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There is an impressive number in the Slaugham church choir even without any female members. It was not until about the 1940s that such choirs welcomed members of both genders.
Standing, extreme left is Johnny Gratwicke, third from left Bill Robinson, and standing on the extreme right is Frank Jeffery.
Of the two church wardens holding staffs standing in the centre, Col. John Warren stands on the left.
Seated in the centre is the Rev. Arthur Hamilton Boyd, vicar of the parish 1901-29.
The picture was taken at the rear of the Rectory next to Slaugham church, home to the Rev. Boyd.
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Picture added on 10 January 2013 at 20:31
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I just found the same photo in some of my own photos earlier and didn't realise until now it was here.
Henry William Elliott, with his white beard, (picture #137) is sitting to the right of the Rev. Boyd.
The boy sitting next to him looks quite a lot like my grandfather or one of his brothers, Henry's grandsons, but if this is definitely 1925 it couldn't be them since they would have been around 16 and 17, or the youngest brother who looked less like them who would have been 14. The boy looks around 10?
Added by Roxanne Hall on 25 January 2015
I have looked again at the postcard and the only text is in my father’s hand on the reverse, saying “Slaugham Choir 1920s”.
I estimated the date at 1925 by reference to the dates of birth of Frederick “John” Gratwicke (1904), and Herbert “Frank” Jeffrey (1895). I felt that John could not be younger than 21-years-old, and Frank younger than 30-years-old.
I am wondering if you have under-estimated the age of the boy sitting next to Mr Elliott. Both he and the boy four places to the left, are not sitting on chairs but on brick plinths at the sides of the steps. The plinths are several inches lower than the chairs, and if the boy was standing upright I think he would look a few years older than 10. What do you think?
Perhaps we shall never know the answer. To assist in the identification I have added a Large Version.

Added by Barry Ray on 26 January 2015
My father has this same photograph in his album.
The young boy sitting next to Henry Elliott is my uncle, James P Brown.
Also, the young man sitting in the front row far right (not in choir robes) is his brother, Leslie "Dick" Brown.
Added by Linda Knight (née Brown) on 28 May 2017
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