School Photo Names List. v2
Email (25 March 2014) from GARTH MATTHEWS (firstname.lastname@example.org) Son of Vera, nee Crumpler who lived TM 1921 to 1926
I thought it would be interesting to trace the lives of the youngsters, smiling at us from the Tarrant Monkton village school photograph, all those years ago.
I am happy to report that the vast majority got married, had children and lived well past 70 years, with at least 11 living into their 80s and 8 living into their 90s!!
The hunt is on for any pupil who is still alive and the short list is as follows:
PERCY TANSWELL (last known address was in Blandford )
VICTOR WATERMAN (last known address was in Marnhull)
They too would be well into their 90s now.
Who knows, perhaps the school photograph is going to give us one Dorset centenarian!
If anyone knows the current situation of the above two gentlemen, it would be great to hear about them.
There were also 5 children whose lives I was not able to follow through:
Freda Bowring (became Freda Bell in 1944 in the Poole area)
Topsey Winters Alfred Maidment Jimmy Coles Victor (Jim) Gatehouse
Again I should love to hear from anyone who can throw any light on them and let us hope hat some or all are still alive also..
I would add that my own mother, Vera Crumpler, married Henry Matthews, a seaman from Poole, in November 1932. She had three children, myself (Garth), Shirley and Pam.
I attach a copy of her wedding photograph, which I hope you like.
She lived till she was 92. The other Crumpler girls in the photograph (and therefore my aunties ) lived long and happy lives also. Margery Crumpler married John Evans, lived in Lytchett, had three children and lived till she was 93. Winifred (Win) Crumpler married Harry Taylor, lived in Corfe Mullen, had two children and lived till she was 84. Mabel Crumpler married George Ashdown, lived in Oakdale, had three children and lived till she was 76.
The Crumpler family (Ellis and Barbara and their 7 children) lived in Tarrant Monkton in the 1920s and I also attach the family portrait photograph, taken in about 1931, with all the family dressed in Sunday best.