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    Aha, found it!! From The Times (Thursday, Apr 17, 1958):

    "SESSIONS: On April 13, 1958, suddenly in Tasmania. Reginald Victor, third son of the late Herbert and Rabie Sessions, for 20 years Director of Music at Clayesmore School of Dorset."

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    Is there an obituary mentioned Amrit?

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    None that I can find - just the death notice

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    Don't you have anything better to do with your time Amrit? Seriously, I started down that route some time ago, but found so many 'Sessions' hits referring to the law that I gave up. Mind you, in mitigation I didn't know which year I was looking for at the time.

    Just to update on my earlier mesages, the Claymore School archivist is copying a photograph of Sessions for me (not the one in the link you gave Amrit), and I've also written to Radley College, which he attended between 1909 and 1912.

    I've not yet found where he was living in Tasmania. However, knowing his daughter gave her occupation as 'artist' I've asked the Tasmanian Art Gallery and Museum if it has any knowledge of the lady.

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    If Sessions's daughter was an artist she certainly never made her living from it; she's unknown to the Tasmanian art community. Depending on you now Norman.

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    Hello Brian,

    Just to confirm my Australian cousins on the trail but no report from her yet. The news of Tasmania does explain the 'disappearance' of father and daughter in Melbourne as that appears to have been the ferry port for ships to Devonport, Tasmania. What a sad ending though, a English school master ending his life the other side of the world so shortly after his many years of service, certainly not like 'Mr Chipping'. I have now realised it was not a book Amrit was kindly quoting but an 'old boys' school magazine. I have now read all the available extracts. This case does intrigue me Brian. I have this thought of a 'Sessions' diary lying around somewhere on top of some books in Tasmania explaining the day-to-day wind speed experiments of long ago. I just couldn't beleive the way a path of exploding shells were used. Truly amazing. I Will next communicate on hearing from cousin Ducie.

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    I've been pondering Shifty's "missing" years between 1919 and 1937. Not a lot except a tantalising snippet:

    "John Appleby had come to Clayesmore from King's College, Cambridge. ... Humphrey made friends with two further Cambridge men, David Spinney, a naval historian and Reginald Sessions, who had also been to the Royal College of Music, and was Claysmore's Director of Music, ..."
    (page 62)

    That would be (roughly) 1919/20 to 1922/23 (Cambridge) and then a couple of years (?) at RCM. So that leaves the period of about 1925 to 1937.

    found via google books. The book is:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Collected-Poems-Humphrey-Moore-Memoir/dp/071882959X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1250623715&sr=1-1

    Probably not a book to buy but if anyone should happen to find a copy in their local library?!

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    Wasn't far off! :-D

    BA conferred - Clare (College) 6th May 1922 R V Sessions

    The Times - Monday, May 08, 1922; pg. 13; Issue 43025

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    Some more information has come to light - Clayesmore School has provided a detailed trace of his life as follows:

    b. 1895
    1909-1912. Radley College
    1914-1915 and 1921-22 Clare College Cambridge
    BA Cantab (Ord)
    1913-1914. The Grange, St Helens, Sussex.
    1924-1924. Glebe House Hunstanton
    1924-28. Cothill, near Abingdon, Berks
    1928-1934. The old Hall Wellington
    1935-6. St Michael's Uckfield, Sussex
    Jan 1936 - July 1957. Clayesmore

    Nothing about a marriage or daughter, but there was a third brother - Lionel Frank Sessions, born 1893, believed to have died between 1971 and 1975.

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    http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=REG&db=rettheadley&id=I1925

    Herbert SESSIONS (Eliza SHIPLEY3, John SHIPLEY2, Thomas SHIPLEY1) was born 11 JAN 1855 in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England, and died AFT 1929. He married Rebecca WHITE 29 AUG 1889.

    Children of Herbert SESSIONS and Rebecca WHITE are:
    + 130 i. Herbert Colin Blair SESSIONS.
    + 131 ii. Lionel Frank SESSIONS.
    132 iii. Reginald Victor SESSIONS.
    133 iv. Donald Humfrey SESSIONS.
    134 v. Rabie Muriel SESSIONS.
    135 vi. Kathleen Mirabel SESSIONS.

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