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Our avid volunteers, Christine Irvine and Frank Lockley (presumably no relation!), have done some further research into the Mr Lockley mentioned in the logbook of Brickkiln Street School.

Frank Lockley's teachers registration certificate

Frank Lockley’s teachers registration certificate

The only Mr Lockley in Wolverhampton listed as a teacher in the 1911 census is a Frank William Lockley, who was 29 and was listed as an Assistant Teacher in Elementary School, living at 34 St Mark’s Road. He was born in Kidderminster and had been married for 3 years to Margaret Lockley, with one daughter called Margaret Fanny, who was aged 1. His wife, Margaret, had been born in Wigton in Cumberland, which is where the couple were married. Lockley’s teacher’s registration certificate on Find my Past confirms that he worked at Brickkiln Street School 1910 – 1921, as well as at two other Wolverhampton schools: St Mark’s C. E. School from 1902 – 1910, and St Peter’s Collegiate School 1921 – 1924.

Frank Lockley's disability claim

Frank Lockley’s disability claim

Lockley’s army record on Ancestry details that he was posted to the Army reserve on 12 December 1915, but was not mobilised until 24 June 1918 and was posted the day after to the 3rd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment. This ties in with the dates given in the school log book. He was discharged on 23 January 1919. The war service clearly did not agree with him, however, as amongst his papers there is also a disability claim, stating that he was suffering from rheumatism as a result of “Rigorous training after leading a sedentary life together with exposure to much damp weather during training.”