Albert Rinder

 

 

Albert Rinder died on 30th August 2009 aged 91 years.  He was President of the Greater Elland Historical Society for about 25 years and was made a Life Member in recognition of his contribution and long commitment to the Society. 

He was born in Carlton to parents who were very poor. We hear that as a baby he was very weak and not expected to live but, having already lost more than one baby, his father said, “We’re keeping this one, Mary”, and promptly gave him a slug of Brandy! He was the eldest of three brothers (so, maybe, the brandy worked for them as well). His granddad was a coalminer, one of the then commonest work opportunities of the area. 

He took and passed the entrance exam for Wakefield Grammar School and afterwards went to York Teacher Training College. He had completed only his first year when war broke out. He was called up and served in India and Belgium but while he was in India, he contracted malaria. He was in a coma for a long time during which he was faithfully nursed by his batman and restored to health.

After the war, Albert became a probationary teacher at a training school in Wakefield. He was very popular, so much so that when it was his 60th wedding anniversary and there was an article in The Courier and in The Brighouse Echo about it, two of his old students went to visit him and to share old memories. 

He was a strong believer that education should be for all. He gained his own degree in History which was very much his life. He will be well remembered for his informative and well-documented book on Elland which is a constant source of reference for many. 

After having been Deputy Headmaster at Askern near Doncaster, he took up the Headship of the Elland Church of England Primary School. He lived at the Rectory, then in old Westgate, for some six months. After leaving the Elland School, he became Head at Queensbury and there he remained until he retired. 

He was married to Lorna for 66 years and both were strong, faithful and regular attenders at St Mary the Virgin Church in Elland. 

He was a man of many interests – a member of the Elland branch of the Royal British Legion and of Elland Cricket, Athletic & Bowling club. He had played cricket for Carlton Cricket club and also for Elland. He was a great supporter of Leeds United all his life and had a deep affinity with and knowledge of all his sporting and many other activities.

 

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