Monday, 17 June 2013

British Library seeks London’s Princeton School students

Can you help with the following British Library appeal concerning London's Princeton Street School?

Seeking Students Of London’s Princeton School

The British Library Europeana Collections 1914–1918 project team is trying to trace descendants of 30 pupils of the Princeton Street School (later Princeton Primary School), Bedford Row in London’s Holborn district who recorded their impressions of Zeppelin air raids on the city on 13 October 1915.

The children's accounts were recorded in a beautifully illustrated workbook, now held at the British Library in St Pancras. The Europeana team would love to digitise this work and make it available for everyone to read online at and This is part of a wider project that will see around 10,000 British Library items related to the First World War go online next year, helping to increase access to culturally significant material as we commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of war.

We are trying to track down the former students and their descendants to seek permission for publication. The names of the students written in the workbook are:

J Allen
F Balen
Alfred Banks
A.E Bazley
R Beasley
E.G Bracknell
E Brown
G Eldon
Alec Fraser
F Grainger
J Haynes
Charles Hill
F Howard
R Julyan
Edwin Lato
Albert Ling
J Littenstein
F Maddox
Herbert Mansen
J Marriage
J McHenry
Ernst Meager
John Mee
W Pullery
Joseph Restick
G.A Rist
J Sandell
Richard Sandell
J Sayers
J Spinks

If you believe you are descended from any of these people, please e-mail or write to Foteini Aravani, Project Manager for Europeana 1914-1918, British Library, St Pancras, London NW1 2DB.

(With thanks to Laua Berry at Your Family History magazine)


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1 comment:

  1. School admission and discharge registers for the relevant period are held at London Metropolitan Archives. From there you should be able to establish a full name, parental name and address which will assist your search. LCC/EO/DIV03/PRI/AD/001-3. The LMA also holds relevant school Log Books.