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Wordsley Choirboys — circa 1925

By rob taylor  |  Posted: February 16, 2012

The choir 87 years ago.

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SENT in to by Rita Bailey, this photograph has close connections with her family, as she describes as follows...

“This photograph was taken at Holy Trinity Church in Wordsley, so hopefully the clergyman seated in the centre of the group is the Reverend R. H. FOWLER who was the incumbent for 37 years from 1923-1960. Perhaps one of your readers could verify this? “During his long career many people from the area must have been ‘hatched, matched or despatched’ by the Revd.

FOWLER and this included my family, as he married my parents in 1939.

Apparently after the ceremony he asked my mother, Marjorie HILL, who had been born and bred in Kingswinford, where she was going to live. On being told, ‘West Bromwich,’ he gave her a downcast look, shook his head sadly and added just two words - ‘bad move.’ On reflection it can be seen what he meant, as forsaking the leafy, still largely rural Kingswinford, (where fields of corn surrounded by thick hedges could still be seen in the vicinity of their home in Mount Pleasant) for the grimy industrialised town of West Bromwich must have been a real shock to the system.

“The only other person recognised on the photograph is the lad seated at the front. second from the left. This was my uncle Reginald Howard HILL, who was born in Kingswinford in 1915. His innocent looks belie his childhood pranks, as together with some mates he was playing with one of those huge rollers used on grass games pitches. They eventually managed to move it, resulting in Reginald falling underneath and breaking his arm badly. Even this didn’t stop his highjinks, as imagine my grandmother’s shock while out shopping and catching sight of her son hanging off the back of a passing lorry’s tailboard. Reginald was holding on with his good arm with the other encased in plaster of Paris and in a sling! One of his other antics was the unfortunate habit of sticking his tongue between his teeth while playing rugby with the inevitable results! “It would be good to know if anyone can put more names to the people shown in the photograph”.

Rita Bailey Greenways6@aol.com

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