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Tankard photo Margaret Smith wrote 'I wondered if you might be interested in the attached photograph taken by Wakefields of 137 High Street Brentford. I wonder if one of the gentlemen could be James CLEMENTS.
It would be good to hear whether you are able to name any of the people on the attached photograph and what the occasion was.'
Janet McNamara replied at the time and suggested names from left:
The event eluded us however.
Twelve years on in 2023 a helpful lady from Australia solved the mystery:
'This photograph giving a view of the presentation tankard with Mr. J. Clements (Chairman of the Brentford Council), Dr. J. Smith (Chairman of the Chiswick Council), Mr. E. Collins (Clerk to the Chiswick Council) and Mr. J. Reeder, was taken by Mr. F. G. Wakefield, of High Street, Brentford.'
The 'antique silver flagon of date 1720' was inscribed:
The article has much detail about the proceedings and mentions many names. I noticed 'The St John's Ambulance men and nurses ... were kept busy all the afternoon attending to patinets who had fainted.' There is also a comprehensive history of earlier Kew Bridges.
Janet McNamara, 2011
It's definitely James CLEMENTS second from the right in the bow tie. Seeing him on other pictures of the councillors we think it must be about 1900. His address at that time was 63, High Street and he was recorded as 'tug owner'.
The man sitting on the right from another labelled picture would seem to be John REEDER whose address at that time was 296, High Street where he was the secretary of the Brentford Liberal and Radical Association.
Janet was less certain about the other two men, who we now (2023) know were from Chiswick Council.
(Webmaster): I checked to see if I could find out more about John Reeder. In 1901 he was a coal & forage salesman at 296 High Street - coincidentally the property was owned by my gt gt uncle Joseph Thomas TAYLOR in the 1909/10 Valuation. It was next door to the doctors' surgery (Henry BOTT) and was a rather nice house set back a little, with a small front garden in the early 1900s.
The 1907 trade directory records just Mrs Reeder at 296, I checked further and there is a death registration of John Reeder in the last quarter of 1904, age 41.
I wondered what happened to John Reeder's family and found a poignant entry for the youngest son, Herbert:
Person: REEDER, Herbert Thomas Clarkson
Read more about about James Clements.
Published January 2011; updated August 2023