The WW2 School staff is listed. Descendants of these people might know what happened to Newtown School in wartime?
I did not find confirmation of anecdotes that the school buildings were closed to students and school tuition was made possible through community visitation. However, a comparison of staff numbers in 1 Apr 1945 with 31 Mar 1925 shows a downsized staff which could have handled an out-reach program, but not a fully operating school.
Hebburn Urban District Council
Newtown Council School No. 3 Dept Boys.
Teachers employed on 31st March 1925
Head Teacher. Priestland, Tom
Fleming, (nka Wilcox) Mary Teresa, Class V.
LANE, Robert Strong, Class IV
LOONEY, Robert Mitchell, Class III.
McCONWAY, John Stanley Raymond, Class IIa.
NOTMAN, Andrew Cuthbert, Class VI.
OWEN, Phebe Hill , Class I Single Woman.
SMYTH, Mary Ann, Class IIb Single Woman.
WATSON, Ernest Percival, Class VII
BARCLAY, Martha, Class Ih Single Woman.
LAWSON, Rowland Raddolph, Class -
Teaching Staff as on Apr 1st 1945
Mr. Robert A. Lane Temporary Head
Mr John S. R. Mc Conway (Permanent) C.A.
(Widow) Mrs Annie Riches Temp C.A.
Miss Kathleen M. Kerr (Permanent) C.A.
Mrs Martha Howes Temp U.A.
Miss Isabella Wardele (Permanent) C.A.
What did Robert do during his period of promotion? The “Boys Log Book” showed on 7 Jan 1941:
Miss K Kerr commenced duties as a Trained certificated Teacher to fill the vacancy caused by the retirement of Mr. E. A Watson and the subsequent promotion of Mr R. S. Lane. Miss Kerr was transferred from the Girl’s Department. Mr R. S. Lane commenced his duties today as Temporary Headmaster.
It would appear that Robert attended the Education Committee. The name ‘Lane’ was present in the list of attendees of some of the meeting associated with the school. However there were no initials or other information which could confirm if it relates to Robert Strong Lane.
Robert was still the temporary Head Teacher on 1 Apr 1945. However, after the school re-opened after the Easter Holiday on 10 Apr 1945, he was absent with "nervous debility". It was noted that he was still on leave on 16 Apr and 23 Apr. Then there was the note that Robert had retired 30 Apr 1945, shortly before he was aged 65 on 6 Oct 1945.
The Headmaster, Mr. R.S. Lane, retired to-day after 42 years service in this school, the last 4 years as Headmaster. Mr. J. S. R Mc Conway is acting as Headmaster.
Robert's distinguished wartime experiences detailed in my website in WW1 changed to his responsibilities in WW2 educating his students in the community, still with the constant threat of enemy bombs and strafing! Our sympathies must lie with Robert for his “nervous debility”; at the end of his career!
Note that all sources for the above information is cited in my website.
Link: Robert Strong LANE
« Back to index | View thread »