T.E. Dunville was one of the leading eccentric comedians on the music-hall stage. He was born in Coventry on 29 July 1867, the son of a tailor, and his real name wasn't Dunville, but Thomas Edward Wallen. Nearly everyone called him Tommy, though he liked to be called Teddie by his friends. He adopted the stage name 'Dunville' from the whiskey firm of that name.
His real name was Thomas Edward Wallen and he attended Bablake School in Coventry. He became one of Coventry's biggest stars earning over £100 per week.
By 1924 the music hall was in decline being overtaken by the cinema and he had difficulty in finding work. After one performance he overheard someone call him a "has been: and he became depressed and took his own life. His body was found in the River Thames in March 1924
He was a resident at 106 (renumbered 88)Woodbourne Avenue Streatham