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Bromley philanthropist Sir Thomas Dewey receives blue plaque in Shortlands

PUBLISHED: 09:54 26 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:54 26 March 2013

A blue plaque was unveiled in South Hill Road, Shortlands, to mark the life of former resident Sir Thomas Dewey last week.

The philanthropist and prominent businessman’s name was unveiled by family and members of the Friends of South Hill Wood who worked closely with Bromley Council.

Sir Thomas supported a wide range of local initiatives, groups and sports teams - as well as establishing pensions for nurses.

Among his most prestigious accolades he served as president of Prudential Assurance Co, became Bromley’s first charter mayor in 1903, was a major benefactor of the Bromley Cottage Hospital and was made an honorary colonel in the royal Artillery.

He was knighted in 1917 aged 77, and sadly died nine years later.

Cllr Peter Morgan, portfolio holder for renewal and recreation, said: “A blue plaque is an appropriate way of celebrating the important achievements of Sir Thomas Dewey, who made significant contributions to the local area.

“He not only funded many good causes and gave his house to be a hospital during World War One.

“We are very proud to celebrate his life and to help future generations remember his past achievements.”

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