Milner-Smith, Alan OBE

Awarded an OBE in 1945 for his role in the civil defence of Lewisham during the Second World War. A former Town Clerk and Chief Executive who served from 1943-1971. Lewisham was badly bombed during the war and he was responsible for Lewisham having one of the best post-war housing records. In 1963, his report on how to deal with housing management problems in London was regarded as a valuable guide for housing authorities all over the country. He oversaw the formation of a larger Lewisham borough in the mid-1960s and guided it through a difficult transition.

The Council paid tribute: 'To a man universally held in the greatest affection and respect and to a life's work for the borough.'
He was awarded the Freedom of the Borough of Lewisham in 1971.

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