Lawrence Memorial Royal Military School, Nilgris Hills, Lovedale.

My mother in Lovedale. This section is devoted to my mother’s love affair with Lovedale. If there are any readers who would like to find a good home for copies of their photographs of Lovedale prior to India’s Independence, I would be only too happy to accommodate them on this page.  I know my mother gave away a lot of school photographs to school friends who had no record of their stay in Lovedale and it would be great to see them reunited with this collection.

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15 August 1928. My mother’s time in Lovedale was just as charmed as Max Cocker’s.  See his The Lawrence Memorial Royal Military School, South India. A Personal Account, published in 1988. She joined during the time when the school came under the direction of a charismatic Principal, The Rev. Dr. R.W. Simpson. To quote Max Cocker ‘It is almost certain that no previous change of Principal led to such an upheaval in such a short time in the history of the school’.  Much of the following is taken from ‘Lovedale’ by Max Cocker.  Simpson was anti-military and tried to turn the school into an English pubic school. He changed the ghastly scratchy, dated, day  uniforms, to fine quality linen, with blouses for the girls,  changed the Sunday ‘blues’ uniforms to lapelled jackets with white shirts and black ties, changed boots for shoes, changed the ‘Orderlies’ to ‘Prefects’ and gave them a new and respected status. For social occasions the prefects were issued with mess kit and attended functions in Ooty and Wellington. Flower beds were planted.  He also personally demanded monthly reports on every pupil, and annually reviewed each class report personally. At the end of the year he called out the composition of the new classes for the following year, announced who was going up, who would be staying in the same class for another and if your name was not called, it meant that your parents would be asked to remove you.   He stopped the use of catapults which must have been the cause of the destruction of much wildlife in the surrounds of Lovedale. Incompetent staff disappeared and new ones arrived. He closed the old Common Room and put in a well-equipped Biology Laboratory.  He transformed the church and installed water-flushed sanitary systems throughout the school.  He replaced the teaching of Latin with Urdu as the second language and introduced Cambridge University examinations.  Into this revolution came my mother who got an incredible education of the highest standard, she and her friend Dorothy always coming first or second in their class. My mother was taught excellent French and also secretarial skills, typing, shorthand and bookkeeping which were one day to stand her in good stead. Each year the school performed a Gilbert and Sullivan opera, the costumes all hired from England and I have a photograph of my mother in a production of HMS Pinafore in 1934.

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1.The school production of H.M.S. Pinafore by Gilbert and Sullivan: 1934. My mother was one of the ‘sisters, cousins and aunts’ second row from the back 12th lady from the left. All her dearest and closest friends were in the production.

There were school dances and light entertainments performed throughout the year. My mother an avid collector of photographs all her life pointed her box camera at everything, so that there is a good record of the school at work and play.  Many of these photographs are now held in the India Office branch of the British Library.  It shows her so happy; no wonder Max Cocker, who was there at the same time, was in love with the place. One of my mother’s great love’s at school was a boy called George Crooke.  And I have a photograph of them together, so happy.   According to one of my mother’s school friends, who told me this at her funeral, he always remained the love of her life.  I think he and his family settled in Australia. My mother had no other photographs of George Crooke after he left school nor did I find any correspondence and I think if my father had thought she still had feelings for George Crooke the photographs of them together at school would have been destroyed.

The photographs of Lovedale. My mother who had many photographs of her stay at school, sadly gave away many to friends who had no photographs of themselves taken at Lovedale, but enough remained for me to make up a couple of albums of them which I presented to the India Office library of the British Library, where the originals can be examined by anyone and will one day, hopefully, be recorded and available on their internet site. But until that day, here they are.

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2.The main school building, completed in 1871. It formed the School, for the senior boys and was taken in 1934.

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3.At some time a clock was installed in the tower. Tennis courts in the foreground.

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4.The senior girls’ school. The scene of some of the happiest times of her life.The playground for the younger pupils is on the far left the scene of some of the most unhappy times of my life.

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5.The church which we attended every Sunday after parade on the Parade Ground and a march past the headmaster. The senior boys’ school seen to the left 

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6.Church parade every Sunday morning on the Parade Ground.

A massive and extremely good band in which both my father and his brother Edwin played. I spent many hours first learning to march and then marching every Sunday, first of all to the Parade Ground and then past the Headmaster’s house, to the ‘March Past’ the Headmaster outside the church, church Service and then marching back to the school. These photographs are all from my mother’s time at Lovedale.

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7.Inspection on the Parade Ground by visiting dignitaries and Simpson the Headmaster in robes.  

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8.On the Parade Ground with the Colours with everyone sloping arms with fixed bayonets.

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9.Marching with fixed bayonets

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10.Marching from the Parade Ground to the church

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11.Marching past the Headmaster’s House to the Church

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12.Marching past the Headmaster, left, Church on the right

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13.Marching past the Headmaster outside the church ‘Eyes Right!’ One can see how tiny some of the pupils  were. Followed by the senior girls in their Sunday uniforms

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14.Hope Grant House in Sunday uniform: 1936. This taken after Dr. Simpson has been sacked. These are some of the names that can be remembered. Front row left to right:  …..  M. Oram, Fraser Nash, Beveridge, …. Doug Weston, The Rev.C.B. Hall, Principal of Lovedale, House Master…. Ken Pearce  … Don Cardis.

Norman Minus, back row 6th from right. Arthur Minus, middle row, 3rd from right

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15.   Drummer boy, Maurice Lynch

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16.’China’ Shelby

                

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17.Outside the church door with the colours.

Left to right: Clifford Hissox, ‘China’ Shelby, Duggy Gilkes 
   

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18. One of the earliest photographs of my mother ‘B.Walton’ at Lovedale. They are still wearing the awful uniforms which were swept away by Dr Simpson
 

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19.The 1st Lovedale Company of Girl Guides: 1928. My mother, looking so young, in the third row from the front, on the far right.

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20.It would appear the Girl Guides became the Rangers, certainly the uniforms improved. My mother is in the second row from the front, second from left. Also on the second row is (next to my mother, Dorothy Buckley and Daisy Cooke    

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21.The Rangers again, my mother on the far left standing next to Dorothy Buckley.  All have something they had cooked, though I suspect like my mother it was the only cooking any of them did till they left India, but the lessons stood my mother in good stead and she became an excellent cook in later life.   (Daisy Cooke on the far right).

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22.The headmaster and headmistress with the Prefects.

(back row left to right) Cynthia Upshon; Jessie Ingram; Joyce Holmes; Dolly Hills; Rose Tullett; Barbara Walton; Ethel Glover and Doris Robinson (front row left to right: Grace Patient, Dorothy Buckley; headmistress Miss Bwye; Principal Dr. R.W. Simpson; Daisy Mumford and Ethel Ramble.

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23.The Headmaster, Dr. R. W.Simpson with some of his pupils

(left to right) Bertie Smith, Alan Bradfield, Dr Simpson, Charles Alexander and Jim Lawrence

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24.(left to right) Dr R. W.Simpson, Sir Norman Edward Marjoribanks (1872-1939), former acting Governor of Madras (1929), Lady Marjoriebanks and two ADC’s. Lovedale, 1934

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25.(left to right) Mrs Hall with her husband the Rev. C. B. Hall, Principal of the School from 1937-1943 and Mr Dunk who deputised as Principal on two occasions and was a School Governor.

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26-27.Teachers at the Girls’ School.  

26.(top) Miss Day           27.(bottom) Miss Hargreaves, Miss Speechley 

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28.’The Commercial Class’ with their teacher Mr Murcutt: 1935

(left to right) Daisy Mumford, Higgens, Mr Murcutt, Jim Lawrence, my mother – Barbara Walton.  (front) Basil……

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30. My mother, Barbara Walton

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32. George Crooke in day and Sunday uniform 

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33.Hipwood and George Crooke

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34. Bobby Webb

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35. Jackie Crooke

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36.Donald Ramble                               

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37.Stanley Luxa 

Notice the wearing of puttees which continued till I was at Lovedale

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38.Jessie Ingram

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39.Geoffrey Workman

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40.The School Choir with W. N. Prince (chaplain) and Dr R. W.Simpson

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41. Some of the beautiful scenery in Lovedale

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42 and 43. Some of the beautiful scene in Lovedale

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44-45.The countryside around Lovedale

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46-47.’Chivers Gang’ out for a hike in the countryside with a picnic. The top photograph is taken at the entrance to the Lovedale railway tunnel.

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48.’Chivers Gang’ out for a hike in the countryside with a picnic.

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49. The ‘Girls’ School excursion to Dodabetta Heights, the highest peak, in the Nilgris, nearly 9,750 ft.

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50-51. Ready for the School dance.
 50. Dorothy Buckley with my mother.
 51. Jessie Ingrams

 

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52. Ethel Glover

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53.Tubby Meudell, ‘Punch’ Hackett, Jim Diffy and Eric Frost

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54-55.My mother with George Crooke

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56.(top) Rosamund Crosse, Barbara Walton and Ella Birbeck.

57.(bottom)Dorothy Buckley, Barbara Walton and Daisy Cooke 

 

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58. Joyce….., Joyce Holmes, Barbara Walton

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59. Barbara Jervis    

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60. Beverley Pownall

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61. Midge Chittell, Beverley Bownall and Barbara Walton.


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62. Midge Chittell, Dorothy Duckley, Barbara Walton and Silpha Pearce

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63. Iris Trutter, Daisy Mumford and Barbara Walton

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64. Iris Trotter                         

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65. Daisy Mumford

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66.Ronald Pearce

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67. May Drake

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[top]68. Jean Ryan  [bottom] 69.Barbara Walton

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70. Sports Day on the Parade Ground

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71. Before the cross country race.

(back row, left to right) Coulby ….  Reynolds, Luxa, Don Ramble, Betie Smith, ‘China’ Shelby, Jim Lawrence… Akehurst….. Doug, Weston, Ken Marlow. (front row, far right) George Crooke. 

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72. Cross Country Race

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73. Cross Country Race. The Hurdle

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74.Ken Marlow – High Jump

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75. Ken Marlow dressed for Sports Day

 

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76. Gymnastic Team

(back row, left to right) Ken Cooke, Ken Marlow, Doug, Weston…. (middle row, 4th from left) Basil Day, Instructor right, Sergeant Spickett (front row left to right) Colclough, de Verine, Jim McGowan, David Osborne

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77. Sports Day Prizes

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78. Dance as part of the school entertainment: 6 September 1935

(left to right)’ Pipsy’ Shearer, Patsy Lynch, Patsy Thurly and Barbara Hammond

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79. Dance as part of the school entertainment: 6 September 1935

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80-81. Dance as part of the school entertainment

80. (left) ‘Teedie’ Robins and Margaret Haye 

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81. 
Barbara Walton, Heather Tutnerr, Jean Coleman and Zilpha Pearce 

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82-83.School production of unknown operetta – Hansel and Gretel? 1937 

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84.School production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Iolanthe’

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84-86.School production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Iolanthe’

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87-89.Barbara Walton as one of the chorus of Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Mikado’ with their fans and parasols 

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90. ‘Three Little Maids’ from Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Mikado’

(left to right) Jessie Kirkby, Margaret Nash and May Lincoln 

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91. Donald Ramble as ‘Pooh Bah’ and May Lincoln, Margaret Nash and Jessie Kirkby as ‘The Three Little Maids’ from Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Mikado’

Simpson resigns
The year she left Lovedale, Simpson was forced to resign. I can only quote Max Cocker at some length as he gives a feeling of what happened, though he omits to say that there were sickening rumours that Simpson was having an affair with one of the senior girls, a rumour which my mother was constantly faced with at school reunions and which she instantly scotched.   She always told people, that if anything like that had happened she would have known about it.  As a prefect, no girl could have hidden anything like that from her, and anyway it was not in the man’s nature to abuse his trust.

Max Cocker: Lovedale: “Then before the holidays in 1936, came a shock. There had been a meeting of the Board of Governors and Simpson was sacked. As a junior, I didn’t learn why or the details – there just seemed an accepted impression that a hard-core of the staff, resentful of the salary cuts and the excessive spending on school improvements had persuaded the board.  Feelings were shipped up among the boys by a mass march down to the formerly feared Simpson, completely humble and nearly in tears.  He thanked us and wished us well and we streamed back determined to sort out Shackleton who had been summarily chosen at the ringleader in this debacle.  His desk was naturally locked so ink was poured in through the hinges and a couple of windows broken in the classroom door. Those who read this and  know the facts will probably have reason  to smile at us misguided fools and our stupidity. When the parents arrived a few days later to take us home, conjecture and wild stories ran rife though, I suppose, a statement was published elsewhere.

In summary, a brilliant man who did a great deal in a short time and made the mistake of pushing his ideas without consideration for lesser mortals and their opinions. But that is just a view upwards from a very lowly position of the heap.

Ted Coulby, one of the privileged Prefects of the Simpson era [and a colleague of my mothers], remarks,

“..an intensely obsessive man, he desperately desired that his school should be seen to possess the highest standards and achievement in all spheres – education, moral, physical and cultural… All problems were tackled with the zeal of a reformer and with little regard to the cost, financial or emotional….He made enemies because of the speed and ruthlessness of his revolution, because of the alarming amount of money he required to put his modernisation into practice, but, primarily, I believe, because he upset the establishment represented by the Board of Governors who were only too willing to move against him when disaffected members of the school staff united in complaint…”

From the staff position, Ed Patient, who was a Master in Simpson’s time, says.

“Lovedale lost a very good and exceptional Principal when Dr. Simpson was dismissed. He was before his time and the school was the loser when he left…”

It was so fortunate that my mother’s period at Lovedale coincided with the time of this truly remarkable man. She had nothing but praise and admiration for him.

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92. I think this was taken during my mother’s last year at school.
(left to right) Joyce Holmes, Joan Holmes, Barbara Walton and Chris Pearce

I though I would put in some close ups of big HMS Pinafore photograph, in case anyone recognises anyone.
I’m sure they were asked to smile but don’t they all look so happy 

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Patsy Lynch seated on the right

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My mother, centre row, third from the right

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98. Close up of H.M.S.Pinafore

More photographs of Lovedale pupils

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99. Charles and Violet Holdaway in Lovedale

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100. Hugh Kenneth Merrett Poyntz (1911-1985)
Attended Lovedale from 1923-1928

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101. Charles and Edwin Holdaway in Lovedale

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102.Charles Holdaway in Lovedale

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103. Brian Walton in Lovedale 1936

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104. Joan Walton in Lovedale 1936

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105. Brian Walton in Lovedale 1936

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106. Arthur Minus his brother Norman Minus and friend on the Lovedale train. 17 December 1937

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107. Derek Holdaway in Lovedale. 12th February 1943

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108. Derek Holdaway in Lovedale. 12th February 1943

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109. Walter Holdaway (former pupil)

with his son Derek Holdaway in Lovedale. 12th February 1943

Photographs of Old Lawrencians in Madras

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110.Old Lawrencians, Madras, 1st September 1938

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111. The ‘Old Lawrencians’, St Matthias’s Church, Madras 1939

Walter Holdaway (back row third from right) Barbara Walton Mrs Holdaway (third row, fifth from right)
Miss Mather (second row, fourth from right) 

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112.A group of Old Lawrencians at Lovedale. Unknown, Walter Holdaway Herbert Holdaway, (child) Derek Holdaway, Barbara Holdaway, Charles Edward Kelly and Unknown. Lovedale School in the background. Founders’s Day celebration 1939.

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113.The Band, Lovedale School, 1939 

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114.March Past, 1945

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115.Marching to the church from the parade ground. 1947

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116.Sunday Parade

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117. Board in Lovedale listing the Headmasters and Headmistresses
from 1861

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118, General Sir James Hope Grant (1808-1875).  Displayed in the Large Hall, Lovedale

General Sir James Hope Grant (1808-1875). Born in Scotland. He served with the 9th Lancers from 1826-1858 joining as a cornet.  He served as a brigade-major under Lord Saltoun in the first Chinese War (1840-1842) and distinguished himself in the Sikh wars  of 1845-6  and 1848-9. He also served  during the Indian Mutiny and was awarded a KCB in 1858. That Grant survived the Sikh Wars and 1857 mutiny in India was itself a miracle, for an account of his campaigns and feats reads like a history of the wars themselves.   He seemed to be everywhere, often in fiercely contested hand-to-hand combat. At the outbreak of the mutiny in May 1857, Grant was at Umballa and as brigadier of the cavalry marched from Umballa to relieve Delhi.   He was in the action at Budlee-ka-Sera, in the battles before Delhi, and at the storming of the town. He then commanded a march on Lucknow and was present at the engagement at Kallee Nuddee, the relief of the Alumbagh, the first relief of Lucknow and the battle of Cawnpore. He also commanded and fought engagements at Serai Ghat, Goorsaigunj, and Meangunj and was at the second relief of Lucknow and at the battles at Mossa Bagh, Koorsie, the Baree road, Sirsee, Nawabgunj, and Sooltanpore. He then commanded the Trans-Ghorgra force which fought the numerous engagements leading to the final suppression of the Munity. After this he served in the Second Chinese War 1860-1 and was awarded a GCB.  He was appointed commander-in-chief at Madras during 1862-3 and on returning to England served as quartermaster-general at the Horse Guards 1865. Grant has been described as one of the most formidable soldiers of his day and the deadliest fighter of his time. He was a deeply religious man with a high moral code and is known to have punished any soldiers under his command who were found looting. He was also a fine musician and famously claimed that one of his promotions was the result of his performance skills on the cello, as he entertained the General on one of his lengthy sea voyages to China.  In Agra in Febuary 1847 he had married Elizabeth Helen Tayler (d.1891) who was the daughter of Benjamin Tayler of the Bengal civil service.

The following are quotes from The Life of General Sir James Hope Grant by Henry Knollys.  Quote from the General’s Journal. ‘My wife was incessantly occupied with the Female Military Orphan Asylum, with the ‘Lawrence Asylum at Ootacamund, and with the Assylum for Soldiers Sons at Madras. She spent the great part of her time working with these children, till she nearly knocked herself up.  We had a desperate time in endeavoring to carry out arrangements for sending the children to the hills, but at last we were successful, and a pleasant plateau at Ootacamund was selected for the new site called Lovedale.’

On leaving Madras for England. Sir James noted in his journal:  ‘We were very sorry to leave Madras and the people we had known there, yet our return home was most desirable for us, for the health of both of us had become shaky , and we needed a change to our native air.’  Before they left Madras a large deputation presented them with an ‘address’ expressing the great regret of the European inhabitants at their departure.  The Address acknowledged the courtesy and kindness in which Sir James had conducted himself and the fine legacy of institutions he had left behind for the benefit of ‘those souls and bodies who are unable or reluctant to provide for themselves’.  The Address  continues  ‘As you have taken a very lively interest in the education of the children and especially the orphan children of soldiers both European and Eurasian, we should be glad to preserve a memorial in the Lawrence Asylum now in the process of erection in the Neilgherry [sic] hills.  We therefore request that you will oblige your friends of the Madras Presidency by sitting for your portraits after your arrival in England, allowing us to place the likeness of you, Sir Hope Grant, in the building to be set apart for the boys in that institution; and yours, Lady Grant, in that of the girls,  We now bid you farewell.  We shall remember your long…..’.  The author added a note to this entry  ‘The likenesses to which allusion was made were subsequently painted and are now in the Lawrence Asylum. ‘  Sir James is buried in Grange Cemetery, Edinburgh and his coffin was carried there by four of his companion generals.

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119. Elizabeth Helen Tayler, Lady Grant.  Displayed in the Large Hall, Lovedale 

Elizabeth Helen Tayler, Lady Grant. (d.1891). Elizabeth Helen Tayler marred Sir James Hope Grant in Agra in February 1847.   She was the daughter of Benjamin Tayler a judge in the Bengal civil service. The following is quoted from The Life of General Sir James Hope Grant by Henry Knollys.  ‘The marriage was a thoroughly happy one from every point of view.  Between the two there  existed close identities of opinion, the strongest sympathy and a self-devotion which never wearied. The General was most affectionately and gratefully conscious of how much he owed to his wife, while she was proud of, and sustained him throughout all his fortunes good or bad.’   As can be seen from my notes on the life of Sir James she was devoted to the care of the Asylum children at Lovedale. There were no children of the marriage and the two children who appear at her knee in the painting must represent two of the children from the Lawrence Asylum.

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120. The Rev. Padfield.  Principal of Lawrence Memorial Royal Military School. Photograph displayed in the Large Hall, Lovedale 

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121. The King’s Colour presented to the School in 1924 by the Duke of Connaught (1850-1942). Displayed in the Large Hall, Lovedale

Bust of Sir Henry Montgomery Lawrence.  Lawrence School, Lovedale

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Painting of Sir Henry Montgomery Lawrence
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Extract from the Old Lawrencian Association Newsletter July 1996.
“Barbara Walton (Holdaway) (’35), who was at Hounslow (reunion) in April, died on the 11 June.  “My happiest years were spent in Lovedale”, was Barbara’s oft-stated sentiment which she proved by marrying a fellow OL and her complete support for the Association, including Committee membership during the 50s-70s era when her home was the scene of regular meeting with much yarning, fortified with her char  and curry puffs.  Gentle Barbara’s smiling welcome will be sorely missed by the many who knew and loved her.  An adoring junior during her Prefectship, Patsy Lynch, travelled all the way (from Oxford) to Yeovil by taxi to pay her respects.”

 

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