Walter Green (politician)

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Deptford Town Hall c.1910, about the time that Walter Green became a town councillor

Walter Henry Green (1878 - 13 April 1958) was a British Labour Co-operative politician for Deptford, elected in 1935 and MP until 1945.[1] He became a councillor in Deptford in 1909, its mayor 1920-1922, and in 1944 became the first freeman of the borough. Later he became a member of the Metropolitan Water Board 1946-1953, and was appointed the C.B.E. Order of the British Empire in 1949.[2]

Mayor of Deptford[edit]

Between 1920-1922, he was Mayor of Deptford.[3] As part of his duties, on 22 March 1921, he unveiled the First World War memorial.[4]

Members of Parliament 1935-1945[edit]

Walter Green was elected Member of Parliament in the 1935 General Election, in which he gained the seat for Labour, with a majority of 6,892 (14.62%) over Conservative Prospective parliamentary candidate, Sir Malcolm Campbell, the then land and water speed record holder.[5]

Royal Arsenal Co-operative Society chairman[edit]

Between 1935-1947, he was Political Secretary of the Royal Arsenal Co-operative Society,[6] the only Co-operative Society to be affiliated to the Labour Party nationally.[7]

Labour Party Chairman[edit]

Between 1941-42 he was chairman of the Labour Party.[6]


He married Grace Edith Puddlefoot in 1904,[8] and together had a son and a daughter.[2]


  1. ^ "Mr Walter Green", Hansard 1803–2005 → People (G) via UK Parliament
  2. ^ a b Obituary "Mr. W. H. Green", The Times (London), 15 Apr. 1958, Issue 54125, page 13. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 25 Jan. 2012.
  3. ^ List of Mayors, Deptford Town Hall council chamber, New Cross Road. Reproduced at Deptford Misc.
  4. ^ "Deptford Town Hall WW1 and WW2 War Memorial" @ Lewisham War Memorials
  5. ^ "UK General Election results November 1935" @
  6. ^ a b Ben Pimlott, Editor, The Second World War diary of Hugh Dalton 1940-45, Publisher: Cape in association with the London School of Economics and Political Science, 1986, ISBN 0-224-02065-X, 9780224020657, Length 913 pages (page 286)
  7. ^ Royal Arsenal Co-operative Society, The history and the origins of the Woolwich at
  8. ^ Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales, Sep 1904, Volume: 1d, Page: 2067 @ (record)