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Brentford Councillors - Thomas William Stockley
IntroductionJanet McNamara has researched details of the men who served as Brentford Local Board Members and Councillors, see intro page for more details of early local government structure.
Thomas William Stockley (1872 – 1943)When Mr Stockley first stood for election to the Council in March 1921, with Mr Fisher as nominees of the Labour Party the Middlesex Independent wrote ‘Their programme covers a large area of municipal politics, including direct labour for housing, the permanent retention of allotments, stricter sanitary inspection, equality in rate assessment and the improvement in street repairing’. It pointed out that Mr Stockley had a reputation as a conscientious worker.
Neither of them were elected and in 1922 one of the four Labour nominees was reported to have said to a voter ‘We are out for the workers, and it is for the workers to make their choice’.
Mr Stockley stood again in March 1923.
All Councillors served on the Works and General Purposes Committee and 1923/4 he was on the Housing & Town Planning, Maternity and Child Welfare Committees and was one of the County Council School Managers.
He was required to stand down in 1926 but put himself forward for re-election.
The Middlesex Independent reported ‘The Labour campaign was not in any way organised, and Mr Stockley, the retiring member, and Mr Hill who championed the Labour cause, fought independently’.
In 1926/7 he was on the Public Health, Allotments, Housing & Town Planning, Maternity and Child Welfare Committees, was one of the County School Managers and Manager of St Georges Schools.
He is on the photograph taken of the last District Council and Officials before the amalgamation with Chiswick and continued to serve as a Brentford Ward Councillor in 1928 and Brentford East Ward from 1929/30 to 1931/32.*********************************************
There are 2 photographs of him provided by a great, great granddaughter.
From census forms it seems he was born in Clerkenwell in 1872, (possibly registered Holborn 1b 681 in the September quarter) and by the 1881 census was living with his grandparents at 1, New Road (next to the New Inn). The household consisted of Edward Richardson (78) butcher, his wife Emma (71) and daughter Emma Stockley (35) all were born in Brentford and his grand children Thomas William (8) born Clerkenwell, Emma (7) and Alice Louise (4) both born Russell Square and James (3) born in Clerkenwell.
In 1891 the family’s address was9, Netley Road.
Thomas marries on June 7th 1891 at St James Church Gunnersbury.
I can’t find any of the family in the 1901 census but by 1911 they were living at 29, Kenley Road.
Thomas William Stockley died on August 8th 1943.
Stockley Thomas William of 29, Kenley Road Brentford died August 8th 1943 at Brentford Hospital. Administration Llandudno 9th November to Ellen Emily Stockley widow. Effects £283.7.6d.
Registered aged 72 Brentford 3a 304.
Other materialJanet has also provided newspaper articles: T.W. Stockley's funeral (August 1943) and from September 1961, when George Stockley (son of T.W.) and his wife returned to Brentford to visit, after spending 35 years in Brisbane. To be added as time permits.
Page published May 2013