Thorold Coade

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Thorold Francis Coade
Born(1896-07-03)3 July 1896
Glebe House, Syndenham Terrace, Brighton Road, Rathgar, Dublin, Ireland
Died1 February 1963(1963-02-01) (aged 66)
East Knoyle, England
Education Glebe House School
Harrow School
Royal Military College, Sandhurst
University of Oxford
Years active1922–1959
Employer(s) British Army
Harrow School
Bryanston School
Known forHeadmaster of Bryanston School (1932–1959)
Notable workThe Burning Bow
(Allen & Unwin, 1966)
SpouseKathleen Eleanor (1922)
  • Rev. Charles Edward Coade (methodist minister) (father)
  • Jessie Wilhelme Coade (née Spencer) (mother)

Thorold Francis Coade (3 July 1896 – 1 February 1963) [1] [2] was a British schoolmaster. [3] [4] [5]


Thorold Coade was born in Dublin, the son of C. E. Coade, a methodist minister, and educated at Glebe House School in Hunstanton, Harrow School (1910–15), and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. By 1916, he was serving in France with the Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire). Wounded at the Battle of the Somme, he served in East Anglia for the rest of the First World War. [2]

Coade took a degree in English at Oxford University with distinction in 1921 and the next year returned to Harrow School as a junior master. [2]

In 1932, Coade became headmaster of Bryanston School, Dorset, succeeding J. G. Jeffreys, and remained in post until 1959. [3] [6] He believed in self-discipline and developed this at the school. [3] He also developed "pioneering" at the school, to augment team sports. This consisted of community-related activities, such as forestry in the extensive grounds of the school. An open-air Greek-style theatre was built by "pioneers" in the grounds of the school during Coade's time as headmaster during the early 1950s. [7] Coade was keen on drama, and the school's theatre, opened in 1966, is named the Coade Hall in his memory.

At the time of his death in 1963, Coade was living at East Knoyle, near Salisbury in Wiltshire. [8]

Selected publications

Coade produced a number of books: [9]

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  1. Wright, A. R. Donald (23 September 2004). "Coade, Thorold Francis (1896–1963)" . Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/32462 . Retrieved 14 October 2023.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. 1 2 3 Murphy, William (October 2009). "Coade, Thorold Francis". Dictionary of Irish Biography . Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. doi:10.3318/dib.001772.v1 . Retrieved 14 October 2023.
  3. 1 2 3 "About Bryanston — History". UK: Bryanston School.
  4. Morgan, M. C. (1978). "Coade, Chapter 3". Bryanston 1928–1978. Bryanston School. pp. 34–42.
  5. Holdsworth, Angela, ed. (2005). Bryanston Reflections: Et nova et vetera'. London: Third Millennium Publishing. ISBN   1-903942-38-1.
  6. "The Coade Years: Reunion, 20 June 2009". Bryanston: The Yearbook. Vol. 72. 2008–2009. pp. 76–81.
  7. "Bryanston's Greek theatre becomes perfect venue for retelling of Greek myths". UK: Bryanston School. 20 June 2017. Retrieved 14 October 2023.
  8. "COADE Thorold Francis of Old Bell Cottage East Knoyle Salisbury died 1 February 1963... £6502 6s", Wills and Administrations (England and Wales) 1963, p. 401, 1964
  9. "Coade T F". Abe Books . Retrieved 14 October 2023.
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