|Thread Topic: Matthew Humberston School Cleethorpes
Topic Originator: John Readman
Post Date January 17, 2006 @ 5:37 AM
There has been a Church of England School on this site since 1882 when
the school first opened its doors to just fifteen boys! Over a hundred
years later there are over fourteen hundred students on the roll. This
school is situated on the south side of Clee Road, Cleethorpes, between
the junctions with Clee Crescent. Clee Road forms the A46 road, which
runs in a westerly direction from Isaacs Hill and the junction with A180
to a junction with the A1031 commonly known as Love Lane roundabout.
Before 1973, the school was Clee Grammar School (Boys), under the
authority of Lindsey Education Committee. In September 1973, under
re-organisation, the school went comprehensive, with a lower school on
Clee Road and the upper school at Chatsworth Place where it is sometimes
called Beacon Hill.
The memorials are in the assembly hall of the school. In the school
magazine of the Clee Grammar School, known as “The Humberstonian”, the
memorial was placed in the gymnasium, in which case this room was very
large. There are three memorials in this room, affixed to the end wall,
one for the Great War, 1914 – 1919 and the other for the Second World
War, 1939 – 1945. These are of the same design, and look very
impressive. Each Cast Bronze Memorial Tablet measures 1000.50mm wide by
840mm high set within a marble surround measuring 1320mm wide by 1120mm
high. The letters on the bronze tablet are 100mm high. The 2 wooden
framed photograph boards measure 770mm wide 115mm high. Each photograph
measures 95mm wide by 140mm high, and is in black and white. The third
memorial is to the memory of Flight Lieutenant Andrew Smith, a former
pupil, who died in Iraq, in January, 2005. A photograph of Andrew Smith
shows him in flying kit with a simple granite plaque
I am currently engaged in writing the memorial volume for Briton Ferry and Neath in the Great War 1914 1918. I am writing the obituaries of all the men on the memorial and wherever possible, including photographs of them alongside. I am currently writing up James Hubert Waddington whose family were resident in Briton Ferry during the war. James however attended the Matthew Humbertson Foundation School. I noted with great excitment this evening on the Genuki page for the school that you may have access to a photograph of James. Would it be possible to have a scan of the photograph for the book? It would marvellous if we could include it.
I hope this gets to you!
With best regards
Kate: Hi Jonathan. I contacted John (his posting was in 2006 so I wasn't sure if his email address was still valid.) Heard from him today that he has contacted you. Hope this will be of great help to you in your reseach. Best wishes.