Lest we forget: Sutton residents invited to identify long-lost relatives from World World I in astonishing collection of vintage photographs

Private Harold Dickman Mims of the 4th Battalion, Dorset Regiment lived at Bosworth, Egmont Road, Sutton and was killed in action on 27 September 1918, at the age of 22. Harold is buried in Sains-Les-Marquion British Cemetery and is commemorated on the Sutton War Memorial.

Sutton residents are being invited to go online and see if they can spot any of their relatives from World War I in an amazing collection of Edwardian and pre-war photographic glass-plate negatives.

Run by Sutton Council’s Archives Service, the Sutton Archives project, can be seen here and hereIt is an astonishing collection of more than 10,000 glass-plate negatives by local photographer David Knights-Whittome, who owned shops in Sutton and Epsom from around 1904 until 1918, that was rescued from the basement of a high-street shop, having been untouched for 100 years, that is now stored at Sutton Library.

The collection contains hundreds – or perhaps thousands – of WW1 soldiers in uniform, a lost generation of men and boys who either lived in the area or were stationed locally before their postings. Work to date has already uncovered images of a number of men whose names are listed on local war memorials.

The Sutton Archives project has had some really positive reactions to its research. On seeing the image of Private George Leonard Ingram of the 25th Battalion (Tyneside Irish), Northumberland Fusiliers, his family contacted the Archives project and said:

“Thank you for posting this. George is my maternal grandfather. My mother, Nora (known as May) sadly died three years ago, aged 96. She would have been so pleased to have seen your blog.”

Carshalton Central ward Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“The Sutton Archives is an extraordinary historical record of local and national importance. Finding these plate-glass negatives must have been like discovering Egyptian King Tutankhamen’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings as the riches of history are etched upon them.

“We hope that Sutton residents will visit the archives project online and see if they recognise a great, great, great grandfather or grandmother, uncles and aunts, and relatives who lost their lives in the Great War but whose images have been captured for posterity by David Knights-Whittome a century ago.”

In March 2014 Sutton Archives was awarded £95,900 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable the cleaning, digitisation, research and cataloguing of the vast collection of glass-plate negatives.

Work began last December and around 3,500 plates have been cleaned, rehoused, digitised and catalogued. More than 200 of the individuals depicted have been researched. The work is largely done by a team of dedicated volunteers who have put more than 1,200 hours of their own time into rescuing and rediscovering this material. Without their help, it would be impossible to make the material available.

As well as documenting thousands of local residents, the glass-plate photographs depict local and regional schools, colleges and theatre groups, social events such as weddings and house parties, grand country houses and other institutions from across the UK and the Continent.

David Knights-Whittome also held a Royal Warrant and photographed the Royal family, including Edward VII, George V and Edward VIII, in formal portraits and at house parties. He also photographed royalty in Portugal and Copenhagen.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the project should contact Project Officer Abby Matthews at abby.matthews@sutton.gov.uk or phone 020 8770 4746

DKW_32441A_Danks_LDr. W. S. Danks

 

Dr. W. S. Danks lived in York Lodge, York Road, Sutton. He enlisted at the beginning of the war and was taken as a German prisoner of war while attending wounded soldiers on the battleground and survived the war after drawing lots among fellow prisoners for release.

DKW_34975A_Narbeth_LFlight Lieutenant Charles Anstey Narbeth

 

 

Flight Lieutenant Charles Anstey Narbeth RNAS lived at Ferndale, Grove Road, Sutton. He was photographed on 9 February 1917.

DeucharPrivate Victor Douglas Alexander Deuchar

 


Private Victor Douglas Alexander Deuchar
 of the East Surrey Regiment lived at 9 Weihurst Gardens, Carshalton.

Lieutenant Kenneth R. D. Fawcett Lieutenant Kenneth R. D. Fawcett

 

Lieutenant Kenneth R. D. Fawcett of the Royal Navy lived at Camden House, Benhill Wood Road, Sutton. He was mentioned in despatches “for valuable service during operations in Petrograd Bay” in 1919 aboard HMS Voyager.

Private George Leonard IngramPrivate George Leonard Ingram

 

Private George Leonard Ingram of 25th Battalion (Tyneside Irish), Northumberland Fusiliers (formerly of the Royal West Kent Regiment) lived at 4 Bell Cottages, Ewell Road, Cheam. He was killed at the Battle of Arras in 1917 and is commemorated on the Cheam War Memorial.

G. Merheim EsqG. Merheim Esq

 


G. Merheim Esq
 lived in Carshalton Park Road, Carshalton. He served with the Royal Fusiliers and later the Royal Engineers.

Nurse Rose Letitia BerkleyNurse Rose Letitia Berkley

 


Nurse Rose Letitia Berkley
 lived at “Harcourt”, Christchurch Park, Sutton and was a VAD Nurse for the Red Cross.

Nurse Corisande HartNurse Corisande Hart

Old Sewer Stink Pipes – Palmerston Road and others

The crowned  stink pipe, Plamerston Road

The crowned stink pipe, Palmerston Road

About 10 years ago. Cllr. Hamish Pollock asked Thames Water to redecorate their stink pipes that are all over the older parts of the central Carshalton area, usually at the ends of cul-de-sacs and long roads. Most were then redecorated.

These include: Palmerston Road (as pictured), Carshalton Road by the railway bridge, Cator Road near junction with Talbot Road, Lavender Road (near junction with Bernard Road), Meadow Road/Westmead Road junction, Rotherfield Road (southern end opposite Talbot Road), Grosvenor Avenue (west end), Weihurst Gardens, and there are at least two examples in Stanley Park Road and so on. Palmerston Road probably has the best example of the intact decorative pipe crown and “weathervane” painted in black. Many other pipes are painted in “lincoln green”.

 

Requests for Seating at Carshalton Road area bus stops… TfL Response

We have received this response from Transport for London following our recent requests to have seating accommodation provided to bus stops in Carshalton Road and Ringstead Road. The letter is reproduced below:-

Dear Cllr Pollock

Thank you for your email regarding the seating accommodation at bus stops in Carshalton.

Having investigated, I must advise you that a shelter cannot be placed at Carshalton Road Bus Stop, as it could cause sightline issues with emerging traffic from Weihurst Gardens. As you can appreciate, this is something we wish to avoid.

I can inform you that providing a shelter for Ringstead Road Bus Stop may be more feasible, and we are keen to provide a safe waiting environment for our passengers. However, with the current restrictions on expenditure we are not able to meet the request at this time. Nevertheless, we shall review this site once funds become available.

I am sorry I could not provide a more favourable response on this occasion. I do appreciate the comments, and the points that have been raised, but I do hope you will appreciate our position in this matter.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to contact us. Should you require any further assistance in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me again.

Yours sincerely

Felicity O’Keeffe

Customer Service Advisor