Orphans

The history of what is now The Royal Alexandra and Albert School is an inspiring story of two separate charities, each dedicated to caring for and educating orphans or other infants and children in great need, run on almost identical lines, eventually coming together, over sixty years ago in Gatton Park, Reigate.

The Orphan Working School, established in 1758, eventually became the Royal Alexandra School. The Royal Albert Orphan Asylum, founded in 1864, became the Royal Albert School.

Following the move to Gatton Park in 1949, the School evolved from an orphanage to become the state boarding school it is today. It now offers top quality boarding education and is one of the most sought after schools in the area.
Over two hundred and fifty years the Schools have supported more than twenty thousand necessitous children; those who we are proud now to call Foundationers. There are currently seventy Foundationers in the School.

The term 'orphan' is often believed to mean a child with no parents. In fact, at the time when this School was an orphanage, the term was used to refer to children who had lost one or both parents. In an age when there was no welfare state, the loss of one parent could have an even more devastating effect on a family. If there was no close relative to rely on, a widowed parent would need to work and this would mean they could not care for their child.

The list shows children who were admitted to the Alexandra Orphanage as a result of the loss of their father in the First World War. We do not have the records for the Albert Orphanage. If you have any further information about war orphans who came to this School please get in touch.

Admitted Name Reason for admittance
1914 Walter Henry Scott Father killed in action
1914 Wilfrid Harry Beauland Father lost on Aboukir
1915 Albert W R Bowley Father killed in action
1915 Charles John Tirell Father killed in action
1915 Herbert J Gregory Father shot in France
1915 Walter Yeo Father in service
1915 William A Gregory Father shot in France
1916 Grace Victoria Perris Father killed by shell
1916 Hilda Stella Perris Father killed by shell
1916 Rose Louisa Stevens Father shot in retreat of Mons
1916 Thomas Whitehorne Father died of wounds received in war
1916 William James Edward Eden Father missing since 1914- presumed dead
1917 Albert Edward Bullard Father killed in action - Gallipoli
1917 Arthur Norman Child Father died of wounds
1917 Charles Strafford Father killed in action in Flanders
1917 Dorothy Ellen Ward Father killed in action
1917 Edwin Charles Beaumont Father killed in action - Gallipoli Peninsula
1917 Ernest Arnold Robert Alexander Father killed in action
1917 Ernest George Frederick Blume Father in Riffle Brigade
1917 Frances Mabel Sybill Hill Father killed on service
1917 Frederick George Cauter Father killed in action
1917 Frederick George Payne Father was ship cook in H.M.S Formidable - torpedoed
1917 George Augustus Storey Father missing in action
1917 George W M Buchan Father killed in action
1917 Henry Webster Reid Father killed in action
1917 Horace ArthurTurton Father killed in action
1917 Kathleen Ruby Meadows Father killed in action
1917 Leslie Thomas Tayler Father killed in action
1917 Lilian Dorothy Stevens Father killed in action - Fell in battle
1917 Marguerite Lydia Tayler Father killed in action
1917 Reuben Henry Smith Father killed in action
1917 Richard James Cyril Beaumont Father killed in action - Gallipoli Peninsula
1917 Robert Cecil Meadows Father killed in action
1917 Samuel Willie Biddle Father killed in action
1917 Stanley Ernest Cole Father killed in action
1917 Thomas Hill Father killed on service
1917 William R C Child Father died of wounds
1918 Alfred Charles Percival Lewin Father killed in action - sailor
1918 Alfred Vaughan Biggs Father killed in action
1918 Arthur John C Clark Father presumed killed in action
1918 Arthur Stephen Biggs Father killed in action
1918 Frederica Gibson Father died of wounds from action
1918 Geofrey William W Oxley Father died under operation in Malta
1918 Harold John Percy Father killed in action
1918 John Wortley Middleton Father killed in action
1918 Kenneth James Long Hospital ship torpedoed
1918 Lawrence Morrall Father killed in action
1918 Robert William Hill Father killed in action
1918 Ruth M R Biddle Father killed in action
1918 Thomas William Beavis Father killed in action - somewhere in France
1918 William James Powell Perry Father killed in action
1919 Arthur Frank Benwell Father killed in action
1919 Arthur Henry Percy Simons Father killed in action
1919 Dorothy Florence Tarn Father died from wounds
1919 Douglas Gordon McLacklin Father had bronchiad pneumonia - France
1919 Jack Dodson Father killed in action
1919 John Henry Hiley Father killed in action
1919 Lily Emily Tayler Father killed in action
1919 Martin William C George Father killed in action
1919 Walter John Hull Father killed in action
1919 Walter Sidney C Wells Father killed in action
1919 William Everett Father killed in action
1919 William Frederick Harvey Father killed in action
1919 William George Clarke Father died from wounds
1919 Willie Curtis Father killed in action
1920 Albert G Keep Father shot in battle of Ashbourne
1920 Albert Geoffrey McLacklin Father had brochiad pneumonia - France
1920 Albert Harvey Father wounded/ missing in action
1920 Alfred Charles Wakeford Father killed in action - burial place unknown
1920 Eleanor May Ashford Father killed in Palestine
1920 Henry James Bullard Father killed in action - Gallipoli
1920 Ivy May Scott Father killed in action
1920 James J Hiley Father killed in action
1920 John Henry Harvey Father wounded/ missing in action
1920 John J Bartlett Father killed in action
1920 John Neave Harvey Father killed in action
1920 Joseph Frederick Bryant Father died from wounds
1920 Leonard F Sands Father killed in action
1920 Norman M Sands Father killed in action
1920 Roland Benjamin Henry Sawyer Father killed in action - Palestine
1920 Stanley Arthur Wrist Father killed in action
1921 Arnold Jeffrey Father killed in action
1921 Arthur James Joss Father killed in action
1921 Frederick G Gregory Father killed in action - near Bethune
1921 Frederick Joss Father killed in action - Belgium
1922 Edward William W Evans Father killed in action - East Africa in 1917
1922 Mary Jane Berry Father killed - sunk in submarine
1923 Ernest Walter Langston Father missing in the war
1923 Robert Harry Biddle Father killed in action
1924 Leonard Cyril Underhill Father killed in action
1924 Reginald George Nicholls Father killed in action


 

   
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