William Willet memorial; 2009

 
William Willet memorial; 2009
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm

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William Willet memorial in Petts Wood.
William Willet was one of the prime campaigners behind the Summer Time act of 1925. The memorial takes the form of a sundial which, naturally, shows Summer Time.
The bill was finally passed in Britain on 17 May 1916 and the clocks were advanced by an hour on the following Sunday, 21 May. It came in as a wartime production-boosting device under the Defence of the Realm Act. It was subsequently adopted in many other countries.
William Willett did not live to see daylight saving become law, as he died of influenza in 1915 at the age of 58.

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