Walter William Hedgcock (1864 to 1932)

Lived at 24 Central Hill in 1901

He was the new Musical Director at the Crystal Palace after August Manns.  He died from pneumonis at a Streatham nursing home at the age of 68.  He has been the musical director of the Crystal Palace for over 30 years.  He was a composer of considerable ability.  His popular songs included ‘Drake’s Drum’. ‘When Bright Eyes Glance’ and ‘On the Road to Mandalay’.  He also composed a number of overtures and other orchestral pieces.  Mr Hedgcock was a quiet and reserved man, much liked by his friends, especially in the Savage Club, of which he had been a member for 40 years.  He was buried at West Norwood Cemetary. (The Stage, 1932)