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Colonel Ernest Achey Loftus (1884–1987), CBE

Photo credit: Valence House Museum

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Colonel Ernest Achey Loftus, CBE, was born in Hull. After serving in the First World War, he was appointed as Headmaster of the newly built Barking Abbey Grammar School in Barking, Essex, in 1922. He retired as Headmaster in 1949 but continued his teaching career, emigrating to Africa in 1953 to work as an education officer. Loftus finally retired in 1975 at the age of 91. Lofus appeared in 'The Guinness Book of Records' twice, as 'Most Durable Teacher' and for keeping the 'The Longest Diary'.

Valence House Museum


  • Date

    early 20th C

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    79 x 65 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    unknown acquisition method


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