Archibald George Quarterman was registered as joining the School on 11th September 1906. He was 13 years old at the time (and his date of birth was 15th February 1893). His father’s initials were ‘W.V’ and the Quarterman family lived at 63 Kensington Gardens, Ilford. His father was a clerk. Prior to joining Ilford County High School, Archibald had attended Highlands School. His family left the Ilford area in 1908 and this was a prompt for Archibald to take an exam to join the navy. He passed and became a ‘Boy Artificer.’
The Old Boys notes for Xmas 1912 included;
‘Mr A Quarterman, who entered the Navy from this school as an engineer artificer apprentice, has been raised to commission rank. He is now on HMS St. Vincent, a battleship of the 1st Battle Squadron- expected to go to Turkey.’
The Xmas 1915 edition of the school magazine included the following request, ‘Definite information is sought concerning A. Quarterman. Reports state that he is an Engineer Lieutenant on HMS “St. Vincent.” His regiment is recorded in the Christmas 1914 Chronicles magazine as merely, ‘Navy.’
Archibald George Quarterman is listed in the Royal Navy Roll of Honour as an Engine Room Artificer 4th Class who died on the Black Prince on 31st May 1916, during the Battle of Jutland. He was aged 23.
Research by Andrew Emeny, History Teacher at ICHS
ICHS school records and magazines
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Ilford County High School started life as the Park Higher Grade School in 1901 in Balfour Road, Ilford. It was renamed Ilford County High School (or initially County High School, Ilford) in the years after the school’s management was transferred from Ilford School Board to Essex Education Committee in 1904.