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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.

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

Robinson Road

Road named possibly after Robinson Crusoe story. Crusoe Farm Dairy was named by its owner on the possible residence of nearby Tooting Hall by Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe.

The 1862 map by Stanfords shows a road called Robinson’s Lane running from Merton Road west to Pig’s Marsh. In 1868 the railway line between Tooting station and Wimbledon (the next station was Merton Abbey) had been built, cutting through this lane. It is possible then that the road west of the railway line became known as Robinson Road, the east of it retained Robinson Lane, as far as Swain’s Farm, from there to the London Road being called Swain’s Lane.
Later, Robinson Lane became part of Swains Lane, which itself was renamed Swains Road.

1895 OS map

1895 OS map

1911 OS map

1911 OS map

Occupants from the 1891 street directory:

Robinson road, Colliers wood (Tooting Graveney),
from Merton road to Lyveden road


Rev. W. Hope Davison (Tudhoe lodge)
— here is Park road
William A. Richards (Clock house)

Denmark villas:
1, Robert Dyson
2, William Charles Parkes

Ravensbury villas:
1, S.J. Blazdell
2, Clarence Piper
3, Walter Buckley
— here is Norfolk road
Edward William Thaire (Eagle house)
George Drake (Eagle villa)
Nathaniel Moore (Belmont villa)
T.T. Ginns (Devon villa)
Frederick Thursby (Chilton)
Mrs. Radford (Clifton house)
Mrs. Jackson (2 Brunswick villas)
S.J. Cary (Rockbeare)
W.E. Pledge (Elmstead)
Mrs. Nelson (Annesley cottage)


Cecil Russel (Thistledown)
Francis Baker, florist

Cambridge villas:
1, Frederick Scotlied
2, George Palliversa

Lorne villas:
1, Henry Cleaver
2, Miss Bridge
3, Henry Mayes
4, John Charles Parrott
5, Joseph Tayler
6, Mrs Moseley
7, George Billings
8, Edward Watkins

Carisbrooke villas:
2, Arthur James Cove
1, James William Freeman

Capt. E.J. Parker (Rothsay)

Wood villas:
1, John Walter West
2, George Spiller Cooling
4, Mrs Burtenshaw

Miss Greener (Haslemere)

Victoria villas:
8, James Danks
7, H.A. Moncrieff
6, George Duggua
5, Arthur Spiller
4, Mrs Thompson
3, J. Sparkes, boot maker
2, Mrs Brown
1, W. Rayner

Horace Cath (Clan-y-mor)
Mrs Beane (Holbrooke)

Gothic villas:
8, Mrs Snudden
7, Henry Berger
6, Arthur P. Berger
5, Leon Friax
4, James Willis
3, T.G. Fisher
1, Mrs Hunt
— here is Lyveden road

World War 1 Connections
Private Harry Thomas Charles Bullock

Private Sidney Henry Cath

Private Ernest Henry Hollamby

From the Surrey Recruitment Registers:

F W BALZELL of 8a East Gdns Robinson Road, aged 39 Years 11 Months, Piano Tuner. Conscripted on 11 December 1915 to the Essex Regiment (17th Batn).

C T BENTLEY of 105 Robinson Rd, aged 33 Years 1 Months, Clerk. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 11 December 1915 to the Suffolk Regiment (1st Batn).

T W DAVIS of 21 Robinson Rd, aged 35 Years, Accountant. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 11 December 1915 to the East Surrey Regiment (4th Batn).

R A S DISBOROUGH of 9a East Gardens Robinson Rd Tooting, aged 20 Years 2 Months, Clerk. Conscripted on 10 December 1916 to the Royal Sussex Regiment (3rd Batn).

W FRANKLIN of 64 Robinson Rd Tooting, aged 39 Years 4 Months, Milkman. Conscripted on 12 December 1915 to the Army Service Corps (mt).

H C HIBBARD of 48 Robinson Road Mitcham, aged 37 Years 4 Months, Milkman. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 9 December 1915 to the Royal Garrison Artillery.

S J KENWRIGHT of 76 Robinson Rd Colliers Wood, aged 34 Years 11 Months, Decorator. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 12 December 1915 to the Royal West Kent Regiment (12th Batn).

A F LOOKER of 112 Robinson Road, aged 38 Years 11 Months, Clerk. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 10 December 1915 to the Norfolk Regiment (6th Batn).

C J H RICKARD of 73 Robinson Road, aged 20 Years 9 Months, Sugar Boiler. Volunteered with the Derby Scheme on 20 November 1916 to the East Surrey Regiment (10th Batn).

From the Military Service Tribunals:

5th July, 1918

Another adjourned case, Mr. F. P. Lock, was heard. He was in grade 1 and the Tribunal had referred him to re-medical examination. He appealed on medical grounds. He now stated his appeal for re-examination was refused.

Ald. Chart: So you are still in grade 1? -Yes.
Applicant said his age was 36, and be resided at West-gardens, Robinson-road, Merton. He was a carpenter and ship’s joiner by trade. He was totally rejected first of all, he said.
Chairman: In the circumstances, he is a grade 1 man. We have no alternative.
Applicant: It seems to me, sir, when I went to the County Hall that those who can afford to get a certificate from a Harley-street specialist or get a solicitor can get a hearing.
Chairman: That does not really affect us.

The appeal was disallowed.

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

1902 Defective Drainage

From the minutes of the Croydon Rural District Council
Volume 8
1902 to 1903
Mitcham Parochial
29th April 1902
page 67


—Inspector Rabbetts submitted the following reports upon the defective drainage of certain .premises in the parish of Mitcham :-

18, BELGRAVE ROAD.—That he had found a vent pipe at these premises not connected to the drain, and that several of the pipes were broken. The owner, on being communicated with, had done something, but had covered up the work without giving him an opportunity of inspecting. He, however, proposed making a further test.

“ASSANDUNE,” “IVY COTTAGE,” AND “ELM COTTAGE.” —That, in accordance with the authority given him, he had entered upon the above premises, and found the drains at ” Assandune” and “Elm Cottage” to be defective. The drainage of “Ivy Cottage ” appeared to be tolerably good.

Resolved, That Mr. Rabbetts, Inspector of Nuisances, be authorised to serve notices on the undermentioned owners requiring them to abate the nuisances and to remedy the sanitary defects in the undermentioned premises, in accordance with the entries in the Report Book of the Inspector of Nuisances:-

Name and Address of Owner Situation of Premises.
Clark, Mr.,12, Rowley Road, Lewisham “Assandune,” Lower Green West
Bayley, Mr. (occupier) “Elm Cottage,” Lower Green West

BRUNSWICK Villas, Robinson ROAD.—That it had been found necessary to open up the ground and examine the drains of these premises. The drains of Clifton Villa, adjoining this property, were connected to the same system, but he had not yet been able to examine them. He recommended that notices be served on the various owners requiring them to carry out certain works in order to abate the nuisances.

The Committee adjourned the consideration of this matter.

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.

Council Houses ‘Derelict’

From a local newspaper, dated 23rd July 1982

COUNCIL houses have been left out of a scheme to do up a badly run down area.

Many have been left to decay, while nearby private houses have been given government funded face lifts.

These are the angry claims of Colliers Wood councillor Miss Siobhain McDonagh.

“It is an indictment of this council,” she said. “These houses have been owned by them for a number of years and they are still derelict.”

While the number of smart private houses and flats is on the increase, the condition of vacant council housing in Robinson Road continues to worsen with age and frequent spates of vandalism.

For years residents were haunted by the threat of M23 motorway plans, many left and the area became dilapidated. It was then named a housing action area, and over the course of five years council cash was providrd to assist private building enterprise.

But Coun McDonagh feels strongly that the council should have given similar cash support to its own property, especially as there are 4,500 people on the wailing list.

“There is an obvious need for rented accommodation,” she said. “All the council is interested in is cutting services.”

Environmental health chief Mr Jim Smith said that the aims of the five year plan had in fact been achieved in that almost all the housing had been improved.


Many of the council houses had only recently acquired from the Greater London Council and the Department of Transport, and that provision has been made for their improvement in the very near future.

Clock House pub Robinson Road

Referred to in an article about the theft of lead.

Illustrated Police News – Saturday 26 March 1892


On Thursday, at the Croydon County Police-court, a youth, described as a labourer, named Edward Haines, giving his address as 1, Charlwood-terrace, Charlwood- road, Tooting, was charged with being concerned, with two other men not in custody, in stealing from the Clock House, Robinson-road, Collier’s-wood, a quantity of lead piping, value 16s., the property of Mr. William Dedman, a licensed victualler, of Mitcham.

John Roberts, of the Clock House, deposed that the lead had been stolen from the roof of an outhouse.

George Elliott, a lad, residing at 5, Harewood-road, Collier’s-wood, stated that on Monday he saw the prisoner with another man come out of the Clock House. They were joined by another man who stood outside. One carried a sack on his back, and it appeared to be very heavy.

Detective Thomas White, W Division, said that the prisoner was pointed out to him by the last witness. He arrested him on suspicion, and he said, “You have made.. a mistake,” but afterwards said, “I admit being there, but did not share in the money.”

A remand was granted for further inquiries.