From the Mitcham Advertiser, 2nd October, 1952, page 5.
A familiar figure in Mitcham is Mr George Finch, for 26 years in the employ of the the council and now gardener and charge-hand at Tamworth Farm recreation ground.
His first job with the council – there was no separate parks department in those days – was “mowing Figges Marsh.” After that he became a driver and remained at that job until about three years ago.
He joined the council in 1926, a week after his discharge from the Army.
Mr Finch, who comes from an old Mitcham family, was born in Phipps Bridge Road. As a youth of 17, he ran away from home to join the Army, but at the recruiting centre he was told he was under age. A few days later he went back to the recruiting officer and told him he was 18.
“Haven’t you been here before?” he was asked. “Never,” replied Mr Finch. He was accepted and served until 1926.
Mr Finch, who is 50, joined the council’s service a week after his discharge from the Army. He lives in Sibthorp Road.