LUCIAN OLDERSHAW MA JP
1876 – 1951
The Mayor who announced to the people of Maidenhead that World War 2 was over.
Lucian suffered an attack of polio in his youth which left him with a disability, but he never let this affect his busy and fulfilled life. For many years he was a journalist with the Daily News and also a successful businessman.
To assist young people who had, as he had, missed schooling through illness, he established a crammer school at his home, Fernley in Marlow Road, to prepare them for university and the Civil Service.
Lucien’s wife Emily was a suffragette and did voluntary work with the Maidenhead Hospital and the Maidenhead and District Nursing Association. His brother-in-law was the distinguished writer and poet G K Chesterton, which was to Maidenhead’s advantage as he was often called on to open local fetes and fairs.
Lucien was mayor in 1925 and was recalled to that post in the last dark days of World War 2, 1944 and 1945. It fell to him to announce from the Town Hall steps that the war was over and peace had been restored.
In 1949 he was made a Freeman of the Borough, only the fifth person to be awarded this honour.
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