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September 2012

During the course of September, the Archive has been busy helping two authors with research for books due out in 2014 and 2015.

To coincide with the centenary of the start of the First World War, Dr Anthony Seldon, Master of Wellington College is publishing a book about the role of Public Schools and their pupils in this conflict. He has enlisted the help of many HMC school archivists and I was able to pass onto him details of the part played by Malvernians in the conflict. It makes for a fascinating read and I will be publishing an article in the 2014 Newsletter using the material that I unearthed. A conference is being staged at Wellington in November 2012 to help schools prepare for the  centenary and I am sure that the College and the Society will organise some special events for that time.

I have also been assisting Antony Collis, who is researching for a new book on the Foster family. He has had access to the diaries of Sophie Foster and to many items of previously unpublished material on the family who contributed so much to cricket in Worcestershire that for a time it became known as “Fostershire”.

A third piece of private research has involved tracking down those Malvernians who played cricket for Kent CCC and also fought in the First World War. These requests are typical of the many that come in to the Society office each month.

We have also been asked by an elderly lady to provide details about her late uncle, who was at the College between 1875 and 1880. She knew of his later history but we were able to fill in the details of his school and university careers. In some cases, particularly if the Malvernian concerned played First XI cricket or football, we are able to scan and e-mail photographs of the pupil and this is often a great delight to relatives to see their loved ones as very young men.

In this connection I am trying to track down a photo of RG French [1932-1937], Head of No.7, who was killed in action in 1941. I have found some un-named House photos but we cannot identify him, so if there is anyone out there who can help, please contact me.


Ian Quickfall

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