The pride of the community

After the great Walsall Wood/Ebenezer Church material supplied last week by top reader and contributor David Evans, he kindly sent me a couple of extra photos Friday last. Due to the large amount of stuff going on here on the blog, I’ve only just found time to put them up. Sorry David, but you know how it is sometimes. Sadly, they’re not as large as the previous ones, but the scans are good quality nonetheless.

As usual, I’d like to thank David most profusely for his time and generosity in supplying these images. They’re proving very popular with readers, as is Caz’s opening ceremony programme posted yesterday.

David had this to say:

Hi Bob

These are the two group photos taken around the same time [as the previous ones]… late 1951 or early 1952. I know that some of these scholars emigrated to Canada and Australia and hope that they, or their children, may recognise faces. Of course, there were the GI brides too, who settled with their husbands in the mid 1940’s, and one married a 617 Dam Buster airman and went to live in another part of the world. In the 1920’s some from the church congregation settled in Canada and some of their children flew in the RAF fighter squadrons in the Battle of Britain. The Roll of Honour plaques in Ebenezer and on the Cenotaph at St Johns show the price some men paid in both World Wars. Walsall Wood people have a fine record in many ways!

Thank you for including the material in the articles you have published. I hope that not only Caz but many others have been helped.

best wishes

David Evans

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