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Badley, John Haden (1865–1967), headmaster, was born on 21 February 1865 in Tower Street, Dudley, Worcestershire, the only son of James Payton Badley, surgeon, and his wife, Laura Elizabeth Best. He had three older sisters to whom he was always very close. The home atmosphere was restricted in some ways but very supportive and affectionate, and he enjoyed a happy childhood. ...

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James, Eric John Francis, Baron James of Rusholme (1909–1992), headmaster and university administrator, was born on 13 April 1909 near Derby, the younger son of Francis William (Frank) James (1865–1945), of Parkstone, Dorset, commercial traveller for wholesale chemists, and his wife, Lilian (Lily) Taylor (...

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Eric John Francis James, Baron James of Rusholme (1909–1992) by Elliott & Fry, 1953 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lynam, Charles Cotterill (1858–1938), headmaster, was born on 15 June 1858 in Stoke-on-Trent, the eldest of fourteen children, ten sons and four daughters, of Charles Lynam (1829–1921), architect, and his wife, Lucy Emma, daughter of Robert Garner MD FRCS. He was educated at ...

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Manning, Rosemary Joy [pseuds. Sarah Davys, Mary Voyle] (1911–1988), author and headmistress, was born on 9 December 1911 at Rodwell Lodge, Weymouth, Dorset, the only daughter among four children of Thomas Davys Manning (1868/9–1943), a doctor, and Mary Ann Coles (1869–1960/61)...

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McNeile, Ethel Rhoda (1875–1922), missionary and headmistress, was born in London on 18 October 1875, the daughter of Hector McNeile (d. 1922), vicar of Bredbury, Cheshire, and his wife, Mary Rosa Lush. Both of her parents were from staunchly evangelical families. Hugh Boyd McNeile...

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Morris, Max (1913–2008), headteacher and trade unionist, was born at 10 Overdale Gardens, Glasgow, on 15 August 1913, the second of three sons of Nathan Morris, Hebrew scholar, and his wife, Annie, née Moselowsky. His elder brother was Jerry Morris (1910–2009), epidemiologist. From a poor Russian Jewish family, he attended ...

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John Malcolm Rae (1931–2006) by Bassano, 1973 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Rae, John Malcolm (1931–2006), headmaster and author, was born at 2 Rutford Road, Streatham, London, on 20 March 1931, the son of (Lawrence) John Rae, radiologist, and his wife, (Annie) Blodwen, née Williams. He was educated at Bishop's Stortford College and, after national service as a second lieutenant in the ...

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Souvestre, Marie Claire (1835–1905), headmistress, was born in Brest on 28 April 1835, the second of three children (all daughters) of (Charles-) Emile Souvestre (1806–1854) and his second wife, Angélique-Anne (Nanine) Papot (1806–1886). The father was the prolific, Morlaix-born, republican-inclined author who, making his name with ...

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Warrell, Charles Watson (1889–1995), headmaster and writer, was born on 23 April 1889 at Farmborough, near Bath, Somerset, the son of Sidney Watson Warrell, headmaster of Farmborough village school, and his wife, Annie, née Stubbs. Charles Warrell was educated at Newfoundland Road School, Bristol...