Item 011 - Education and Tonbridge School (where C.M. Woodford and his sons were enrolled)

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Education and Tonbridge School (where C.M. Woodford and his sons were enrolled)


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Reel 2 (a) Various documents, including school reports for Woodford boys; (b) a set of unlabelled and undated photographs, of which three appear to be of a footrace and one of another athlete, in the grounds of a school, possibly Tonbridge; four of the remainder are outdoor snaps of four young men, one apparently in a wheelchair, and two are of a seated woman holding a pigeon in her lap, accompanied by a man [Woodford??] and a younger man. [There are passing references to one of Woodford’s sons at Hawkesbury Agricultural College in 028 (bc) and 028 (bg)]; in PMB1381/004 there is a letter from W. to Holcombe Ingleby, dated 30 Oct 1910, in which he states that ‘Charlie, my eldest boy, is reading for a law degree at St. John’s Oxford and intends to enter the colonial service’, while Harold wants to go to Australia where he has many friends. (in letter to Holcombe dated 12 Mar 1911, W says decision finally taken: Harold is to go to Australia and will do course at Hawkesbury Agricultural College (PMB1381/004); in a letter to ‘Mrs. Jack’ [London] dated 21 Sep 1912 (PMB1381/004) W. notes that ‘my eldest boy has left Oxford and gone to a rubber plantation in Kelantan. ‘I would never have a child of mine in the W. as I have seen too much of the decadence of the second and third generation ever to want to see anyone connected with me to make a home there’. See also PMB 1290 bundle 16, 7/40 (The Whitgift Magazine, Jun 1890, in which W is cited as source of information on death at Malaita in 1889 of old boy of Whitgift Jack Cooper).

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