On 7 January 1921 the South London Press reported on the recent fund-raising fancy dress party, and on the offer to provide a clock by Sidney Sanders of James Walker & Co. There are traces of Sanders in the faded shop fascia under Brixton railway arch.
The clock was eventually donated by Dr. Foord Caiger, in memory of his son Frederick, who was killed at the Somme in 1916.
The Palladium mentioned in the text is one of the lost cinemas of Stockwell and is now occupied by a bar.
Lambeth Baths were at 156 Westminster Bridge Road. They were demolished in 1945 in an enemy air raid.
The traces of Sidney Sanders’ business can be seen under the railway bridge in Brixton.
SOUTH LONDON PRESS
7 January 1921
WAR MEMORIAL FOR STOCKWELL.
Further efforts to Raise the Necessary Funds.
OFFER OF A CLOCK.
In aid of the Stockwell War Memorial Fund a fancy dress dance was held in the Princes Hall, Lambeth Baths, on the 29th inst. Some 400 attended the dance, many being in fancy dress, and the judges, Mr. H. G. Purchase, M.P. (Kennington), Messrs. W. H. Hall (“Swan,” Stockwell), C, Francis (Stockwell Palladium), with Mrs. Burberry and Mrs. Henry King, had a by no means easy tasks. Prizes were awarded to those representing a pearlfisher, Spanish lady, cowboy, a vacquero, ‘Arry and ‘Arriet, two Highland lasses, butterfly, D.O.R.A., and two representations of the Stockwell Memorial. The booby prize was put up for auction with two other articles given buy donors in the hall and realised over £24. Mr. D. H. Jones was the M.C., and the thanks of the committee were given to Mr. W. H. Jones for the use of the decorations, and Mr. Frank Tilton for tastefully decorating the hall. Another fancy dress dance is being held on January 26.
Mr. Samuel Bowller (hon. secretary of the Fund) writes to us from 282, Clapham-rd., S.W.9 as follows:-
“I have much pleasure in announcing that Mr. Sidney Sanders, the proprietor of Messrs. James Walker and Co., jewellers,of 387, Brixton-rd., has generously offered to provide the clock for the Stockwell Memorial, at a cost of approximately £150. The clock will be of the best quality by one of the most celebrated London turret clock manufacturers, and will have four opal dials, each four feet in diameter. It may be remembered that some time ago I put forward a suggestion that donations could be earmarked for specified parts of the monument, or that could be in kind. Mr. Sanders is the first response to this suggestion, and constitutes a fine lead. Will some one now offer to provide the doors, the lettering of the Roll of Honour, the figure, or some other part? A list of different items is being prepared with estimated costs, and will be sent to anyone who wishes for a copy. Preparations are now being made ot commence operations on the ground, and the committee are most anxious to secure the further amount required to complete the scheme.”