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)
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Denis Augustine Hanley
Member of Parliament for Deptford
Succeeded by
John Charles Wilmot
Party political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Williams
Socialist societies representative of the Labour Party National Executive Committee
Succeeded by
Joseph Reeves
Preceded by
James Walker
Chair of the Labour Party
Succeeded by
Alfred Dobbs