I HAVE just begun to write the history of Sparsholt College that will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2024.

The college’s principal between 1933 and 1946 was Ronald Harris Smith.

He and his wife, Ada, moved to the IW in 1954 to take over the tenancy of Mottistone Manor Farm from where they retired in 1977 and moved to a house in the Middleton part of Freshwater.

To complete the story of Ronald and Ada’s life I’m trying to discover the dates when they died.

It is believed that this was in the early part of this century but it might have been in the late 1990s.

I would be very grateful for any information your readers may have.

My email address is jandplander@btinternet.com.

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