THIS week’s From The Archive features a photograph of the Barry Summer School physical training class at the back of Gladstone School around 1914.

The Barry Summer School had some of the brightest and best teachers attend from across South Wales.

In August 1914 a summer school student Edward Thomas Davies BSc., a teacher in Hengoed , was brought before a special Saturday police court accused of spying.

Told to sketch and paint the Barry sunset by the art tutor, Edward had sketched the Fort at Nell’s Point, including the sentries on duty.

This was considered a very serious criminal act in a time of war.

Edward was discharged after he and his tutor Mr Horace Wooller (London) got a severe telling off by the court.

The Summer School was asked not to send any more students over to Barry Island for the duration of the war.

The Barry & District News would like to thank Cllr Shirley Hodges for the photograph and information.

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