Southern Daily Echo journalist Edgar Austin Mitchell was born in London in 1877. He moved to Southampton in 1913 to work for the Daily Echo, initially as a sub-editior, theatre critic and leader writer. Later, under the pen name ‘Townsman’ he wrote the popular column ‘Occasional Notes’. At first these articles were filled with his own experiences, but later they were concerned with his thoughts on and investigations into the history of Southampton. Some of his articles were reprinted in 1938 in a subscription volume. It proved so succesful that it was quickly followed by a popular edition. A second volume was prepared but never published. He died on 31 October 1939 at his home in Church Lane, Highfield.

Edgar Austin Mitchell ('Townsman')

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A photograph of Mitchell from Occasional Notes


Death of Mr. E. A Mitchell; "Townsman", a Character Sketch - (Southern Daily Echo, 01/11/1939; Hampshire Advertiser, 04/11/1939)


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