Sunday, January 22, 2012

February 22-28, 1940


Photographs of the five fighting Page brothers appeared in the Saturday edition of the Advertiser. The sons of Sidney and Beatrice Page of 146 Croft Road were serving on two continents. Sidney 30, Joseph 27 and youngest brother Ernest 20, were serving in France while Albert 25 was in Egypt. Eldest brother William 31 was also pictured although no details of where he was serving was given. The boys' father Sidney had served during the last war.

The funeral took place on Monday, February 26 of Lady Bolingbroke, following her death on Friday at Lydiard Park. The former Mary Howard was buried alongside her husband Henry, the 5th Viscount Bolingbroke in the St John family vault at St Mary's Church, Lydiard Tregoze.

The couple had married in 1893 following a ten year long clandestine relationship that had produced two illegitimate sons. Their third son, Vernon Henry, born in 1896 following their marriage, went on to succeed to his father's titles and estate.

The funeral was attended by family, friends, tenant farmers and workers on the Lydiard Park estate. Lady Bolingbroke's last years had been blighted by ill health and financial difficulties.



The Drove Road School for Senior Girls and Infants (picture) under construction during the early months of 1940.

Meanwhile,a long-running dispute between parents, the local authority and the Board of Education finally came to an end this week in 1940 when the Highworth "strike school" was forced to close.

Local parents had boycotted the new Senior School at Kingsdown which opened in 1937, arguing that it should have been built in Highworth.

"War and the weather have thus achieved what the whole power and knowledge of the Wilts County Council and even the Board of Education could not," reported the Advertiser.

"We were overpowered," Vernon Hicks, the chairman of the strike committee told the newspaper. "We were bound to lose in the end, like Russia and Finland," he said.

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