LOOKING BACK - January 16 edition

The Advertiser page from 1916
The Advertiser page from 1916

More about the Pepperdays

Anne Langley, a volunteer at the Warwick County Record Office has kindly been in touch about the Lawrence Sheriff Street picture (December 12 edition). As well as solving our ‘24 Pep’ mystery of the shop sign, which we last week explained was Pepperday’s Bookseller, Stationer and Printer at 24 High Street, she has found us more information about the Pepperdays. This family firm appears in trade directories from 1850 (William Pepperday) through to 1928 (John Pepperday). In 1901 John lived there with his wife Mary, three children, two lodgers (one of whom worked in the shop), a servant and a nurse.

She said readers may like to know she used a wonderful archive of over 300 plate glass negatives of the local area deposited by Rugby Library at the Record Office. It was recently been catalogued and positive prints should be available for consultation shortly.

l By coincidence, while I was looking for something in our February 1916 editions I noticed this sad story: “The keenest sympathy will be extended to Mr and Mrs JH Pepperday of High Street, in the further loss they have sustained by their second son, Lance-Corpl GAG Pepperday being killed in action in France.

In his 21st year, he was educated at Rugby School and was in Lloyds Bank at Northampton. On duty in the trenches, on January 28, during a German attack, he was killed by the bursting of a shell. The sad news was conveyed to his parents in a letter from Capt Buxton in which he writes: “I can only say how great is the loss of your son to all in this company. One of our oldest members, he inspired confidence and devotion to duty and it may perhaps lesson your burden if I tell you he lived a loyal soldier and died a brave one.”

And so Mr and Mrs Pepperday have given their two eldest sons in the service of their King and country.