Cornwallis Road, E17

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This is the name of the Walthamstow estate owner turned developer Sir Thomas Courtenay Theydon Warner’s second son, Cornwallis John Warner (February 1, 1889 – May 16, 1915). He was born at Highams, Woodford Green and educated at Eton and Christ Church, Cambridge. In 1910, aged just 21, he became a barrister and was elected as a Liberal candidate to stand in Salisbury. Four years earlier he had joined 3rd Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry as 2nd Lieutenant and after a brief stint back in civilian he rejoined and went to fight in France on Boxing Day 1914 where he was attached to 2nd Battalion of his Regiment. He was killed in action at Richebourg L’Avoué on May 16, 1915. His Commanding Officer wrote: “I cannot say how I miss your son. He did such excellent work last spring that if he had been spared at Richebourg as far as I am concerned he would have commanded a company here ever since. There are a thousand and one jobs I would have given him to do. He was such a very useful and reliable officer in so many ways.” He left £11,595 17s 0d. Many local streets are named after the family.

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