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The Gallery includes images of the borough's streets and buildings and portraits of people and communities. The Digital Gallery images are displayed as thumbnails. Full size images can be viewed by clicking on a thumbnail.

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Arthur Harry Horner 1910s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Arthur Harry Horner, (9 October 1882-28 November 1958). He was born in Islington, and taken to Enfield as a baby. His father drove a hansom cab. Harry became a French Polisher. One of his brothers worked on the Island at the Stirling factory in Stewart Street and that is probably how Harry met his wife, Edith Wilson, who also worked there. They married in 1910 and lived in Pennyfields, then in Galbraith Street. Harry worked in the London Graving Dock in the First World War and in Westwoods in the Second World War. He was a staunch trade unionist and Labour Party supporter. After the Blitz he lived in Hesperus Crescent with his daughter Nancy. by Mrs N. Wisewell