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Westferry Road

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Newsagents shop in Westferry Road c.1910. In the doorway, Mr Crocker and Sidney Walter Deeks. The date appears to be “Monday October 4th 1915” Sidney Walter Deeks was born on Millwall in 1890. He was one of 13 children; his parents were James, a labourer and Ellen (nee Enefe). The family lived in Cuba Street. His uncle, George Deeks, lived in Mellish Street. the children went to St. Luke’s School - one of his classmates later became Head Teacher there. As a young man, Sidney played the organ in St.Luke’s church. He worked in Lenanton’s wood wharf and injured his back carrying heavy timber so went to work at the newsagents as pictured. He served in the First World War, married and lived in Limehouse. He worked for Lloyds Dairy, then for Vince’s battery factory in Garford Street (which was bought up by Everready and put out of business). He and his family moved to Dagenham where he was active in the Labour Party and became a Councillor. He died in 1960 after a lung operation. Donated by Mr S.Deeks