Gresham's School in Wartime

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The Marriott brothers - researched by Isaac, Will & Henry

Stanley Marriott, the middle of three brothers who attended the School as dayboys, died on 21 October 1916(see profile on Roll of Honour)  The family of seven children were brought up at Brinton Grange, Norfolk, by their civil engineer father, William, and mother Gertrude.  William senior served with the Midland & Great Northern Railway for forty years and is remembered as an important figure for helping bring vital rail links to Norfolk. One of the volunteers at the North Norfolk Railway's Marriott Museum, Chris James, is researching his biography.

Stanley’s older brother, William Aubrey Layard, born in 1886, attended the School in 1897-98, before the move to the present site, and before the start of The Gresham Magazine in 1900. After qualifying as a doctor at Glasgow University in 1908, William went on to enjoy a successful career in medicine, including an appointment as Medical Officer at the London Homeopathy Hospital, and a practice in Norwich.  He is also remembered for his association with the Baptist Church in Norwich and for helping to found the Red Cross Society in Norfolk. He died in 1967, and was survived by his wife Irma, who was also a doctor.  

Francis Keene Marriott was born in 1892 and attended Bracondale School in Norwich before coming to Gresham's in September 1906.  He did well here, becoming a School Prefect, playing in teams for cricket and hockey, and returning as an OG to play in matches.  He was a regular subscriber to the Chapel Fund and donated to the Howson Memorial Library.  In 1915 he qualified as a doctor at the London Hospital, but soon obtained a commission as Lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps.  Lieutenant Marriott was awarded the MC in 1916 for "conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty".  After leaving the Army he established a rural practice in Yoxford, Suffolk, where he became a well-known local figure, holding office on the Parish & District Councils and the British Legion.  He served as a Major in WWII in the Home Guard and taught first-aid in the Yoxford area.  Francis took an active part in the MBA and worked at the Patrick Stead Hospital in Halesworth, but loved spending time in his home and garden with his wife and two daughters enjoying the delights of country living.  He died after an illness of several months, aged 55, on 30 August 1949. The photograph shows the Marriott family enjoying a chilly picnic on Cromer beach.