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1914 : Helmet maker gets into trouble

From the Mitcham & Tooting Mercury, 21st August 1914

A helmet maker named William Tilley (42), of Sibthorpe-road, Mitcham, celebrated his sudden increase in business by getting drunk on Saturday. He was fined 5s. and 4s. costs by the Croydon Magistrates for being drunk and disorderly on the London-road, Mitcham. He said he worked for contractors who supplied the Government and the Metropolitan Police, and he wished he could be onboard ship with his son, “doing what they were doing for the war.”

There is a Charles T. TILLEY on a war memorial in St Mark’s church, Mitcham, and ‘C T TILLEY’ is inscribed on the Mitcham War Memorial, but no further details are known.

The 1910 electoral register has the following Tilleys:

George TILLEY : 2 Yew Villas, Leonard road, Lonesome
John TILLEY : 6 Victoria Terrace, Lansdell Road
Stephen TILLEY : Firework Road, Eastfields
William TILLEY : 11 Prussia Place

John Baptiste Rompel

From the Mitcham & Tooting Mercury, 11th September, 1914

From the Mitcham & Tooting Mercury, 11th September, 1914

Text of ad:

J.B. ROMPEL, watchmaker, jeweller, and optician,
3, Central Market, London Rd., Mitcham
(opposite old address)
AN ENTIRELY NEW & UP-TO-DATE STOCK now showing.

JOIN OUR CLUB. Full particulars in application.

Listed in the 1915 commercial directory as a watch maker in the ‘high street’, London Road. The full name was given in the 1911 commercial directory.

1914 : Whole Families Serving With The Colours

From the Daily Express, 5th September, 1914

WHOLE FAMILIES SERVING WITH THE COLOURS

Mrs Strange, the stewardess of the Princes Ladies’ Golf Club, Mitcham, whose husband is a naval pensioner now on duty at Devonport Barracks as a captain-steward, has six brothers, two brothers-in-law, and twelve first cousins in the navy. In addition, eight of her maternal uncles are naval pensioners. Her father, Thomas Rees, who is seventy-six years old, is a Crimean veteran. He wears five medals and three clasps, and her grandfather also fought in the Crimea.

One of Mrs Strange’s brothers is serving in the Highflyer, which sank the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse.

William Ellis draper in Gorringe Park Parade

This 1920 ad has W Ellis draper at number 5 Gorringe Park Parade. After renumbering, no. 5 Gorringe Park Parade became number 39 London Road. As it has a SW17 postcode, this address may be listed as Tooting, but this is in Mitcham, being south of the River Graveney, which was the boundary of the urban district of Mitcham.

1920 ad

1920 ad

In the 1914 directory, he is listed as William Ellis.

No entry for W Ellis in the 1938 directory.

In 2016 this is occupied by a minicab company.

Gorringe Park Parade

Parade of 14 shops, with flats above, originally numbered from 1 to 14 south of Grenfell Road and north of Inglemere Road, on the east side of London Road.

Occupants from directories
1914 Kelly Directory

Number Name Business
1 Arthur John Eacott grocer
2 George Henry Catton butcher
3 Stephen Gage greengrocer
4 Robert George oilman
5 William Ellis draper
6 Walter Rock baker
7 Albert Wilkins confectioner & post office
8 Chas. O. Gamble corn dealer
9 William James Sutton miller
11 David Davies dairy
13A J. Williamson clothier
13 Harry F. Tapping hairdresser
14 George Uridge dining rooms

Smith’s Terrace

Terrace of six houses, London Road, south of Oakwood Terrace.

From the 1914 street directory, going south on the west side of London Road:

The Swan inn, Wm. Powell
Dendy Adolphus, wheelwright
(The Oakwoods)
OAKWOOD TERRACE:
3 Arthur Wells
2 Thomas Walter Bowhill
1 Arthur Hookings
______
PILLAR LETTER BOX

SMITH’S TERRACE:
1 Fredk. Stannet, grocer
2 William Chance, laundry
3 Mrs Halliday
4 Thomas William Moss
5 Thompson & Son, dairy
6 Mrs. Minnie McNaughton, beer retailer
……. here is Bond rd ……
RUPERT TERRACE:
8 Saml. Timpson, coffee rms
7 Mrs. Ellen Whiting, tbccnst
6 Miss Shellard
5 George McEvoy
4 Thomas William Paice
3 Mrs Kirby
2 Francis Stembridge
1 Richard Henry Gerard

Oakwood Terrace

Terrace of three houses south of the Swan and north of Smith’s Terrace, marked in red on this 1911 map.

From the 1915 street directory, going south on the west side of London Road:

The Swan inn, William POWELL
Adolphus DENDY, wheelwright, (The Oakwoods)

OAKWOOD TERRACE:
3 Arthur WELLS
2 Thomas Walter BOWHILL
1 Arthur HOOKINGS
______
PILLAR LETTER BOX

SMITH’S TERRACE:
1 Frederick STANNET, grocer
2 William CHANCE, laundry
3 Mrs HALLIDAY
4 Thomas William MOSS
5 Thompson & Son, dairy
6 Mrs. Minnie McNAUGHTON, beer retailer

……. here is Bond rd ……

RUPERT TERRACE:
8 Samuel TIMPSON, coffee rooms
7 Mrs. Ellen WHITING, tobacconist
6 Miss SHELLARD
5 George McEVOY
4 Thomas William PAICE
3 Mrs KIRBY
2 Francis STEMBRIDGE
1 Richard Henry GERARD

World War 1 Connections

From the Surrey Recruitment Registers:

A HOOKINGS of 1 Oakwood Terrace London Road, aged 41 Years, Printer. Conscripted on 28 December 1916 to the Army Service Corps (k Coy).

F MONK of 1 Oakwood Terrace London Road Mitcham, aged 23 Years, Mantle Cutter. Conscripted on 11 June 1917 to the 84th Training Reserve Batn.


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