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Double View ex pupils- WWI?

An old photo that may show former East Dean pupils that fought in World War I

Greg wrote: "I have attached a photo which I believe is of ex-pupils of Double View school prior to departure to the front. The man in the centre might be the headmaster. Hopefully someone might have more information. The only clue I have is that my great uncle, Pte Hubert Hall is in the picture. He lived in Belle Vue Road, Cinderford and went to Double View. It isn't a regimental photo, because there are at least two different regiments in the picture. So I thought school maybe. ... I think he (Hubert) is third from the left in the middle row. I'm comparing him to photos we have of Hubert on his own, and I'm pretty sure that's the one".

Front row L-R: 1 Arthur or Bill Beddis (they were both in WW1 and returned home safely)

Robert Harris added: "... headmaster, the notorious Mr Emmery"

Jeff Jones added: "... The civilian definitely looks like John Alfred Emery, headmaster of Double View, from the 1915 School photo also on this site. It's hard to tell without the original photo, but there does seem to be various cap badges on show, suggesting they're from more than one regiment, probably the Glosters and maybe the South Wales Borderers too ?".

Ron Beard added: "... The front left is Bill Beddis, Arthur did not join up until Nov/Dec 1915 when he and four other local lads volunteered for the Severn and Avon Valley Pioneers raised by MP Webb. His four friends were Jim Beard, Tom Beard, Bill Walkeley and "Buller" Turley. Buller Turley was awarded an MC and was the only one of the group who did not survive the war".

Rosie ? added (January 2021): "... I know my great uncle Alfred George Hitt is in this photo as I remember my mum having it in her collection and telling me about him. He was in the 4th battalion Worcestershire regiment and died 27/9/1917 aged 20. Not sure which is him though. He lived in the Lower High St, Cinderford".

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