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June 2020

Click here for The Croydon Typhoid outbreak of 1937

Click here for Dr. Holden’s own report:

Click here for the American Journal of Public Health Report on Croydon:

Click here for more about Jean Armand de Maillé, Marquis de Brézé


George the Retired Spy
In the Newsletter, George Woodnutt is referred to as "CPO Woodnutt".
"CPO" means "Chief Petty Officer", a non-commissioned Naval rank. "PO Woodnutt" signifies a Petty Officer, equivalent to a Sergeant in the Army. "CPO" is equivalent to a Warrant Officer in the Navy, a Sergeant-Major in the Army or a Flight-Sergeant in the RAF.
The system of ranks applies to all the armed services, and all the ranks, commissioned and non-commissioned, are aligned such that similarly named ranks have similar seniority. In addition, all the ranks have a NATO equivalent number, which establishes levels of leadership, seniority and pay grades throughout the NATO organisation.

Other organisations that have a ranking system:
Police: a simplified system, with non-military names (apart from "Sergeant"). The London Metropolitan Police and the City of London Police have additional ranks.
Coastguard:
(Maritime): Full rank system (non-military names).
(Coastal): Simplified ranks, with additional ranks for Volunteer members (lifeboat crew).

Older Members may remember a radio comedy series called "The Navy Lark" (1959-1977), in which Jon Pertwee (a member of a large theatrical family) played the part of the scheming CPO Pertwee. The actor was in the Royal Navy for six years during WW2, and was transferred from HMS Hood (shortly before its sinking on 24/05/1941) to Portsmouth as an officer cadet, and then to Naval Intelligence, where he worked with espionage personnel at an operational level. He had an interest in ingenious contrivances, and he found himself employed to explain devices such as a secret map hidden in a handkerchief and a pipe that, in addition to its normal use for smoking tobacco, could fire a single bullet.


Lewisham VE-Day Victory celebration
At the end of World War 2, everybody celebrated, including Lewisham. We present a series of 8 images, scanned from a celebratory Booklet published by Lewisham Council and distributed, we imagine, to everybody.

VE-Day was on 8th May 1945, but the celebrations were delayed because it took a lot of organising. There may have been a hope that VJ-Day (Victory over Japan) would occur soon after VE-Day. but that did not happen until 14th of August 1945.

[Clicking on any image below will take you to the next image]

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The celebrations in Lewisham started on Sunday 3rd of June 1945, with a Parade that marched off from Albion Way (known to all LLHS members) at 2pm. All the Services (Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force, and all civilian services) took part. The Mayor of Lewisham (Mr. H. E. Brown) took the Salute in Rushey Green. The Parade took the form of a Pageant of Thanksgiving to all the Services taking part.

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The Pageant began at 3:15pm at Lewisham Hippodrome. It was repeated at 7pm (Admission by ticket only, according to the printed Programme).

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Celebrations continued on the Monday (Dancing at Home Park and Forster Park) and the Tuesday (more dancing). The dancing continued on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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The dancing continued on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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Wednesday also saw a Concert party at Mayow Park, Thursday offered an "Old Peoples Tea" at Ladywell Baths.

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On Friday dancing also took place at ladywell Baths

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Saturday saw the end of the Celebrations: a Procession through the Borough, Old Peoples' Tea at Sydenham, more dancing, and the Mayoral Ball at Ladywell Baths. Tickets 5/- (5 shillings, or 25 new pence).
Also on Saturday, there were five Tea Parties for Children in various parts of the Borough. These were privately organised and not part of the official celebrations.

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The last page of the Programme booklet lists casualties in the Borough –
killed, seriously injured and slightly injured. Damage to houses is also listed.

July 2019

Diana Rimel


View a PDF document about Diana's life.




Frederick Lanchester
Click here for the Daimler and Lanchester Owners' Club


Albion Way bomb
Click here for the map at the National Library of Scotland Website
To view the Map, remove the large white square by clicking on the 'X').
Use the mouse to drag the map around, and view other parts of Lewisham.

Click here for a list of all the identified victims of the WW2 bomb

Click here to see the wording on the Plaques
(Panel 3 has the bus-driver Joseph George Moss near the bottom).


Plaque 3 (detail).

To read the full story of Leonard Mokotow: Click here (and search for Mokotow)


Eagle House (Whitbreads)

January 2019

Images shown in the Xmas 2018 Newsletter






June 2018

The final edition (No. 7) of the “Prefab Post” is on this website: Click here to view.
Here are the Links to view the Barton and Littlemore prefabs in Oxford.
Click here for Barton houses
Click here for Littlemore houses

Leland Duncan Grave Restoration
In 1998, this Society, Colfe’s School, the Old Colfeians and Lewisham Council jointly placed a headstone on the unmarked grave of the Lewisham historian and Old Colfeian, Leland Duncan. The Society and the Old Colfeians together recently carried out further restoration.

To mark this restoration, the Society and the Old Colfeians are meeting at the graveside at 11:30am on Friday 29 June. The cemetery is in Hither Green Lane - NOT in the adjoining crematorium. It will be signposted. After the brief ceremony, members are invited by the school to the Old Colfeians Club House in Eltham Road, Lee for light refreshments.

No booking is required but we need to know how many members will be attending as a matter of courtesy to the Old Colfeians. Click here to email John King, or telephone 020-8857 1819.

Here is a link to an essay that gives a balanced view of Duncan's work: Click here to view. There are a few “typo” errors, mainly in Latin words.

May 2018

Book Launch with Sabrestorm Publishing: Friday 18th May 2018
"Dear Old Blighty" by Mike Brown.
Author Mike Brown talks about the experience of civilians in 1914-1918 and the effect of the war on every level of society.

In the summer of 1914, Britain felt secure that the old order was firmly in place. Britain, through its navy, ruled the waves, and a fair part of the world through its Empire. Yet this security was an illusion; a war of unimaginable scale was just days away.

The war would affect every level of British society; first through the urgent need for a massive expansion of the armed forces, drawing in ever-more men from civilian life. This in turn denuded the factories, shops and farms of labour, at a time when industry needed to expand to clothe and supply the armed services, and agriculture needed to fill the shortages of food created by the U-boat assault on our merchant fleet.


Book Launch Poster. Use the QR Code above to view the YouTube video.

February 2018

The Sydenham Cottages

October 2017

A Medical Mystery

July 2017

Last month’s Talk (on Friday 30th June 2017) was given by Dr. Mary Mills on the subject of the Gas Industry in Greenwich. Towards the end of the talk there was a controversy about some of the facts presented. Dr. Mills has been kind enough to provide some notes that will clarify these facts.
Click here to read Dr. Mills’ notes. The notes also contain a link to Dr. Mills' original lecture in 1989 called “The South London Gas Workers Strike 1889”.

Issue 208 - Spring 2017

Kent History Federation - There are quarterly meetings at either Sandwich or Maidstone.

John King’s essay - The possibility of creating a ‘proper’ Museum for Lewisham.

Eldorado Musical Productions - Eldorado website.

Stephen Tuck’s Blog - WW1: Gladys in Hither Green.

The Glue factory rebuilt

Bromley Borough Local History Society

Bob Hope Theatre Eltham.


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