LOOKING BACK - November 27 edition

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Wesleyan School, Chapel Street 1910

Thank you very much to Pam Taylor for this lovely old photograph of the whole of the Rugby Wesleyan School taken in 1910.

Pam thinks the school was in Chapel Street and knows a little bit about a few of those pictured.

The little boy on the row second from the top, 4th from the right with his arms folded, is Ernest George Parriss. He was born in Rugby in 1900 so would have been 10 years old when this photo was taken, and he was the son of Joseph Parriss, Watchmaker & Jeweller, and Ellen Mary.

In the 1911 census, the family was living at 13 Regent Street, and Ernest’s two older sisters helped in the family’s jewellery business.

On the left of the picture is John Ferry who was headteacher of the School. He was 55 when this photo was taken and was born in Shoreditch, London. The lady teacher at the other side of the photo was his daughter, Ethel aged 30. She was born in Rugby and was assistant teacher.

Pam says it’s lovely to see that many of the little girls are holding bunches of flowers and some boys are wearing buttonholes to mark the occasion and adds: “I hope these little lads came through WW1 safely. As far as I can find out, Ernest survived the war and died in Norfolk aged 77.”