|The Rushden Echo Friday 11 April 1919, transcribed by Nicky Bates
Portrait Unveiled at Rushden - A Victim of the War - Park Road Baptist Sunday School
At the close of the morning session of the Park-road Baptist Sunday School on Sunday last a special service was arranged for the unveiling of a life-like portrait of Mr George A Philby, one of its ablest and most devoted leaders, who laid down his life at the Front, for all mankind. Mr Philby was a leader of this department for some few years, and a devoted teacher in the senior school for many years. On being called to the Colours, Mr Philby joined the Howe Battalion, Royal Naval Division, and eventually proceeded to the battle front. The whole staff of the school regrets the loss of his personal companionship and helpful service, indeed every school loses a sincere friend. Several of Mr Philby's late workmates were in the audience, and all bore testimony to his genuine life and character. Mr Thos. W Alderman, a fellow workman, and also present leader of the school, spoke a few words of appreciation of Mr Philby's service and devotion to the school, teachers and scholars, and said he believed his late friend lived his gospel in the factory as elsewhere.
Mr F Cowley, superintendent of the Junior School, also spoke feelingly of Mr Philby's loss to them, and said he believed his spirit was even with them now. Mr Cowley admonished the children to follow Mr Philby's worthy steps, and to serve - as he served - his day and generation.
The Rev. R C Law regretted he did not know more of such an estimable life as that of their late friend. From what he could gather from all his friends, Mr Philby was thoroughly loyal, devoted, and sincere in all he undertook.
Mr Law then unveiled the portrait which is to hang in the school, the scene of his past devoted work, and will, it is hoped, prove to be a life-like reminder of "a true servant of God."
Some favourite and appropriate hymns were sung, and Mr Herbert Lack (Presdient of the district Sunday School Union) pronounced the Benediction.
Mr S C Brightwell (secretary) had carried and ably all necessary arrangements.