William Tatlock (II)
Chairman of Little Lever Urban District Council: 1931-32, 1936-37, 1941 (Died in office)
Born: Unicorn Inn, 157 High Street, Little Lever c. 1877
Died: 27 December 1941
Educated: St Matthew's School, Little Lever
Son of William Tatlock, Chairman of Little Lever Urban District Council 1910-12. His brother Roger was also a Councillor.
Assisted his father as licensee of Unicorn Inn but was a Jack-of-all-trades, having been a farmer, butcher, inn-keeper and brewer.
Represented Stopes Ward for 21 years. Magistrate.
He was made Chairman of the Streets and Sanitary Committee after 12 months on the Council. During the next 6 years the Tong Road improvement was made, the sewage works were re-constructed and he was responsible for the formation of a District Sick Nursing Association. Later he negotiated with the Clerk for the purchase of land on Marsh Farm Estate to be prepared for playing fields.
He was Chairman of the Food Control Committee, Housing and Little Lever Comforts Fund Committee.
He was a representative on the Kearsley Area Education Committee and served as Chairman and also represented Little Lever on the Central Lancashire Superannuation Board, never missing a meeting.
Together with Fred Briggs he was mainly responsible for the organization of a Little Lever branch of the British Legion in 1932.
He was Chairman of the Little Lever Hospital Saturday Committee for 13 years and Chairman of the Gala Committee from its formation in 1930.
He attended Committees of the Royal Infirmary and Edmund Potter Hospital.
"He was looked upon as Father of the Village. We always looked upon him not only as a worker who endeavoured to do his best for the public but as one who gave us a lead in public services" – Councillor Albert Sunderland.
"It was among the poor people of the district that he would be most missed because he was keenly interested in their affairs as a member of the Public Assistance Committee - Councillor Victor Seddon.
The Clerk to the Council said that in all his years in local government he had never known a Councillor who had devoted so much time to the service of the public.