Bapaume was adopted by the City of Sheffield in 1920. The school was opened on 9 July 1939 by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield (Alderman W J Hunter JP) as the Alderman Wardley Creche to commemorate his work on behalf of the devastated town of Bapaume in 1920. It was built by the municipality of Bapaume through the generosity of Mr and Mrs George H Lawrence and the citizens of Sheffield.
George Lawrence was a razor manufacturer with a factory in Nursery Street in Sheffield. A now forgotten benefactor he also funded the building of the Longley and hathersage outdoor swimming pools in Sheffield and as a director of Sheffield United, he also paid for the erection of the stand in Bramall Lane.
In 1940 he gave one million Laurel razors to the French troops and 3/4 million francs for the comfort of 1914-1918 French ex-servicemen. He was killed when his factory was destroyed by a bomb in the Sheffield Blitz.
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