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Parravicino and Woodbine Forde. Alfred Price taught shorthand at the turn of the century but his services were terminated when that subject, for financial reasons, had to be undertaken by the regular staff. Cyril Dear, who was first appointed in July 1890, left eventually in 1906 with his salary still stagnant at £65 per year. A. E. Deane in the following year. By 1908, Deane had left. C. Howard, a Codrington College graduate, succeeded Foderingham during the first term, 1901-02, 33 COMBERMERE SCHOOL AND THE BARBADIAN SOCIETY but departed in 1908.
B. B. Price, the House of Assembly's official reporter, taught shorthand on a part-time basis. 21 Thus, within six years of his appointment, Burton had seen the student body almost double itself. These statistics are more meaningful when placed alongside those of other secondary schools in Barbados. The Alexandra, Alleyne, Coleridge, Parry and Victoria schools then boasted average attendances of forty one, ten, twenty, twenty, and six respectively. 23 Despite Combermere's spectacular expansion in Burton's early years, the Barbadian government could do little to accommodate the increasing numbers.
Burton himself was so proud of the school's contribution to the imperial war effort that he initiated a fund-raising campaign in 1922 to erect a plaque as a memorial to Old Combermerians killed during the war. The fund eventually stalled at $186 after two years, but an impressive War Memorial ceremony was held at the school on 4 June 1924 when a tablet was unveiled and the fourteen martyrs commemorated. Sixty-eight known Old Boys had participated in the Great War, twenty-one had been wounded or gassed, ten had died in action, and four had died from wounds.
Combermere School And The Barbadian Society by Keith A P Sandiford