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Pupils of Beverley Minster Girls School pose outside Admiral Walker Hall, Lairgate, around 1902.
This image depicts pupils celebrating Empire Day. A few of the girls are wearing sashes around their bodies for England, Scotland, Ireland, Singapore and Jamaica, in reference to the British Empire.
The grand Georgian residence in the photograph belonged to Admiral Walker (1836-1925). Making his wealth from trade, he became firmly established as a member of the landed gentry in Beverley, but was also a generous benefactor of the town. Having served in the navy in the Crimean War, successive promotions led to his final rank in 1868 of Rear Admiral.
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