My late Grandmother always said that her father, John Matthews (1875 – 1931) was educated at Rugby School.
Now Rugby School is quite a well known establishment. My Grandmother whilst she has not been 100% accurate on her family information there has always been a grain of truth in the stories or “facts” she relayed to me.
I was at an antiques fair about 15 years ago and saw a postcard of Rugby School so I bought it.
I also bought a set of school lists, four of them infact – Winter 1904, Summer 1905, Summer & Winter 1908
- John could read and write
- John’s father had his own business in Rugby as a coke dealer
- John lived with his parents John & Elizabeth (nee Spencer) and his sisters Mary Anne and Edith (born 1877) in Rugby well within the 5 mile stipulation.
I wrote to Rugby School who advised that they had no record of John Matthews attending the school and suggested that I contact Lawrence Sheriffs School. This I did and sadly it looks as though I may be at a dead end, as the Lawrence Sheriffs School suffered a fire at the beginning of the 20th Century and many of the archives were lost.
I guess sometimes the questions are left unanswered.