Saturday, August 22, 2009
RF Delderfield - another New Cross novelist
R[onald] F[rederick] Delderfield (1912 – 1972) was a popular historical novelist, several of whose works were filmed for TV in the 1970s and 1980s, including To Serve Them All My Days and A Horseman Riding By. Wikipedia has his birth place as Bermondsey, but the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography states that he was born at 37 Waller Road, New Cross.
Both agree that in 1918 his family moved to 22 Ashburton Avenue in Addiscombe, near Croydon - the background for his novels The Dreaming Suburb and The Avenue Goes to War.
The ghost of Delderfield now seems to have 37 Waller Road all to himself, as it appears to have been empty for a few years.