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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th February 1917 Born today: Phyllis Calvert, London, actress (Man in Grey)
18th February 1901 Born today: Reginald Sheffield, London England, actor (Second Chance)
18th February 1775 Born today: Thomas Girtin, London, artist/watercolorist
Blood donation founder's house
Founder of blood donation service Percy Lane Oliver lived here.
Location: 5 Colyton Road, London
Description: Percy Lane Oliver (1878-1944), founder of the first voluntary blood donor service, lived and worked here.
He was born at St Ives, Cornwall, the son of parents Edward & Jane Oliver who moved to Peckham in the early 1880s where his father was a schoolmaster.
He was a founder member of the Camberwell Division of the Red Cross, and started the first blood donor panel in 1921. By the outbreak of World War II he had created a blood transfusion network covering the whole of the United Kingdom.