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    Correspondence of Thomas Corder Pettifor Catchpool
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    MS BOX E2/8
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    Correspondence of Thomas Corder Pettifor Catchool concerning his connection with the Friends Ambulance Unit, together with a notice from the Friends Ambulance Unit's Head Quarters.
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    • Catchpool, T. Corder, 1883-1952
      Thomas Corder Pettifor Catchpool, born on 15 July 1883, the son of Thomas Kingham Catchpool and Florence Emma Pettifor. He was educated at Sidcot School, Somerset, and Bootham School, York, Yorkshire, and in 1908 took his BSc with honours in engineering at University London. He worked firstly for the Great Western Railway and later at the Greenfield Cotton Mill in Darwen, Lancashire. In 1912 he went with a party of young Friends to visit Quaker meetings in America. In World War I, he served firstly in the Friends Ambulance Unit in Belgium and France becoming Adjutant of the Unit and then being awarded The Mons Star. In 1916 he took a stand against Conscription and spent over 2 years in prisons with hard labour that injured his health. After the war he took part in Friends' work in reconstruction and child feeding in Germany, where he met Mary Gwendolen Southall, whom he married in 1920. There were 4 children.(1) In 1931 he and his wife moved to Berlin, Germany, to take up the secretaryship of the Berlin Centre jointly with an American Friend and this period of service extended into Hitler's regime when they were able to render aid to victims of Nazi persecution. He was arrested twice. In 1937 he and his wife returned to England and the next year he accompanied George Lansbury to Germany as his interpreter on a mission to speak to Hitler. Later he accompanied Lord Allen of Hurtwood in his last effort for peace. In 1917 and 1938 he was engaged in relief work for Friends in the Sudeten districts of Czechoslovakia and was decorated with the order of the White Lion by the Czech government. During World War II, he was a stretcher bearer for the Hampstead General Hospital [Hampstead, London] and in the air-raid shelters of East London. He visited Germany frequently after the war, helping German Friends to face the increasing East-West tension. He was actively associated with the Peace Pledge Union, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, The National Peace Council and the Friends Peace Committee. He died after an accident on Monte Rosa in the Swiss Alps on 16 September 1953. ____________________________ 1. Jean Corder born 19 September 1923; married in 1948 Percy Sidney Greaves Esther Pleasance born 17 February 1926; married in 1954 John E B Holton Annette Christine born 14 August 1928; married in 1950 E Oscar Wallis Neave Corder (adopted) born 8 October 1929; married in 1955 Laurel Everitt
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