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Contact from New Zealand

I received an email today from a man in New Zealand.....


'Hi, My Grandmother was headmistress of the Girls department in the First World War till she married my Grandfather at Romford. The newspaper report of the wedding refers to a wonderful gift from the school.

My daughter and I will be in the UK 12-13-14 May and will visit St Andrews Church where they married. It would be great to visit your school and maybe Francesca could briefly speak to the students about her Great great grandparents and the connection to the school.

My Grandfather George was wounded at Gallipoli and was recovering at Hornchurch hospital (a hospital for New Zealand soldiers) where he met Mabel West who was a member of the Women’s Volunteer Reserve. They sailed for New Zealand in 1917.

Here is a reference to the ‘Essex news” article