the Board of Directors.

Mr. W. Thomas Clark was remarkable for several qualities. Particularly his knowledge of the trade was unique, his memory almost uncanny. He not only knew hundreds, even thousands of the firms customers, but he was familiar also with the special character of their respective businesses. It is doubtful whether any single man in the trade has been so widely known among both wholesalers and retailers; and he was also well known to all the leading manufacturers.
Not only do the entire staff of James Pascall sadly miss their old friend, but the whole industry has lost one who in his time has rendered it yeoman service.

1908 Pascalls Blackfriars Road Oasis


Messrs. James Pascall and Son, the well-known manufacturing confectioners, of Blackfriars-road and Mitcham, have long enjoyed the reputation of being foremost among considerate employers of labour, and they appear to be ever on the watch to add to the social enjoyment of their eight hundred male and female hands, who not only possess a Club and Institute, but also a Convalescent and Holiday Home at Leigh-on-Sea. Less than six months ago there was large refuse yard at the rear of their factory in Valentine-place, and it occurred to the head of the firm that it might be converted into a recreation ground garden. Twenty-eight of the employees were promised an equal piece of ground to cultivate, and they lost no time in setting to work. The refuse was cleared away, walks were constructed, half-a-dozen cartloads of good soil were carted from Mitcham, and a number of small trees were planted. Soon it was discovered that the female hands had been “left out in the cold,” whereupon Mr. Pascall offered to present plants to all who would undertake to cultivate them and compete for prizes this summer. The experiment was a success; fewer than twelve hundred plants were handed over to the young people, who watched with tender care the growth of the various flowers.

The first show in connection with the scheme was held yesterday (Thursday), when Mr. and Mrs. Pascall, accompanied by Mr. Sydney Pascall, took part in the prize distribution.

Mr. Pascall congratulated the competitors on the success of their efforts. The display was a most creditable one. They could not have a garden city there, but they could do their best to have a garden in the city. He thanked his employees for the way in which they had used the ground placed at their disposal, and expressed the hope that next year they would have even a better show. (Applause.)

Mrs. Pascall, in distributing the prizes, also expressed her satisfaction at the excellence of the show, and said an encouraging word to those who had not been successful in winning prizes.

Mr. Sydney Pascall playfully observed that they had long been famous as the producers of sweet things, but now they were famous as the producers of the wonders of Nature. (Applause.)

The cut flowers exhibited at the show were sent to the Evelina Hospital.

Appended are the names of the prize winners:—

Garden Plots.— Mr. Barrett, 1; Mr. Richardson, 2; Miss Russell, 3.
Geraniums. — Miss Norris, 1; Miss Punter, 2; Miss Burke, 3.
Fuchsia. — Miss Punter, 1; Miss Smith, 2; Miss E. Brigden, 3.
Ferns. — Miss M. Booker. 1; Miss Punter, 2.
Marguerites. — Miss Sanders, 1.
Petunia. — Miss Tuker, 1; Miss Kearney, 2.
Verbena. — Miss Isaac, 2. No 1st awarded.
Cut Flowers. — Miss Smith. 1. No 1st awarded.
Prize for best Garden Plot (A Department).— Mr. Richardson.
Special prize for General Excellence. — Miss Punter.

Source: South London Press – Friday 07 August 1908 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)


Clothier family, c. 1915

Clothier family, c. 1915

Photo and notes below kindly provided by Peter Hannah.

The person seated is Edwin Joseph Clothier (1865-1926) and his wife Sarah Ann (Bryant) (1868-1941) At the back left to right is Percy Edwin (1889-1970) Daisey Beatrice (1891-1982) George Godfrey (1893-1978) and Walter Cecil (1895-1982). Sitting front middle is Harry Robert (1901-1958).

Edwin Joseph
Also known as Ted, worked for Mitcham Gas Works for 34 years from 1892 to his death in 1926. In 1911 he was the Foreman in the Carbonising Dept and at the time of his death he was the Superintendent of the Carbonising Dept. He died 3 weeks after a fall at the gas works when he fell down a man hole, the cover had been removed and he hadn’t noticed. His obituary was contained in the Gas Works magazine. He was also heavily involved in Mitcham Wanderers F.C where he was the Vice President. The historian of the current club Tooting & Mitcham Utd confirmed that a lot of the gas works staff were involved with Mitcham wanderers.

Edwin Joseph also appears in the Gas Works photograph on Merton Memories. He is the bottom middle photograph headed “Engineering Staff Group” and is seated front left of the 4 men.

An inquest was held into the death of Edwin Joseph due to the accident 3 weeks previously. The newspaper article stated that “they were one of the best known and respected families in Mitcham”.

Percy Edwin
The 1911 Census shows that he was an Inspector (Gas Meter) and Pre Payment Supervisor at Mitcham Gas Works. In the First World War he joined the Royal Engineers, No. 162808 was awarded Victory & British Medals.

Daisey Beatrice
She married Richard Cooper (1895-1982) He worked for Mitcham Gas Works for 48 years, working his way up to Chief Inspector. He served in the Signals Regiment in India during the 1st WW. He was also the Captain of Mitcham Wanderers F.C. Daisey, on the 1911 Census worked for Pascalls & Co as a Confectionary worker.

George Godfrey
The 1911 Census confirms he was a Fitters Mate, later to become a Fitter and worked for them until his retirement in the late 1950’s.. 1st WW he joined the 2/5th Bat. East Surrey Regiment, No. 2686, promoted to Corporal before he lost his leg and was discharged. He received the Silver War Badge, which he can be seen wearing in the Merton Heritage photograph of Mitcham Wanderers 1920/21 team photograph. He is on the right wearing a suit jacket with his hair parted in the middle.
See also George Godfrey Clothier.

Walter Cecil
The 1911 Census, when he was 15, confirms he was a Bakers Assistant, however his father’s obituary in 1926 confirmed that all the sons worked at that time at the Gas Works. When he joined is unknown. In the attached photo he is the one in uniform, he also joined the East Surrey Regiment, a private No. 200356 and was awarded the Victory & British Medals.

Harry Robert
The youngest so not sure if he signed up for the war. He was a Valve Room Attendant at the Gas Works.

Sarah Ann Clothier (Bryant)
Her brother James, on the 1911 Census, was an Automatic Slot Gas Collector at the Gas Works.

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