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Frederick Thomas Halse (1879-1 June 1966) was a businessman, Territorial Army officer and politician.

Born in Devon, Halse moved to the south east London where he was involved in a number of businesses in the Woolwich area including dealing in motor engines, managing a billiard hall and land development.

In 1929 he became honorary colonel of the 20th London Regiment. He held the post until December 1949, during which time the unit was converted to an anti-aircraft role firstly as part of the Royal Engineers and finally as a Royal Artillery regiment.

In 1922 he was elected to Woolwich Borough Council, later becoming an alderman. He was Mayor of Woolwich in 1931-32.

In 1925 he was elected to the London County Council as a Municipal Reform Party councillor representing Woolwich West. He was re-elected in 1928 and 1931 before losing the seat to the Labour Party in 1934.

He was appointed a justice of the peace for the County of London in 1926 and a Deputy Lieutenant in 1934.

Halse was also an owner of racehorses, including Galdennis, winner of the Liverpool Spring Cup at Aintree in 1933.

He died at his home in Keston in 1966, aged 86.

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