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I can provide 2 missing names on West Bromwich school board

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: February 11, 2014

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I WAS interested in the letter from Mr Joe Davis in The Bugle (December 5 edition) regarding the George Salter School scholar board with yearly names, including Mr Davis, as I was a pupil at G.S. school from 1933-36.

I cannot remember seeing a scholar board during my years at G.S. school, but I did see the board when I visited the school in 1991 while waiting to see a Mr Quirke.

The board was lying on the floor with other items opposite the reception, and on top of the board was the name E. Cartwright. That was the only name on the board.

I enjoyed my time with Mr Quirke and the changes made at my old school.

Many years later I had a letter from a Mr M.E. O'Shea, head of history of G.S. school, plus a booklet about the history of G.S. school written by Mr Quirke before his retirement.

It was most interesting to read the history of my old school, as I wasn't sure of the dates when the school opened.

The first intake of pupils was spring 1932 and it officially opened in December 1932.

Now to the request made by Mr Davis about where are the scholars now, whose names are on the Board and which were supplied by Mr Davis.

I can help with just two names, 1935 Frederick Perry and 1944 Stanley Carter.

I knew both gentlemen as they were on the first committee of the first Sunday School Football League in West Bromwich.

I was a co-founder, along with Eric Plant and Albert Burgess, in forming that Sunday Football League in the 1954/55 season.

If it is the Fred Perry I knew he was also a West Bromwich Councillor for the Great Bridge ward for a few years. He was in his late 80s, but he died last year.

As well as being a committee man Stan Carter played football for Swan Village football club who were members of the Sunday Football League.

When I moved from West Bromwich to my present address I retired from the League and I think Stan Carter later became secretary of that League.

I hope Mr Davis gets a few more names from his list.

Head master and teachers 1933/36: Mr Mitchell (head), Mr Thomas (Piff), Mr Reg Turley, Mr Nicholas, Mr Dillworth (Dicky), Mr Ward (sports master), Mr John (plus fours), Mr Bloor (woodwork), Mr Fellows (metal work).

From an old timer of G.S. school, now 91 years old.

Mr C.T. Richards,

34 Maple Road,

Pleck,

Walsall.

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