Born as Woodman Loris Blofeld in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1902, he was educated in England at the Whitgift School, Croydon, where he was known as Blofield (possibly due to anti-German hysteria during WWI, which was directed at any foreign-sounding name). At school concerts Loris played the violin and also, in December 1916, sang the song Break o'Day which he recorded. He won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London and became Music Master successively at Radley College (1927); Stowe School (1930); The High School, Bedford (1933). He also played the violin professionally. Loris died in 1973.
The Guardsman Records label was launched in 1914 as a successor to Invicta and was pressed by Crystalate, sometimes using Invicta masters; the label was discontinued in 1928. BJP
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