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  • Collection: Wokingham Mayors

Margaret Büsst

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A native of Birmingham, Margaret lived with her parents, George and Dorothy Moore-Orton, and brother and sister Basil (1917-2005) and Joan (b. 1923). After her marriage to Dudley Lewis Büsst (1919 - 1973), a warrant officer in the R.E.M.E. in 1941,…

Marion Fergusson Kelly

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Born just seven weeks before the end of the First World War, Marion Farmer lived with her parents, Ralph Murray Farmer, a colliery section manager, and Isobel, née Spence in Leslie in Fife, Scotland. She was the second of three children, the other…

Phillip N Harding

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Born in the district of Eton in Windsor Phil and his brother Richard (1926-1994) were the sons of councillor and Justice of the Peace, Alfred Noel Harding, and his wife Emily Trypmen née Perkes. Phil was educated at Eton Wick School and later Windsor…

Dr. Phyllys Pleasance Pigott

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A native of Banbury, Phyllys married Wing Commander Owen Rupert Pigott (1901-1966) in 1927, the year in which she obtained her medical qualification, and moved to The Old House at The Terrace, Wokingham, which had been in the family since 1917.They…

Reginald Child

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Reginald, nicknamed Tom, was noted for his great sense of humour, phenomenal memory, love of music and extensive knowledge of coconuts. A native of Portsmouth, and son of a Royal Marine, Tom was educated at Portsmouth Grammar School. and later…

Robert John Wyatt

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Born in Charlton in 1931 Bob and his brother Alan (b. 1935) were sons of John Wheeler Wyatt (1906-1979) and Elsie Ena née Parker (b. 1909), Bob was one of two brothers. During the Second World War the brothers were evacuated several times from…

Stanley Leonard Bowyer

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Stanley was born on March 6th 1907 at Ashridgewood Farm. The youngest of the five children of Henry Bowyer (1866-1941) and his wife, Eliza May (1869-1932, he was educated at Grosvenor House School, Wokingham and at the Reading Collegiate. He started…

The Hon Mrs Mary Hay Corfield OBE

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Mary came from a distinguished Scottish family. Her grandfather, Sir George Burns (1795-1890), was one of the founders of Cunard Line and her father, John Burns (1829-1901), 1st Baron Inverclyde, Bart., of Castle Wemyss, was chairman of Cunard…

Thomas Manley Wescott

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A native of Bradninch in Devonshire, Thomas was a miller and timber merchant. His father Thomas Westcott, a paper manufacturer, and his mother, Mary Ann, née Manley, resided at Spread Eagles Farm. Thomas married Mary Fry (1823-1888) and, in the…

William Charles Arthur Smith

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William, known as Dick, was the only child of William Smith (1883 - 1961) and his wife Ruth (1880 - 1914), nee House, whose farm, Reading Road Dairy Farm, was bordered by Old Woosehill Lane. Ruth died two days after Dick was born and, for the first…