Collier Row ward Poel, William (96)* Westerman, Frederick Thompson (78)
Harold Wood ward Winmill, Edward (75) Woodcock, Harold Charles (120)*
North ward Bassett, John - unopposed
South ward Roughton, George (284)* Fetchner, John (67)
The result in Harold Wood ward should be regarded as a Liberal gain I guess. Cllr White did not stand to defend his seat. The Chelmsford Chronicle had made predictions about who would stand where, most of which turned out to be wrong.
Central ward Hammond, Edwin (174) Heasman, Henry Robert (222)* Smith, Joseph (195)*
Collier Row ward Elms, Robert - unopposed
Harold Wood ward Bevitt, William - unopposed
North ward Browell, Revd Robert (163) Dowsing, James Everett (292)* Westerman, Frederick Thompson (212)*
South ward Kirkpatrick, Charles (284)* Lee, John Edward (14) Muskett, William(188) Tetchner, John (51) Winmill, Edward (243)*
The Liberals had secured a triumph in capturing the Romford seat with a large majority at January's general election. In March it had been announced that the "Romford men's meeting" ( I think this is the Free Church council men's meeting) had resolved to support Cllr Dowsing and Revd Browell. Cllr Fletcher had decided not to stand again for North ward due to indifferent health. Cllr Muskett was ousted in South ward and Cllr Hammond in Central ward. Revd Browell was a Methodist who had been involved in the passive resisters stand against the Education act and was also active in the temperance movement. This presumably makes him a Liberal. After being defeated twice, tax collector Mr Bevitt gets in unopposed.
Central ward Cakebread, Frank (183) Fitch, Charles Frederick (292)*
North ward Holliday, John Richad (300)* Tetchner,John (79)
South ward Gill, Colin (103) Hunnable, William (190) Muskett, William (218)*
Cllr Danby did not seek re-election in Central ward. In their round up of Essex results The Chelmsford Chronicle noted that "politics enters into the local elections at Walthamstow" and on a topical note given this week's by election two candidates who stood in Braintree to oppose giving Braintree water to Bocking were defeated by the sitting councillors. Polling was on Saturday and Monday.
Central ward Cakebread, Frank (243)* Hunnable, William (167) Smith, Joseph (198)*
Collier Row ward Elms, Robert - unopposed
Harold Wood ward Bevitt, William (58) Woodcock, Harold Charles (129)*
North ward Dowsing, James Everett (261)* Fletcher, Edward (88) Wilson, Charles Ackrill (257)*
The previously ill Cllr Fletcher attempts to return but fails. Former Cllr Hunnable tries again in a different ward and fails. Tax collector Bevitt's brief time on the UDC falls at the first hurdle as he is opposed and defeated by the presumably still Liberal Woodcock.The postman ( If he is still a postman) Robert Elms is re-elected for the fourth time and the third time unopposed. Elms was Honorary secretary of the Romford and District quoiting league and perhaps more significantly, secretary of the Romford Workman's club for at least twenty three years.
Central ward Hunnable, William (207) Rich, George James(216)*
North Ward Holliday, John Richard (406)* Newlin, James (61)
South ward Gozzett, Alfred (170) Muskett, William (269)*
Newlin and Gozzett were two more local builders. Newlin had gone bankrupt in 1900, Gozzett went bankrupt in 1913. Bankruptcy seems to have been an occupational hazard for Romford builders.Newlin had been fined in 1903 for not having his children vaccinated. Fitch did not stand again, but is noted as the secretary of Romford football club.
Collier Row ward Fowler, James (145)* Sheward, Arthur Roe (63)
Harold Wood ward Poole, Alfred Henry Martin - unopposed
North ward Bassett, John (343)* Butterfield, James (138)
South ward Roughton, George - unopposed
After the excitement of the two 1910 General elections (in which Romford was perhaps surprisingly held by James Bethell for the Liberals) things carry on as normal in Romford.
Butterfield was, you'll be surprised to learn,yet another builder. In 1918 he succeeded in getting himself re-graded at a military tribunal, in 1921 he was fined for buying a shotgun without a licence and in 1928 by now apparently an estate agent and auctioneer (another surprisingly common occupation among candidates) committed suicide by gassing himself.
Central ward Craig, John James (Liberal) 333* Philpot, Stephen (Romford Workers Association) 157*
Collier Row ward Legg, Ernest James (129)* Mason, William (55)
Harold Wood ward Ferguson, James Brown (153) Poole, Alfred Henry Martin (157)*
North ward Bassett, John - unopposed
South ward Letts, Walter Henry (Romford Workers Association) 234* Saltwell, Abraham (232)
The Essex Newsman noted that there was more interest than usual in the elections due to candidates from the Romford Workers Association. Letts won at the first time of asking and went on to be the Labour candidate at the 1918 general election. He was probably helped by the retirement of the sitting councillor, Roughton and his replacement by Mr Saltwell who had previously been the chair of the Rural District council and farmed at Upminster. Like Mr Wackett previously there are several reports of people stealing Saltwell's vegetables down the years and on one occasion going equipped to trap his rabbits as well. Saltwell died in 1917. Cllr Fowler stood down at Collier Row. The Essex Newsman also helpfully reported candidates occupations again. Bassett was a "gentleman", Craig a draper, Philpot a railway employee, Letts a clerk, Legg a baker, Mason a cooper, Ferguson a merchant and Poole another baker.
Central ward Crane, Henry Emanuel (176)* Hammond, Edwin James (140) Philpot, Stephen (Romford Workers Association) 248*
Collier Row ward England, Thomas (134)* Walker, Harold (Romford Workers Association) 53
Harold Wood ward Chuck, Henry (Romford Workers Association)101 Winmill, Edward (110)*
North ward Dowsing, James Everett (387)* Emery, Sidney (Romford Workers Association) 154 Small, Thomas Henry (374)*
South ward Burgess, Caesar William (Romford Workers Association)181 Kirkpatrick, Charles (287)* Simpson, Thomas (278)*
Robert Elms retires in Collier Row. Local papers express surprise at the large number of candidates and note that the Working Mens Association stood a candidate in every ward without specifying exactly who they were. Philpot, easily elected at his second attempt was obviously one, and due to previous candidacies of cllrs the others seem likely to have been Harold Walker (commercial traveller), Henry Chuck (insurance agent), Sidney Emery (fitter), Caesar William Burgess (Co-op employee).
And now we are into co-options due to the war and the provisions of the Elections Registration Act of 1915.
In December 1915 Arthur Ward of 9 Riselbridge Road was appointed in place of Mr Poole "whose seat had been declared vacant" and Richard Franklin of Heath drive, Gidea Park was appointed to fill vacancy caused by the death of Edward Winmill.
Some political affiliations are becoming clear in retrospect. Joseph Smith late cllr of Central ward died in April this year and is described in his obituary as a "staunch liberal" having served on the local board and UDC for twenty nine years. Mrs Corbell is sighted as an important member of the Liberal women's organisation which would indicate that there's a strong possibility of her husband , former cllr for South ward being a Liberal too.
Central ward Fasey, George Thomas (174) Harrington, Edward Stafford (233) Rich, George James (321)*
North ward Button, George Edward (371) Thompson, Herbert Harry (397)*
South Ward Goulder, William Frederick (253)* Hunnable, William (189) Rudge, Arthur Charles (17) Sheail, Frederick John (215)
These results don't seem to feature in the local papers for some unknown reason which causes a few problems. Mr Button was certainly a Labour candidate as there are references to him chairing a meeting at the beginning of January in support of establishing a League of Nations. It was actually a "public service" and meeting and there were hymns sung by the Labour and Co-operative choir. Cllr Letts, former cllr Craig and what seemed like most of the local clergy were in attendance. The Baptist minister Rev G Rusling said that the twentieth century "would see the world a Brotherhood", an aspiration sadly unfulfilled. In 1916 Button had chaired a meeting convened (again at the corn exchange) by the Romford and district workers association to call on the government to ensure that the families of married men would not suffer if they were called up. The tone seems to be "pro war" (or at least not anti) with Button saying married men wanted to do their bit and that they were not seeking to embarrass the government. I can't trace any of the other new candidates but they might emerge as we go forward.
Central ward Allen, Charles Henry (347) Smith, James Charles (Labour) 379*
Collier Row ward Dexter, Arthur Herbert (176)* Perry, Francis Clifford (146)
Harold Wood ward White, Arthur Daniel (234) Wiatt, Wilfred Thompson (307)*
North ward Button, George Edward (476) Rudkin, Leonard Noel (534)*
South ward Hart, Thomas Joseph (481)* Lindsell, Frank (Labour)372 McFall, Cyril Skelton (88)
As with the end of the war(s) in Edmonton there is a great clear out of councillors. None of the sitting members who would have been up this time stood again. So Cllrs Bassett, Craig, Letts, Ward and Legg all retired. The paper notes that there is a Labour candidate in every ward, but as Letts replacement Lindsell ( a railwayman) didn't win the Labour numbers failed to rise. Mr Smith was local leader of the General workers union. A Ratepayers association was formed early in the year and one of its number Mr Lancaster was mentioned as standing for election but in the end he doesn't seem to have come forward. Not sure who McFall was a candiate for but he was a solicitor and many years later was convicted of stealing client's money for his own purposes.
This has reminded me that I have been meaning for several years to look into the results for pre-annexation Sutton Coldfield (unless someone here has done that already)
The British Newspaper archive has The Tamworth Herald and Birmingham Post already digitised so results should be available, although having a quick look didn't bring up the results in the way you'd expect, just a few mentions and some by elections - but it was just a quick scan.
Central ward Jones, Charles Henry Reginald (422)* Perry, Francis Clifford (123) Philpot, Stephen (Labour)240*
Collier Row ward England, Thomas (298)* Tetchner, John (96)
Harold Wood ward Cooper, Thomas Haydon - unopposed
North ward Dowsing, James Everett (820)* Edwards, Frank (371) Reeve, William (637)* Walker, Herbert George(Labour)237
South ward Bennett, Ralph (285) Clarke, George Hector (294) Lindsell, Frank (Labour) 326 Simpson, Thomas (506)* Spooner, John Calder (351)*
Again, the local papers seem not to have covered these results. The new councillor for South ward John Calder Spooner is recorded as a Conservative in his 1930 obituary. Another interesting man - went to sea "before the mast" at the age of twelve and ended up with a large plumbing business and a freeman of the city of London.
EDIT: I've found them. The headings used aren't consistent so it takes a while sometimes... Anyway, detail can be added. In Harold Wood ward, Mr R Franklin OBE did not seek re-election, in Central Cllr Kirkpatrick did the same as did Cllr Crane in Central ward. Cllr Small of North ward had died by the time of the poll. The paper also notes that a combination of Ratepayers Association, Chambers of Commerce, Middle Class Union and National Federation of Ex Servicemen had put up candidates, presumably as an anti Labour alliance. So still no other party labels.