Thomas Mirrington was born in Colchester in 1877. He trained to be a teacher at St John’s Training College, Battersea and worked at North Primary School from 1898 to 1924. In 1911 he lived on Constantine Road with his wife Minnie and their 7 year old son Harold. John Harper records that Mr Mirrington joined the Royal Garrison Artillery in May 1915 at Harwich and ceased work for the duration of the war, returning on 13 January 1919.
In 1922, when Mr Mirrington had returned to work, he was knocked off his bike in a traffic accident which also badly injured a boy from the school. His head and arm were injured but he was sent home from hospital the same day.
Mr Mirrington left North Primary School in 1924 to become the headteacher at Stanway All Saints School where he stayed until 1930 and then moved to Lexden Primary School. He died in 1959 aged 82.