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My father worked at Wordsley Institution

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 13, 2014

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BUGLE readers may be interested in this photograph, which was taken around 1935, of the staff of the Wordsley Institution, previously the Workhouse.

The majority of the inmates were people with varying degrees of mental handicap - in the tender language of the 1930's referred to as MDs, or Mental Defectives. Also included were sufferers from epilepsy, for which there was then no treatment. There was also a small maternity unit.

The Master and Matron were a Mr and Mrs Ford, and I can identify three of the officers on the back row. Fourth and fifth from the left are Lawrence Hancox and my father Harry Shaw, both from Kingswinford.

Second from the right is James (Jim) Loxton of Wordsley. Jim was a Sergeant in the Worcestershire Regiment in World War One, and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, although I do not know the circumstances.

F. Bernard Shaw,

10 Cefn y Gader,

Morfa Bychan,

Porthmadog.

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