It is with sadness we report that our oldest Old Blue Kendrick Rannard, from the Class of 1931, has died at the age of 105-years-old.
Kendrick joined Blue Coat in 1924 and was famous at school for being one of the smallest members of the Blue Coat band. One of five siblings, he was born in Clubmoor, Liverpool, on 1 December, 1915. He joined The Blue Coat Hospital (as it was formerly called) aged seven following an interview with the School’s Trustees.
Always self-confident, he played the cornet in the school band. The band played all over Liverpool and the Wirral (including New Brighton Tower Ballroom), and at big private parties at mansions in Wavertree. He also loved crafts and spent a lot of time in the workshop, where he felt his small stature made him a favourite of the master there.
We were delighted to meet Kendrick and his family in 2016 following his milestone 100th birthday. In 2019 Kendrick kindly accepted our invitation to take part in our Blue Coat For All Oral History project in which he recalled how parents were only allowed to visit Blue Coat for birthdays and Sunday Chapel service. He only got the cane once, for being so talkative. There were trips to the old Abbey Cinema on Church Road, and annual excursions by boat to Llandudno, on which the school band played to passengers.
The Blue Coat also ensured students found employment on leaving, even in the terrible depression of the 1930s. Working for a surgical instrument factory was followed by a hospital job and on the outbreak of war he joined the Royal Signals. Posted around Africa and southern Europe, he could clearly remember seeing the pyramids while in Egypt.
Post-war, Kendrick worked as a gardener at a big house in South Liverpool, where his sisters were also in service. Later on, he worked as a rent collector and in the insurance industry. In retirement, he lived in New Brighton, close to his family, and enjoyed good health to the end of his life.