John Gilroy (b.1898; d.1985)

Born on May 30 1898 in Whitley Bay, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, one of eight children. He attended Sandyford School, followed in 1909, by Heaton Park Road Upper School. From a young age, he decided that he wished to emulate his father, a marine landscape painter and technical draftsman. Learning his skill by copying cartoons from Punch, by the age of fifteen he was contributing caricatures of famous celebrities to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle. Gilroy won a scholarship…