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Frank Davis and "Daddy" Pearce

Two smartly dressed city gents, London? Roger Davis has provided this photo "which shows my grandfather Frank Davis (left), with a gentleman that my Aunt informed me thirty years ago was "Daddy" Pearce, who she thought, was involved with, or owned, Clarnico". The photo is thought to date from the late 1930s / early 1940s.

Clarnico (Clarke, Nicholls & Coombs Ltd) had one of its offices at 57 High Street and the proximity to the fire station at no. 53, where Frank was resident superintendent in the 1920s, may explain how Frank Davis and "Daddy" Pearce came to know each other.

Clarnico was associated with no. 57 by 1907 (trade directory) and remained there until at least 1931 (but were not recorded in Brentford in a 1933 directory). Clarnico used premises at other sites around London - search for 'Clarnico' on the home page to find photos of its firemen.

Was "Daddy" Pearce one of the Brentford Pearces?

Published September 2010