Monday, 7 April 2008

Derby School O.T.C., July 1938

A postcard photo recently came into my possession which shows a group of uniformed men arranged for a formal group portrait. It is captioned, "Derby School O.T.C. July, 1939," and is presumably of instructors and cadets of the Officer Training Corps at Derby School, just before the Second World War.

Images © & collection of Brett Payne

According to this Wikipedia article, Derby School is a very old institution which has "had an almost continuous history of education of over eight centuries." In 1863, the school moved to St. Helen's House in King Street, Derby, which had been owned by Edward Strutt, 1st Baron Belper, and over the next 25 years, "was expanded from a local grammar school into a nationally known public school ... The school was greatly expanded with 'B'-block being added in 1901 ... During World War II, the school was evacuated to Overton Hall, Ashover, a village near Matlock," although it returned to St. Helen's House after the end of the war. The image below is a recent picture of "B" Block, St Helen's House, and it is clear that it is was infront of this building that the cadets sat for the portrait.

Image from the Wikimedia Commons
"B" Block, St. Helen's House, Derby in 2007, from Wikipedia

Are there any readers out there who might be able to identify any of the men in this picture. Please email me if you would like a high resolution version of the image.

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