Marchant, William Francis

(12 September 1873 - 1967)

He was the son of Thomas William Marchant, he was born at Deptford and educated at Cambridge University. Marchant entered local government, and was Mayor of Metropolitan Borough of Deptford in 1913-14, he was the Mayor at the outbreak of war until November 1914 when Sir William Wayland became Mayor. He held a commission in the 20th London Regiment, a reserve unit of the Territorial Force, and served on the Western Front during the First World War. In 1921 he was released from the army with the rank of captain, having been awarded the OBE and Territorial Decoration.

From 1922-46 he was a member of the London County Council as a Municipal Reform Party councillor representing Lambeth, Norwood. He was chairman of London and Home Counties Joint Electricity Authority 1928-33.

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