Old Girls ‘In Memoriam’

Dr Ruth Kennedy 1956 – 2017 In Memoriam

DOB 23.12.56 – Died 24.4.2017. Pupil at MTGS 1968-75 Ruth was one of the girls who came to school on the bus from Ormskirk. She was and remained great friends with Sara and Alison Beazley who travelled on the bus too. They tell me that Ruth was a very popular girl and I am not surprised. […]

Sheila Clayton MTGS 1945 – 1952 In Memoriam

Sheila was born in Scarborough with extended family living near her. Her father, who had been in the Merchant Navy, gained employment with a firm who became part of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company. The family moved to Crosby, and Sheila became a pupil at Merchant Taylors’ School in 1945. The School had a […]

Nora Margaret Orritt (nee Freeman) in Memoriam

Died peacefully, aged 91 – 14th March 2017 Born in December 1925 in Myers Road, Crosby – Nora was the youngest of seven siblings, five of whom attended Merchant Taylors’ Schools. Her father, Commander CP Freeman attended Merchant Taylors’ Schools as a boy, often telling mother of the time his class marched from the Old […]

Christine Parr (1932-2015), In Memoriam

An obituary is a difficult task; writing one for a much admired colleague and later much loved friend, is a mountain to climb. Chris (née Marsden) graduated from Girton College Cambridge in 1954 with a double first in Natural Sciences. She went on to St Thomas’ Hospital Biochemistry Dept. She returned to the North in […]

Niccola (Niccy) Downey 1962-71 In Memoriam

27/3/53 to 20/8/2015 Niccola   ( I’m sure you ALL know it’s spelt with  TWO  C’s)  Downey  was born Niccola Elizabeth Yvonne Greaves,  to doting parents, Bruce and Joyce on 27 March 1953, three years and a day after her sister Lyn. At Merchant Taylor’s School, Niccy was pensive and studious although she would deny this.   […]

Beti Lloyd-Jones – Old Girl (1947-1951)

Beti joined MTGS in January 1947 into Lower IV from Streatham House and she left at Easter 1951 in Lower VI to go into a welfare and management post at Littlewoods. However her main passion in life was singing, and she was for many years, the longest-serving member of the famous D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. In later years she […]

Yvonne Pugh nee Forshaw – Old Girl (1945-1952)

Yvonne Pugh  née Forshaw MTGS 1945-52     Died 8th June 2014 Obituary On the 29th August 1933, the stork delivered a bonny bouncing baby to the Crosby home of Phyllis and Charles Forshaw.  She was their third child and a sister to Joyce and Adrian and because of her mother’s interest in French she was baptised Yvonne Desiree. […]

Ruth Mary (Molly) Badcock – Old Girl (1931-1940)

Ruth Mary Badcock, known as Molly, left Merchant Taylors’ Girls School in 1940 and went on to study Zoology at Liverpool University, gaining a First Class Degree. Molly then did Postgraduate research at Liverpool which led to her M.Sc. She then worked as an assistant lecturer at Glasgow University. In October 1951 Molly secured an […]

Rachel Ashton – Old Girl (1988-1995)

Rachel Ashton – Old Girl (1988-1995) I can remember now the feeling of trepidation, age 11, walking into MTGS on my first morning at ‘The Big School’, wondering who I would meet and if I’d make friends. I needn’t have worried, the first person I met was Rachel, who greeted me with a smile, introduced herself […]