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Mr. Clemitson (Principal 1948 - 72)

Mr. Arthur L. Clemitson

Trained Stranmillis Training College 1928 - 1930. Subsequently gained B.A. degree at Trinity College, Dublin, and Higher Diploma in Education at Queen's University Belfast. Appointed Linfield Senior School 1932 later appointed Vice Principal of Boys' Model, Belfast 1946 (August). Appointed Principal Elmgrove Primary August 1948.
During the wat years 1939 - 1945 was seconded to the Welfare Branch of the Civil Defence Authority for the setting up of Rest Centres and the billeting of evacuated children from bomb damaged homes.
While Principal of elmgrove Primary School, the school was awarded the Carlisle and Blake award for all round proficiency, an award greatly sought after and prized by those few schools to which it was granted.

I received an email from Mr. Clemitson's daughter who was able to fill in some of Mr Clemitson's details.
He retired from January 1972. The photograph shown was taken at my wedding in August 1969. He subsequently died on 4th October 1979,aged 69, from a heart attack. He was completely committed to furthering the progress of Elmgrove, but retired a few years early to enable his successor Jim Hunter to take over. I hope that this information is helpful to you.