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1940's and before

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Jenny Harvey wrote to us in April 2015.

"My name is Jenny Harvey nee Pollard. My father, William Melville Pollard, born 1902, was a pupil at Huish. I have recently come into possession of a photo from his time there and also a newspaper cutting relating to the school. Both items came to me from my father's sister Muriel Pollard who is the person who wrote on top of the newspaper cutting The writing on the press cutting says
"Huish Grammar School, Taunton, East Street. The picture is from the Trades Handbook of 1920 but the photo itself could be older and Melville might well have been one of the boys". Historians amongst us know that particular Huish school was built in 1892, and that the big window on the left is the extension built in 1906. Looking at the boys' clothing, I'd take a punt on the photo being nearer to 1906 than to 1920, but I'd not argue if a more skilled photo-historian offered a different opinion.


As for the photo of the football XI 1917-18, writing on the back says that it is a picture of Melville at Huish School. Apparently the only one who looks remotely like him is the one wearing a jacket on the extreme right. Jenny asks "why the jacket?" My two penn'orth is that he was the sub at the time of the photo - and probably also the schools' nominated linesman and orange-carrier at the half time break. I would guess that the photo is a team photo after Huish won a local league (possibly cup, but no cup is visible) as the boys seem to be in School (as opposed to House) colours. The Headmaster in the middle is Arnold Goodliffe MA, who was Head Master from 1903 > 1941. The Master to the left is - in my opinion - Mr Sidwell, who had returned in 1917 wounded in the Great War.

If any reader can add, Jenny would be delighted to hear from you:click here to email her directly.

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