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Clive Farmer | clivefarmer39~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Re Oxtoby listed as staff in the 1920's . This was Francis Edwin Oxtoby who later taught at Stationers Companys School Hornsey London for most of his career . He Served in WW1 in the KOYLI and later the Pay Corps apparently after he was wounded . His old home address was Murray Street Scarborough .
Thu 6-Nov-2014 17:10 - United Kingdom
Kevin Tighe | Familytighe~AT~btimternet~DOT~com
It was a real pleasure to scan through these pages and the school photos in particular. I was a sixth former between76-78. I don't return often to the North but will make a special visit to the school next time I am there.
Sun 21-Sep-2014 10:07 - Cambridgeshire
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
I know that Mike promised a review and update of the Famous Old Boys section but having just looked through it I recommend all of the regular visitors to re-read the contents.There is a considerable amount of additional information available.

The school really did produce some remarkable individuals in all sorts of fields and that is a great credit to the ethos that continued over the years.

Long may it continue.
Tue 19-Aug-2014 19:40 - Ruskington Lincolnshire
Edward Forster | r2edforster~AT~live~DOT~ca
I've been away from Tyneside for 63yrs.& get a pang of nostalgia when hearing any Geordie taak My sister who went to the girls High School has been away from Shields for 73yrs. & when talking about the weather said "the rain is stotting down" This reminded me of when in 1951 I played football in the Montreal league, I mentioned one day that the pitch was aal clarts, this created a blank stare. What are clarts ? I was asked I told them it was claggy mud, another blank stare.
From a hot PEI.
Mon 4-Aug-2014 22:11 - PEI Canada
Eric Moyse 1946 to 1954 | eric~DOT~moyse~AT~sky~DOT~com
I was in South Shields last week and went to the Customs House to see the Fred Grey exhibition. It made a fitting tribute to him and although it concentrated mostly on Fred's interest and expertise in birds there was enough on his other passions, namely Eng Lit and rugby to show the well-rounded man that he was. The exhibition is finished now but if you are interested you can still pick up a lot of stuff from the Gazette website.
Tue 27-May-2014 19:45 - Reading, United Kingdomm
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com

Your work on WW1 names, memories, etc is to be applauded.

Just a thought. The names of the
deceased listed on the two boards that you mention may just provoke family reminiscences among their descendants. Is it possible to publish a list of those names to (perhaps) provoke a response?

I'm astonished at the obstacles (not just financial) being put in the way of genuine historical research such as yours.

Non illegitimi vos desperandum!!

Tue 20-May-2014 18:58 - Ruskington, Lincolnshire

From Mike T:   Thanks, Bruce. It's very frustrating.

I'm told that the admission records are going to be sent off for digitising some time very soon, and should be available online in the future, but I suspect it will be on subscription and may not be for some considerable time.

I've already digitised those archives till in the possession of the school (many of which I still have here at home), and have also transcribed them into a database of nearly 10,000 names! Unfortunately, data protection laws limit what I can make available, so they'll have to remain closed for now.

But the WWI records wouldn't be protected in this way. So I'm planning to put as much as I can online. I've done a lot of research on the High School boys (admission records give me dates of birth and fathers' names, so making it easy to cross-check with military and other records). But there are too many uncertainties (even just with names) with the Westoe boys.

It seems like a good idea to publish the names of those on the Rolls of Honour, or mentioned in other documents. This index (about 280 boys and staff) is almost complete (barring checking Westoe forenames in the archives).

Interestingly, there are several errors on the Rolls of Honour!

I'll see what I can do in the next few days.
Fred Dunmore | dunmorefred~AT~gmail~DOT~com
It is with great sorrow that I have to tell all his old friend and schoolmates that Clouston Chalmers sadly passed away on 28th March. I have just received a message giving me the news from his loving wife Audrey.
I have many happy memories of Clouie particularly when we used to go home together with Arthur Scott who also lived in the Westoe area.
He will be sadly missed by Audrey and his family and all who knew him both in Canada and the U.K.
Mon 12-May-2014 10:02 - South Shields

From Mike T:   Really sorry to hear about Clouston, Fred. Thanks for the news.
Neale Backhouse | nealebackh~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hi Mike
Alex raises an interesting topic, (although I think we have hashed the question out a few times now.) Anyway it's good to test the old grey matter in today's climate of (so it seems)rampaging dementia amongst our generation.
The first thing I recall about this event was lining up outside the dining room in a sort of queue until, I suppose, all was ready inside and then we were allowed to enter and to park ourselves at a military style arrangement of tables(the usual 8ft by 4ft type). After grace, led by the day's duty master, we marched up to the serving counter, one table at a time, where the day's fare was ladled out by Alex's favourite serving lady (and others). Following the main course this routine was repeated for dessert and finally used plates were placed on a separate side table for collection. The staff table was to the right of the entrance door but they sat on forms rather than metal stacking chairs. I remember this because I distinctly recall Ma Goudy swinging her leg up and over the form in an interesting but less than flattering fashion.
On the question of memory in general, I recently read an article about a Russian phenom. named Solomon Shereshevskii who lived in Moscow in the early part of the 20th century and had a memory so perfect that he could recall every minute of his life in graphic detail. On one occasion he was tested by a psychologist who read out lists of random numbers(up to 70) and was amazed when "S" repeated them without error and then repeated them again in reverse order! "S"'s memory capacity was virtually boundless but he became a tragic figure as he was unable to reduce the pile up of images that crowded his mind. He held dozens of jobs until finally earning a living performing memory stunts for paying audiences.
Maybe we're better off if memory lane eventually becomes a little muddy!
Mon 24-Mar-2014 02:32 - Victoria BC Canada
Michael Lawrenson 1946 | lawrenson~AT~hollyburn~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Hi Mike

Just read all about the school dining room and thought I would let Alex know that he has been let down: Iím afraid that on this occasion the collective memory which seems ensure some old boys remember everything hasnít worked. Iím sorry to say I can hardly help at all. I always went home for lunch apart from three or four days when the family was in chaos after my grandmother died Ė she had spent her last few weeks living with us. I was despatched for school meals and can recall being completely lost as everyone else seemed to know each other and the regular routine of the dining hall which, unlike Alex, I never managed to mix up with the national service variety. My own recollections of the latter Ė which I can clearly remember Ė is of a great barn of a building which seemed to cover half of Hampshire.
Sun 23-Mar-2014 23:05 - Scotland
Mike Todd
On the history of the dining hall ...

When the building first opened, the dining hall was at the north-east corner of the main building, on the front corridor. It was also earmarked as a junior library, and I've no idea exactly how this worked out (although the room eventually became part of the staff room).

At some point (not clear when) prefab buildings were constructed adjacent to the tennis courts opposite the main front entrance.

Around 1961 a new dining hall was built just outside the east end of the front corridor (both can be seen in the 1963 aerial photo http://www.boyshighschool.co.uk/photos/aerialphotos/1963-aerial.htm).

Some of the dining hall buildings were demolished around 1964 to make way for the new Art and Music Block, and the dining hall was turned over to the sixth form.

Around 1970 a new dining hall was built adjacent to the Lisle Road entrance, and this was later rebuilt into a much more modern facility. The old dining hall just outside the east end of the front corridor was later demolished and a new library and community building was built (and is still there).

The dining hall is now a self-service "restaurant" and takes up a large high-ceiling area at the heart of the new sixth-form building.

That's as much as I can remember off the top of my head, and I'd be really pleased to learn more specifics.
Sat 22-Mar-2014 21:57

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