A History of YALDING, Kent, England
During his headmastership, William Galpin had occasionally to leave the school in
the hands of his pupil teachers because of ill health. His condition gradually deteriorated,
till he was compelled to ask for an extensive leave of absence of at least eighteen
months. William chose to take a trip to Canada, so it was decided to give him a presentation,
and the response portrayed the warm appreciation of a village towards a man who had
made himself one of them. He had descended upon this typically close-
Although he intended to return when he had regained his health, he remained in Canada, from where he wrote telling of his experiences in the gold rush area of Lake Bennett, British Columbia.
“The light is sufficient to read by, although it is within half-
In a further letter dated February 1899 from Dawson City, 250 miles from the Arctic Circle, William confesses to being treasurer of the Volunteer Fire Brigade, and Secretary /Treasurer of the. Dawson Club which he helped launch after only five months in the town. Obviously a personality ordained to serve others wherever he found himself.
On leaving England, William had left behind a lady friend who was an infant teacher at Yalding when he had first arrived to teach at the boy’s school.
This Rhoda Maurice kept in touch with William and moved out to join him, and at some time they were married as the studio photograph on the right illustrates.
William carried on teaching whilst in the Yukon, and was still enjoying that occupation
when he died of cancer at the age of 76 on 13th December 1925. At his last farewell,
the church of St Paul’s, Dawson, was filled with friends and pupils, and school children
sang at his grave-
Details of William’s biography has been recorded by this website author, in a booklet ‘Yalding to the Yukon’.
This publication details his early upbringing in which he went through pupil-