Commercial Travellers Schools, Pinner

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Dorothy Wallhead Hammerton.

Dorothy Wallhead Bon (née Hammerton)

Dorothy Wallhead Hammerton was born in Leeds, Yorkshire in 1893. She was the elder daughter of Fred and Sarah Hammerton (née Wallhead) who had been married at Eastville, Lincolnshire in 1890. Fred died in 1902 and Sarah in 1936.

PDF logo. Certificate of Marriage for Fred Hammerton and Sarah Wallhead

Dorothy became a pupil at the Commercial Travellers School, which was a boarding school founded by John Robert Cuffley in 1845 to provide an education for the children of “brethren ‘on the road’ who met untimely death or became unable to earn their livelihood“.  This would indicate that Fred Hammerton’s occupation must have made his daughter eligible to attend the school following his death.

In September 1908 Dorothy was presented with an autograph album to mark the occasion of her fifteenth birthday. Those entries made in 1908 and 1909 all appear to have been the work of either pupils or staff at the school (seemingly often referred to as CTS Pinner).

PDF logo. Autograph Album of Dorothy Wallhead Hammerton

Dorothy was married in 1941 to my uncle, Gerald Bon. After the war, the couple lived in Bath until the death of my aunt in 1974.

Dorothy’s sister (and contributor to the book), Marjorie Wallhead Hammerton, was born in 1895, also in Leeds. She too died in Bath in 1984, having retired there in the mid-1950s after working at a home for the blind in Burnham-on-Sea. Unlike Dorothy, Marjorie (who was always known as Madge) remained single throughout her life.

Marjorie and Dorothy Wallhead Hammerton.

Dorothy Wallhead Hammerton, with her younger sister Marjorie (Madge) standing at the foot of the stairs – circa 1900

Advert for Arthur Holborn, Photographer.

The photographer’s advertisement on the reverse side of the portrait above