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James Henry Thomas; Fred Woolley; Stanley Baldwin

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James Henry Thomas; Fred Woolley; Stanley Baldwin

by Keystone View Company
bromide print, 26 August 1932
9 5/8in. x 7 5/8in. (245 mm x 194 mm)
Bequeathed by David Dean, 1976
Photographs Collection
NPG x371

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  • Owen, Elizabeth, Fashion in Photographs 1920-1940, 1993, p. 96

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Andrew Williams

25 September 2017, 19:50

To Mrs Jan Nightingale. Thank you for sharing your family connection. Fred Woolley of his adopted new home of Southampton is my line of enquires. As a businessman he establish a very successful Accountant Company which was first listed as F. Woolley Ltd down Portland Street Southampton. He was so popular and highly respected he was awarded the Secretary position to assist the Southampton branch of the Titanic Relief Fund Committee. Either in 1924 or 1924 his company changed with the offer of a partnership and was rebranded Woolley & Waldron Ltd and later moved to Blue Peter House at numbers 8 & 10 Portland Street Southampton. The building does survive to this day and is now occupied by West Quay Management. From 1924 until the outbreak of WW2, the Southampton Committee would conducted their monthly meetings inside these new premises. With WW2 declared operating the monthly meetings was far too dangerous as they were located more or less inside the Town Centre which was heavy attacked in the November and December of 1940. The Southampton Committee didn't reassume their meetings there until 1946, until the Fund came to a close in 1959. I would ideally like to make contact with you directly and if by any chance you see my posted message, please do not hesitate to pop me a line as I would like to discuss more of his past life closely associated with the Relief Fund.

Mrs Jan Nightingale

19 January 2017, 16:17

Fred Woolley was my Grandfather and I have a picture of his Wife with her Mayoress' chain and of his Daughter and also of his Wife's mother. Fred Woolley owed a well to do farm where his Daughter grew up and was also in the business of accountancy.

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