Gladys Aylward Visiting Walker Street School - Eastwood - Nottingham - 1963.

Walker Street School - Eastwood - Nottingham

Gladys Aylward is seen here visiting the school on the 10th. October 1963. She is pictured outside the school's main entrance holding Gordon, thought to be a Chinese orphan. Pictured with her on the left is Mr. Coates, headmaster. I can find no further mention of Gordon associated with Gladys Aylward, it would be interesting to know what became of him.

Gladys Aylward in 1963

Gladys Aylward was born in Edmonton, London, in 1902, and her early life was spent in domestic service, working as a maid, but she was later to become famous as a missionary working in China. In 1957, Alan Burgess wrote his book, "The Small Woman", about her life in China, and the book was then made into the film, "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness", which was released in 1958. Sadly, Gladys Aylward died in January 1970, less than 7 years after visiting the school.

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