Raymond Mitchell HEASELDEN (1897-1997), was the son of an engine fitter, Walter HEASELDEN (1865-1954) and Mary Ellen MITCHELL (1868-1965). Raymond, an only child, was born on 19 May 1897 in Dartford, Kent. In 1901 he was living in Crayford, Kent. By 1956 he had moved to in Worthing, Sussex. He died in March 1997 in Worthing, West Sussex.
During the First World War Raymond was delighting his cousin with a series of cartoon postcards and letters all designed to be quite humorous if ironically joking about other members of the family. Raymond was certainly a very talented person, he married Doris Crouch in 1927 and lived into very old age dying in 1997 aged 99. Raymond’s cousin was Thomas Frank WITTS (1900 – 1976), son of Thomas WITTS (1870-1921) and Annie Ruth MITCHELL (1871-1947). He was born in December 1900 in Erith. He lived in in Erith, Kent. He married Helen Florence JONES in 1924 in Woolwich and later married Olive Dyson LOVELL in December 1945 in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. Thomas Junior died in 1976 in Rushden. His father, Thomas Witts, had a Gentlemen’s Outfitters shop in Erith and was apparently best of friends with his brother in law, Hedley Mitchell, who owned a department store in the town.
Helen Witts (nee: Jones) died in 1942 and some of her letters and pictures remained with the cartoons that I acquired in February 2013. Images of the archive is slowly being added here.