Galer – School House, Hadlow Place

Elias Galer (aged 25) (Bn 29 April 1865 Girton, Cambridgeshire D1950 22 Hamlet Road, aged 84), the School Master at St Paul’s School in Hadlow Place, is listed at 9 Hadlow Place.

As the School Master of St Paul’s , he was very highly thought of throughout his career.  In April 1916, he was recognised with a Presentation for 25 years’ service.

“After the conclusion of 25 years’ service at St Paul’s School, Hadlow Place, Anerley, where he is headmaster, Mr E Galer was first presented on Friday by the Rev S.M. Warner, a vicar of St Paul’s, with £25, subscribed by members of the St Paul’s congregation, the Penge Education Committee and the school managers.  The Rev Warner spoke very highly of Mr Galer’s work in the school and in the parish and Dr Turner also spoke to the children of having such a good master as Mr Galer. – Mr Rodwell, assistant master, then presented Mr Galer with a spirit kettle and a set of hair brushes on behalf of the scholars and the staff.  Mr W.T. Stuart, headmaster of Oakfield-road, expressed the good will of every teacher in the district – Mr Galer replied and alluded to the success scholar from the school had made in the commercial world”.

Elias married Sarah Horrell (Bn 1866 Devon D January 1939 aged 73) in July 1891, in Bovey Tracey, Devon.

By 1901, they were living at 5 Waldegrave Road, with sons Horrell Elias, aged 7 (Bn 14 December 1893 D1959 Lusaka, Zambia), and Douglas John, aged 1 (Bn 25 June 1899 D 1957 aged 58).  They also had a Boarder, Maud FM Ruffell, aged 20, a School Teacher.

In 1911 (8 rooms), aged 45, he was still living at 5 Waldegrave Road with his wife Sarah, sons Horrell Elias and Douglas John.

In September 1939, a Widower, Elias was living at 22 Hamlet Road, Headmaster (Retired).

22 Hamlet Road (It states Built 1853) [© Julia Ray Heard]

Their son, Horrell Elias Galer joined the Royal Field Artillery, Royal Flying Corps (2nd Lieutenant) during WWI.  In 1917, as part of 19 Squadron, he was shot down and taken prisoner in his SPADVII (B6780), the first of a series of highly successful biplane fighter aircraft.

Horrell married Ruby May Oelrichs (1894-1977) in 1922.  She had been living at 27 Lullington Road.  By 1925, they were living at 6A Hawke Road.  In September 1949 (both aged 55), they boarded the Athlone Castle, Union-Castle Line, to Cape Town, South Africa.  He was a Civil Servant, a high grade staff clerk at the Ministry of Labour.  He died in Lusaka, Zambia in 1959.

Elias and Sarah’s other son, Douglas John Galer, married Dorothy Lunn (1895-1962) in 1935.  Since childhood, he had been a member of the St Paul’s Church Choir, and had a reputation as a baritone.  In 1923, he was also in the choir at Christ Church, Gipsy Hill.  He also took part in many concerts in the UK, including at Kenilworth Hall, Penge (1925) and at the Crystal Palace (eg 1921 and 1930).  By 1939, they had moved to Bexley.  He had been a Local Government Officer for the London County Council.  He died in 1957, aged 58.

In the Norwood News on Friday, 11 April 1930, it was reported:


Enthusiastic Performance at Crystal Palace

Mr AW Ketelbey, the composer of ‘In a Monastery Garden’ conducted two of his own compositions at the last concert of the season of the Penge and District Choral and Orchestral Society, held at the Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Two of the five principals, Mr Leslie Govier and Mr WW Fletcher, were members of the society, the other three being Miss Marjorie Lee, Miss Ethel Williams and Mr Douglas Galer.  These were ably supported by a large choir and orchestra.

The audience received the performance enthusiastically and both Miss Lee and Mr Galer were warmly encored.

During WW1, Douglas joined the Royal Navy, height 5’5”.  His occupation then had been a Bank Clerk.