“That’s Shell … that was!”*

In the Head Governess report of June 1888, we find an entry for a pupil about to leave the School.

“Lilian has been a good girl and taken a good conduct prize; she is a prefect, has done fairly well in her education and passed all her College of Preceptors examinations.”

The surname was not easy to read but was eventually deciphered as Shrapnel. As a noun, this word relates to artillery and, it turns out, was named for its inventor, Henry Shrapnel. This discovery led to research into the Shrapnel name and Lilian’s place in it. Continue reading