From Bruce Gilchrist, New York:
I understand that two of my relatives lived in Romford a while ago and I would like to find out more of what they were doing in the community.
My Uncle, Ernest GILCHRIST, was Postmaster of Romford from 1927 to 1934 and his mother (my grandmother) died while visiting him in Romford in 1930 at age 90.
My first cousin Arthur NEEDHAM was Mayor of Romford from 1949-50. He originally came from Grimsby, moving to Romford in 1931. He had been a member of the Council since 1937 (the year that the Charter of Incorporation was granted, making Romford a municipal borough). It was said of him that he was "held in high esteem by those with whom he came into contact...A good husband and father he had identified himself with the activities of the Church of All Saints and was considered a man of strict morals, sound judgement and the possessor of the qualifications expected of a mayor."1 He worked in Romford as an accountant until about 1960.
Any information or leads about these two men and their families would be much appreciated and would add considerably to the family history I am working on.
1 Romford Recorder, May 27th, 1949, page 9.