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Merger and war           

One of the first pupils on the new Cumberland Street site was Darwin Wilmot, who later, despite notoriously poor diplomatic skills, became a successful headmaster of the school: ‘Of the tact which smoothes the way for schoolmasters who have to deal with the fond parents of day boys he displayed incredibly little.’ His successor, Francis Evans, oversaw a long wished-for merger of the Grammar and Modern Schools and a corresponding mushrooming of buildings and playing fields. Within two years, Europe was in the grip of the First World War. Many old boys and masters from the school joined up and over 70 died, including Capt T C Gibbs (left) who taught languages. They are recorded on the school’s memorial tablet.

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