Godfrey Way Mitchell
Born in Peckham and educated at Haberdashers' Aske's School at Hatcham, Godfrey Mitchell joined Rowe & Mitchell, his father's quarrying business on Alderney on leaving school. He was given a temporary commission in the Royal Engineers in 1916 and served in France.
On demobilisation he returned to England and acquired George Wimpey turning it from a small construction company into a thriving business that exploited the need for new housing after World War I. He was Chairman of the Company from 1930 to 1973 and Life President from 1973 until his death.
In 1929 he married Doreen Lilian and together they went on to have two daughters.
He was the uncle of Nobel Prize winner Peter D. Mitchell.
- Godfey Way Mitchell at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- The London Gazette: . 10 May 1957. Retrieved 2009-07-26.