Lower pond Streatham Common
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On This Day 25 April 1905 the New Zealand Rugby international George Nepia was born
Nepia captained the New Zealand Maori team—known as the All Whites for their white uniforms—on its tour of Australia in 1935.
After that he played professional rugby league in England for Streatham and Mitcham, which used Nepia’s name to attract 20,000 spectators to its first match against Oldham
Dr James Laing died On This Day 24 April 1831
Owned land in Dominca and was the Provost Marshal in 1793. He had an estate in Streatham and was a High Sheriff of Surrey.
Painting by Edouard Pingret
On This Day 24th April 2007 the Post office in the High Road junction with Woodbourne Ave closed
Built in 1910 previously a telephone exchange, a fine example of neo-Georgian building of red brick with stone dressings. The windows facing the High Road have stone surrounds and pronounced keystones, and there is also a gable.
It is within the Streatham High Road and Streatham Hill Conservation Area.
Today the ground floor is a branch of Barclays Bank
This appeared in The Graphic 23 April 1910- photos by Borup of Streatham.
"Orpheus," The Foundation of Modern Opera
Image © Illustrated London News Group. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.
Captain Laurence Drury Chidson killed On This Day (St George's Day) 23rd April 1917. Lived 13 Eardley Road and attended Streatham Grammar and Dulwich College. Chorister at Westminster Abbey. St John's Cambridge
Laurence was born on November 5th 1894 in Oregon, USA, the son of English artist Charles Chidson and his wife Norah, and spent the first several years of his life in the States. By 1902 the family was back in England, and Laurence spent three years at school in Streatham before taking a choral scholarship at Westminster Abbey Choir School in 1905, then subsequently in 1910 coming to Dulwich. Whilst at the College he became a senior prefect and was a member of the cricket 1st XI in his final year; he earned a place at St. John’s College, Cambridge, upon leaving.
As this was the summer of 1914 however Laurence forewent the scholarship in order to volunteer, at first as a private in the East Surreys. Within a month however he had been given a commission in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps, and by January of 1915 had already been promoted to Lieutenant. The regiment went over to France in July 1915, and went on to see significant service on the Somme the next summer.
On November 14th 1916 he was awarded the M.C. for “conspicuous gallantry” in command during the Battle of Ancre, and the following month was promoted to Captain. “Chidders”, as he was known, was leading an attack near Arras on April 23rd 1917 when he was hit in the head by a machine gun bullet, killing him instantaneously.
Gordon Biron Thomas, a Wine salesman died On This Day 23 April 1988
He was the son of Cyril Murig Thomas, master at Cheltonia College in Streatham and his wife Marian
He was baptised at Immanuel Church 6th March 1910
He served in the RAFVS
He died in Fakenham, Norfolk leaving an estate of £85k
On This Day 22 April 1886 Frederick Haggis was born
He was Director of the Streatham School of Music and in 1911 lived with his wife Elsie at 40 Copley Park, Streatham
A British conductor and founder of the Goldsmiths Choral Union, for which he was principal conductor and musical director for forty years.
He founded the Streatham School of Music in 1919 and conducted the Streatham Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, producing and conducting the first performances of the Nativity play Bethlehem by Rutland Boughton in London in 1924
Mark Bery, Secretary Streatham Society