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Feb 24

William Elhanan Gascoyne

We often get asked to provide any information we have on an alumni – more so as family history is such a popular pastime! The most recent was William Elnahan Gascoyne – Gascoyne in fact being quite a popular surname in the school registers at the start of the 20 century.

The details found include:

From the Admissions Register

  • b.12 Jan 1895
  • admitted 14 Jan 1909 from Long Crendon County School, reached standard VII, entered form IV
  • father Gilbert retired manager of harness works
  • Day scholar, free place granted by governors
  • 5 terms in school, Spring 09 to Summer 10, left 27 Jul 1910
  • 1910 Oxford Local Junior Pass.

From the Terminal List

Listed termly as free pupil April 1909 to December 1910. Dec 10 entry starred in pencil as ‘not counted’ and endorsed ‘Left’. This might imply that the decision to leave in July was a sudden one.

From The Tamensian

Issue 21 April 1909

Placed in ‘Rural House’ one of 16. (This was the start of the house system “to increase local esprit de corps and promote healthy rivalry”. The boarders were divided into two houses “upon no very definite principle as yet” and the day boys between urban and rural.)

Issue 23 December 1909

Listed as member of Rural House, one of 24, placed in 3rd football set (of 3)

Unsurprisingly in view of his age, no mention in any sports team or athletics competition, including junior events. Not awarded house colours.

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