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Eric Moyse | eric~DOT~moyse~AT~sky~DOT~com
Thanks, Mike for your hard work in assembling the information about former pupils who died in the two World Wars. Of particular interest to me was the reference to my mother’s brother, John Abrahamson, whom I remember as being the first name on the “Pro Patria Mori” roll of honour in the main corridor at school. Your account contained much information new to me, which may also be of interest to my cousins Graham Abrahamson, Brian Burrough and Ken Holman who attended the school at the same time as me.
Sun 29-Nov-2015 12:17 - Reading, Berkshire

From Mike T:   Thanks, Eric. I'm concentrating on getting more form photos up online at the moment, but I'll be getting back to the mini-biographies some time in the new year.
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com

I was fascinated to read about the "other school" and to see the overlap between the development of the SS Boys High School and an independent "Grammar" School.

I always thought that the Victorian establishment was very protective of the rights to open and run educational establishments but perhaps it was easier than we believed.

My great grandfather became the Master (or Beadle) of the Darlington Workhouse in the 1870's with, apparently, limited experience but a lot of contacts. What a different world!!
Fri 23-Oct-2015 19:07 - Ruskington Lincolnshire

From Mike T:   You'd be surprised, Bruce. By around 1860 SS had a number of private, church, company and charity schools (some were established back in the 18th century). Some were founded as a result of a bequest, others as private businesses. However, quite a few lasted only as long as their founders.
Ed. Forster | r2edforster~AT~live~DOT~ca
Pleased to see that the guest book is still alive. Tempest fugit!! I'll be 90 in 4mths.My sister who was at the girls High school is now 92 & going strong.
Wed 9-Sep-2015 22:40 - PEI Canada
Mike Todd
As you may have seen on the front page, I'm in the process of preparing a section on the site which will include a searchable index of all boy at the school from 1885 to 1975. It will include links to additional information (including school photos), but with information covered by privacy laws redacted.

As part of this, I'm also changing the "Famous Old Boys" section to "Notable Old Boys", and their entries in the index will be flagged, with mini-biographies as far as I can research and write them.

I know I've been a bit fussy about who to include in the Famous Old Boys list (mainly due to limitations of space), but the new approach should allow many more Old Boys to be honoured.

So I'm now open to more suggestions, and if you know of any Old Boy who achieved great, or even just good, things, please let me know via the CONTACT ME link at the bottom of the page.

I'm hoping that the new database will go online in the next month or so (it should have gone online this week, but a significant problem that prevented it working on iPads has meant a software re-write).

Fri 4-Sep-2015 22:21
Eric Moyse | eric~DOT~moyse~AT~sky~DOT~com
Thanks Jim.
Could this Pam Pollard possibly be Gordon Pollard who was at school with me until 1955? If so his is one of the signatures on a tankard that I still have that the outgoing sixthformers bought for each other. The other names are Ian Atkinson, Tom Cooper, John Wesencraft,the late Dave Callund, Derek Cuthbert, Ken Grieves
and Malcolm Legg. Where are they now?
Thu 20-Aug-2015 10:19 - reading Berkshire

From Mike T:   Eric - yes, it would be the same Gordon Pollard (although school records show he left in September 1953 to go to Durham Uni)
Jim Adams | j1~DOT~adams~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Hi Guys - I was happy to attend under Fat Bill in 1961 - 68 we had a great time. Pam Pollard was my best teacher he knew his French!
Remember the days in the old school yard? Sounds a bit like at was there.
Wed 19-Aug-2015 21:49 - Durham
George Connett | georgejamesconnett~AT~googlemail~DOT~com
Hi Mike, interesting article about the Grammar School, I often go for a walk around that area, so next time I do Iwill report back on just what 1 Romilly Street looks like now, once again many thanks for the information.
Wed 19-Aug-2015 08:55 - Central Gdns SouthShields
Richard Wood | rw02~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Hi. I was at the school 1968 to 1974. I have a couple of old school photos from the earlier years. If interested drop me an email. I still get up that way occasionally.
Mon 1-Jun-2015 11:09 - Nottingham
John Ward | worjackienumber9~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Does anyone remember Stephen Cahalin from the mid sixties through to 1971 the year he left school? If yes have you any news or updates on where he is now.
Wed 6-May-2015 20:53 - Hebburn
Alex Patterson, 46 - 51 | alexpatterson~AT~videotron~DOT~ca
Hello Mike,
Thanks for the clarification. Sir Ken seems to have the answer on the education front. Is he also "faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound."?
OFSTED reports like his are something to aspire to. Lucky students!!
Regards from a seasonal Montreal,
Alex Patterson
Thu 16-Apr-2015 01:47 - Montreal, Canada

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