Wield 005

Wield 005

Wield School, c.1905

The children of Wield School photographed with Mrs Burgess, the Mistress, remembered by some of her pupils as a very strict disciplinarian, who administered the cane liberally, but was respected. The school thrived during her time (1905-1916). The Assistant Teacher (holding the baby in the photograph) was Julia Cosens

The children are neatly dressed – the girls with white pinafores, the boys with stiff collars. All the children wore leather boots and leg warmers. Several of the boys in this photograph fought in the First World War, including Charlie Jones, Arthur and Ted Prior, Percy Smith and Percy Gough, who was killed in action in 1918

Those identified are: 1. Rose Boxall, 4. Julia Cosens, 5. Arthur Giles, 6. Alf Giles, 9. Arthur Prior, 10. Ted Prior, 12. Mrs Burgess,
14. Percy Smith, 15. Alfred Prior, 18. Reg Giles, 19. Charlie Jones, 21. Mabel Westbrook, 22. Elsie Giles, 23. Britannia Rawlings,
26. Lily Smith, 29. Edgar Percy Gough, 30. Charles Gough, 31. Henry Rawlings

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