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June 5, 1915
First casualty in the Rugby Howitzer Battery: On Tuesday last news came to hand that Gunner Leslie James Dunbar, 20, the youngest son of Sergt J Dunbar,gymnastic and Drill instructor at Bilton Grange, was killed in action on May 27. He was on billet guard, when the Germans fired eight rounds in the vicinity. One fell four yards from him and a shrapnel bullet hit him in the head. Mr Dunbar had been an apprentice at Willans & Robinsons when war broke out.
June 4, 1965
For three years the Parent-Teachers Association of Rugby High School worked to provide the school with a swimming pool. Parents laid 17,000 bricks and more than £5,500 of the £8,000 needed has been raised. On Saturday the association’s ambition was realised when Mrs HV Sydenham, president of the PTA at the time the pool was started, officially opened it. It is of competition size and its 86ft 6in length means four lengths are equal to 100m. Work began on the 80,000 gallon pool in summer 1963.
May 31, 1990
Education chiefs are expected to vote on Tuesday to close two of Rugby’s secondary schools. Newbold Grange and Wolston High Schools have been formally recommended for closure in summer 1991. If the proposals go ahead it will be the fastest school closure ever in Warwickshire. But parents, governors and villagers are fighting the proposals which they see as a cash-before-children policy. Scores of protesters are set to crowd the steps of Shire Hall.