Harold James Macklin Stratton, better known by his friends as “Mac”, came to live in Ottershaw in 1959 at “Langtons” on the Guildford Road. He was an ear, nose and throat surgeon, a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons at Edinburgh, and worked as a consultant at Hounslow West, Ashford and Woking Nuffield hospitals.
Apart from his work as a well respected surgeon, his interests in local history and the environment involved him in many societies such as the Georgian, the Garden History, the Royal Horticultural, National Trust and the Brooklands Society (which he helped to revive). He drove a Bugatti and went on the continent to rallies.
“The Parish News” of September 2001 on which much of this note is based, records that he and Joan his wife used to hold numerous garden parties on behalf of Christ Church, Ottershaw, the Children’s Society and other charities. They were keen gardeners tending to some five acres and Joan could often be seen busy with her bees and hives complete with netting as protective head gear.
“Mac” published two books, “Chertsey and Addlestone in the Past” (1980) and then in 1990 “Ottershaw through the Ages“. Both are now out of print unfortunately, but can be seen in the Surrey History Centre, Goldsworth Road, Woking, and at The Chertsey Museum. He collaborated extensively with another local historian, the late Mr Bernard Pardoe, and from their work and unpublished notes Mrs Hannah Lane has taken up the tradition of researching and recording our local history. Her survey and extensive photographic record can also be seen in the Surrey History Centre.
The photograph shown here of “Mac” was taken at The Manor, Foxhills Golf Club which hosted a reception for the Ottershaw Society presentation of the Ottershaw Historical Map which had been drawn by Mick Stride and is still available.
I am indebted to Hannah for reference material and to Mrs Mary Pashley editor of “Parish News”.
Article written by Reg Taylor