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Peter Donald Francon-Smith

Male 1920 - 04 Oct 2011  (90 years)



  • Name Peter Donald Francon-Smith  [1, 2, 3
    Birth 08 Oct 1920  Stockport Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    Education 1949 - 1952  Pembroke College, Cambridge Find all individuals with events at this location   [5
    • The Pembroke Mile is a College running race that owes its existence to a pleasing geographical coincidence. The distance from the Pembroke sports pavilion to the College front gate is exactly one mile. [...]
      The event is first recorded in a post-war Gazette in 1947, and then makes various appearances until 1952. In that year it was contested by teams in fancy dress, and won somewhat inevitably by the Rugby Club. [...]
      Peter Francon Smith (1949-1952) reminds me that this was, after all, nearly sixty years ago. He was the organiser of the Pembroke Mile of 1950, but thinks the race was being run before the war. 1950 was the year, on an early autumn afternoon, that they erected a table on the grass by Fen Causeway - the half-way point - and every runner had to drink half a pint of beer before continuing to the finish. [...]
      [Richard Beard, "The Pembroke Mile", in "The Martlet": Issue 13, Spring 2009.]
    Marriage abt Aug 1951  Hitchin Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2
    Althea Rose Murray Tatham,   b. 05 Apr 1917, Pietermaritzburg, Natal? Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1984, Rutland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Mar 1958  Old Forge House, Horton Kirby Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    Occupation 1961 -  Peterborough Find all individuals with events at this location ; Manager, Baker Perkins Chemical Division  [7
    Residence Dec 1966  Medeswell, Thorpe Road, Peterborough Find all individuals with events at this location   [8
    Residence abt 1976 - 1980  Brewery House, Ketton Find all individuals with events at this location   [9
    Residence - 2011  Tinwell Grange, Stamford Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Death 04 Oct 2011  Tinwell Grange, Stamford Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    • Francon-Smith, Peter Donald, of Tinwell, died peacefully at home on 4th October 2011. [Rutland & Stamford Mercury] [3]
    Notes 
    • To the Editor of The Times. The Choices before us. Achieving Global Security.
      Sir, If we in Britain have a nuclear dilemma, and I am sure we do not, then Mr. Howell in his letter of to-day has put it in a nutshell. Subjection or suicide? Being the possessors of nuclear weapons we at least have the choice. It is the fact that we have this choice which deters the Russians.
      If we were ever called upon to make the decision, then I have no doubt that we in Britain would choose the latter course. But rather than call it suicide I would refer Mr. Howell to a speech made in 1940 by a Former Naval Person.
      Yours, &c., P. D. Francon-Smith. Old Forge House, Horton Kirby, Kent. [The Times, 08 Mar 1958]
    • To the Editor of The Times. State Cigarettes.
      Sir, If the Government have reached deadlock with the cigarette manufacturers over promotional expenditure, I am surprised that they have not considered nationalising this industry. After all, several other European countries have Government ownership of the cigarette and tobacco industries.
      I consider it would be far wiser if the Government switched their efforts from nationalising steel to nationalising the tobacco industry. They could then reduce promotional expenditure to nil and divert all surpluses to medical research in the appropriate field. One feels there could also be considerable savings in rationalising an industry which produces basically only only a few real varieties of product.
      Yours, &c., P. D. Francon-Smith. Medeswell, Thorpe Road, Peterborough. [The Times, 16 Dec 1966]
    • To the Editor of The Times. The Christmas and New Year break.
      Sir, May I venture to suggest that the Christmas and New Year holiday has become too long and that most people would prefer time off in the warmer months?
      Since the anniversary of Christ's death in moveable, surely it would not be improper to suggest moving his birthday permanently to December 30, celebrating Boxing Day on New Year's Eve and leaving New Year's Day where it is.
      Excepting when New Year's Day falls on a Tuesday it would always be possible to arrange a five day break including a weekend to cover the holiday period.
      Yours &c., P. D. Francon-Smith. Brewery House, Ketton, Stamford, Lincolnshire. [The Times, 31 Dec 1976]
    • To the Editor of The Times. British Steel's chairman.
      Sir, You have reported in your edition of May 5 that Mrs. Thatcher, whilst being interviewed on "The World This Weekend", said that she had decided to select an extraordinary new chairman for BSC rather than "just another ordinary chairman".
      Are we to conclude from this extraordinary statement that it is necessary to go outside this country to find such a person? Do we only have mediocrity left in this country and how long will it be before we have to seek beyond these shores for an extraordinary Prime Minister - not just another ordinary one?
      Yours, etc, P. D. Francon-Smith. Brewery House, Ketton, Nr Stamford, Lincolnshire. [The Times, 12 May 1980]
    • To the Editor of The Times. Fixed period tenancies.
      Sir, The present state of the law regarding the letting of property is such as to give the tenant security of tenure. This keeps a great deal of property off the market which would otherwise be let.
      Surely it would not require a great deal of amendment to the law to allow two willing partners to make a contract which would give the owner possession after an agreed period of notice. A considerable number of prospective tenants are only looking for fixed period lets and do not require permanent security of tenure.
      Yours etc, P. D. Francon-Smith. Brewery House, Ketton, near Stamford, Lincolnshire. [The Times, 05 Sep 1980]
    • patents registered 2008 as inventor of Cylinder cutter lawnmower and Vacuum cleaner with side suction [www.ipexl.com accessed 22 Jun 2009]
    Person ID I2113  Tatham | Heathcote branch | Spouse
    Last Modified 07 Dec 2012 

    Family Althea Rose Murray Tatham,   b. 05 Apr 1917, Pietermaritzburg, Natal? Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1984, Rutland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Marriage abt Aug 1951  Hitchin Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2
    Children 
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    Last Modified 22 Nov 2012 
    Family ID F0489  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 08 Oct 1920 - Stockport Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - 1949 - 1952 - Pembroke College, Cambridge Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - abt Aug 1951 - Hitchin Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - abt Aug 1951 - Hitchin Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mar 1958 - Old Forge House, Horton Kirby Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manager, Baker Perkins Chemical Division - 1961 - - Peterborough Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Dec 1966 - Medeswell, Thorpe Road, Peterborough Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - abt 1976 - 1980 - Brewery House, Ketton Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - 2011 - Tinwell Grange, Stamford Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 04 Oct 2011 - Tinwell Grange, Stamford Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Hitchin, 3Q1951.

    2. [S10] Tatham Family in South Africa, by Gill Tatham.

    3. [S11] Newspaper, Rutland & Stamford Mercury, 14 Oct 1911.
      death notice

    4. [S03] Family Members, PAFS.

    5. [S07] Other Sources, The Martlet (Pembroke College magazine), Spring 2009.
      Richard Beard: "The Pembroke College Mile"

    6. [S05] The Times, letters, 08 Mar 1958.

    7. [S07] Other Sources, Baker Perkins Historical Society.
      website accessed 02 May 2012

    8. [S05] The Times, letters, 16 Dec 1966.

    9. [S05] The Times, letters, 31 Dec 1976.