SOUTHERN GRAMMAR SCHOOL FOR BOYS PORTSMOUTH 1888-1975

 



                                                                                                         

Messages from Old Secundrians :

Walter Johnston (joined 1955) Although only briefly at the school (for about a year) I would be delighted to hear from anyone who remembers me. I should be quite memorable because I continued to use my previous school's distinctive  green blazer and red badge for the short period that I was at the SGS! I can be contacted at  j4_twj@yahoo.co.uk         [ Ed : there is an "underscore" after the "jw" - see also Walter's contribution under "Where are they now A-Z"].  (November 2012)


Keith Horner (joined 1951)  It is really good to get in touch with those who enjoy recalling their teenage years in a worthwhile school environment. I went on to become a teacher, before moving into the Army and then industry. I always felt the demise of the grammar schools took something important out of the education system. I live in Australia and would be delighted to hear from anyone who remembers me from our school days. Keith Horner (July 2012).  E-mail keithhorner@fastmail.fm

Dicky Waite (joined 1938)  Dicky would be very pleased to hear from the "Lyndhurst Parkhill" gang: Gerry Bugo, Jimmy Scott, Alan Routley, Geoff Richards, Stan Buckett and Dicky's wife, Gloria's, other friends: Cloin Campbell, Laurie Brown, Peter Corben, Mike Salmon, Alan Bastard, Stan Bettesworth and George Allen. Dicky can be contacted at desmond@kwaite.co.uk  [Ed: See, also, Dicky's school recollections on the Pupils Page 3 of this website].

Colin Bishop (1960-68)   Now living in North Carolina,  I would very much like to get into contact again with former pupils who may remember me.  Please contact me at  cbishop@wfubmc.edu  (Ed: see also Colin's entry in the "Where are they now?" section)

Lawrence Jackson (1940-45)   I would very much like to hear from any former pupil who was at Brockenhurst from 1940 to 1945 (Headmaster G.B.H. Jones,  Barrister at law) and who may remember me.  My e-mail address is lawrence348@btinternet.com  and telephone number: 01256 850489 (Ed: details shown with Lawrence's permission)

Arthur (Roy) Wrapson (1932-36) From 1954 Arthur spent most of his time living near Auckland in New Zealand. He was a keen member and contributor to this website (see his entry in the "Where are they now?" page). Sadly, Roy passed away in 2012 and was remembered at the May 2012 annual dinner (his name is recorded on the menu card - see Old Secundrians dinners 2012). 

Richard Taylor (1952-54)  Richard is - and has been since the early 1970s - living in Australia and would be delighted to hear from any of his contemporaries from his time at the school. Names that spring to mind are  Alan Gant,  Bruce Sharp, David Warren,  (?) Frampton,  and the "other" Richard Taylor - but he would be pleased to hear from anyone who remembers him. In respect of the last named, rather confusingly both not only had the same name but also the same second initial - scope for confusion all round!! Richard (as in Australia!) hopes that the other Richard was never beaten for his transgressions which, he tells me [Ed] were many!! Richard's e-mail contact is sta44692@bigpond.net.au

John Cave (1958-60)  I am now living in Oregon, USA having emigrated in 1977. I would be interested to hear from anyone who rmembers me from my short time at the school. My contact details can be found through Peter Higgins or Clive Williams(Contacts). See also my entry on the "Where are they now?" page

Colin Dowsett (1960-67)  We have recently added Colin's "Where are they now?" entry (see the "People" section). Colin has now returned to live in New Zealand [Ed: lucky man!] and would be pleased to hear from past friends. pamncol@xtra.co.nz

Tim Syson: Tim is a distant relative of the late George Henry Downing, art master at the school pre Second World War, and is seeking any information that any Old Secundrians could provide about him; he intends to set up a website very soon. If you can provide any information, anecdotes, memories etc etc Tim can be contacted at Salt Hill House, 18 Lower Bridge Street, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2LG, telephone number 01227 825607. e-mail address is tim@careerline.co.uk. We hope you will be able to help.

John Hobson:  I am now a fully qualified octogenarian!! I would love to hear from anyone from the Junior or Senior Colts' football teams in the 1950s or from the athletics teams  from the same era. Apologies for missing the 2009 dinner (grandparents' duties!) but I hope to attend in the future. I thoroughly enjoyed the 2006 dinner when I met Brian Naysmith and  Ian Watson (staff) as well as Roger Allen and Chris Rogers of the 1953 Junior Colts - regards to all of them. I have recently completed my memoirs and the part that deals with my time at the Southern Grammar will be passed to Peter Higgins for inclusion on this site shortly (April 2009); I've now embarked on a separate journal to record the next 20 years activities ending (I hope) with a telegram from the Queen (Ed: will she send herself a telegram if/when she reaches 100 years old?). John's address is 6 Epsom Road, Rugby CV22 7PF (Tel: 017888 40066) - [provided with John's permission].

Alf Pink (joined 1956): I look forward to seeing all those old boys who started at the school in 1956, at our Annual Dinner in May 2009. It is always good to meet up with the regular attendees but it would be especially good to see those who have not been to our annual dinner before. Please contact me (see Contacts) and get on our mailing list.

Terence Miller (joined 1949):   Now living in USA, I would very much like to contact former classmates from my era - in particular: David Hartfree, Richard Midgely, Christopher J Martin, William Barton, Peter Manning, Maurice Miller, David Gallagher, William Sykes, Lawrence Douglas, Brian Coombes. I can be contacted by e-mail at tframpton@mac.com. Also, anyone else who remenbers me from our school days.

Peter Jerome (Joined 1949). Peter is living in Florida and would like to make contact with Colin Johnson who was a close friend during his schooldays. Peter believes Colin may be living in Canada. If you know of Colin's whereabouts please let Peter Higgins or Clive Williams (Contacts ) know.

Chris Wrein (joined 1966)  I would be really interested to hear from anyone who went on the 1968 Hamburg trip. In fact I'd be happy to hear from anyone who was in my year . I've reached that age where I do feel a bit nostalgic! chris.wrein@hotmail.co.uk


Peter Oxley (1965-72). I live in Portsmouth and remember very well Danny Milne, Noel Thorpe, John Joinsen, David Ainsworth, John Langham Brown, Paul Woods, Jaffa Jaffa et al. I should be delighted to hear from any friends from the past and can be contacted via Peter Higgins or Clive Williams (see Contacts).

Updated pages Pages are updated regularly on the site. Just look at the bottom of each page to see when it was last updated as an indication of when new material has been entered .

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Compton organ. By a stroke of extreme good luck we have found an organ restorer who showed interest in taking the organ and finding a new home for it (probably a church). We obtained agreement from the Portsmouth College and the organ has now been restored. (Ed: There is still no new home for it yet but we are in regular contact with the restorer and are confident that he will eventually find a suitable new home for it. We shall keep Old Secundrians posted as more information is obtained). [ May 2016 ]

This Page displays information of recent/forthcoming interest. It may also be used by Old Secundrians who wish to convey their own messages eg to try to establish contact with long lost colleagues or comments/views about the website, (all subject to editorial control). So, if you wish to include an item please send to Peter Higgins (see Contacts)

IMPORTANT: We have now run out of new material for the website - but are confident that most Old Secundrians still have material that would be of interest to others; we are anxious that the website does not become "stale" so, PLEASE look out material that may be in your possession and send it to Peter Higgins - either by e-mail or through the post. For example, the "Do you remember when...?" page  provides an excellent opportunity for members to include some snippets (humorous or otherwise) of their favourite memories from their schooldays - so please let us have yours, too.  And don't forget that we'd really like to receive more entries for the "Where are they now?" column. Please send your recollections to Peter Higgins (Contacts ).

Remember when?   At the suggestion of Richard Taylor, we have included a page entitled "Do you remember when...?". This provides an opportunity for members to include some snippets (humorous or otherwise) of their favourite memories from their schooldays. We have kicked off with a few (do have a look) - so please let us have yours, too. Please send your recollections to Peter Higgins (Contacts).
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Aileen Mills' speech (2006)   We are delighted  that Aileen's speech given at the 2006 dinner is on the website. Aileen was, of course, the wife of Headmaster, H J Mills. Those who were at the 2006 dinner will recall the wonderful recording that she had made at the grand age of 95. It is a magnificent oratory and can be heard by going to Old Sec's Other Dinners Page 1 of this website - enter via the "Old Sec's" link. You can also go directly to the page by clicking on this link (Other OS Dinners P1).
Newsletter (September 2016). The Newsletter has been issued by e-mail and post (the latter to those without e-mail). If you didn't receive yours and you are a member it probably means that you have changed your postal and/or e-mail addresses and not advised us!! If you are an "offender" please do let Clive Williams have your updated details (Contacts).  In the meantime, you can view the Newsletters on this site ( Newsletters ) ( September 2016 )

 

IMPORTANT:    Hitherto, we have recorded sad news regarding the passing of Old Secundrians on this page and the information has been retained here for a considerable time. However, over time the list has, sadly, become very lengthy. With that in mind notification will continue to appear here but after a suitable period of time the information will be transferred to the Obituaries page (which can also be accessed via the People section). As always, colleagues and friends are invited to send Obituaries and notifications to Peter Higgins (seeContacts page).
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NEW PAGE: We have included a new page on the site entitled " Academic Honours and Some Former Pupils". This is an extract from Arthur Hitchins book about the school's history 1888-1954. It can be accessed via the People page. We would welcome information regarding more recent successes and news of former attendees at the school. Please contact Peter Higgins with details (Contacts )
REQUEST FOR CONTACT DETAILS - PETER JARVIS (joined mid 1950s).   Peter Beynon is trying to contact a good school friend, Peter Jarvis, who joined the school in the mid 1950s. If anyone has any information as to Peter's whereabouts would you please contact Peter Beynon at peter.beynon@btinternet.com . Many thanks. ( July 2015 )

Bill Handyside (joined 1939)  We are very sorry to report that Bill passed away in October 2015. Unfortunately, we don't have any other details at the moment. Our sincere condolences go to Bill's family and friends. ( December 2015 )

Irwin Rowland (joined 1936)  We are very sorry to report that Irwin passed away in July 2015. An obituary, based upon the eulogy at his funeral and produced by Irwin's son, Mark, is posted in the Obituaries section. Our sincere condolences go to Irwin's family and friends. ( January 2016 )

NEW PAGE:   A LIST OF THE NAMES OF CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION (AND DATES OF JOINING THE SCHOOL) CAN NOW BE FOUND VIA THE "OLD SEC'S" SECTION OR JUST CLICK ON THIS LINK - MEMBERS

Alan (Al) Cornick (joined 1959). We are very sorry to report that Al passed away on 4th March 2016. He had been diagnosed with acute pancreatitis in February and, despite a very brave fight, he finally succumbed. Al was an attendee at the Old Secundrians dinner for a number of years and was a keen golfer (a former club captain at both Petersfield and Lee-on-the- Solent golf clubs); he will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Our condolences go to his wife, Pauline, and family. Al's funeral was held at Portchester Crematorium on 29th March.  (April 2nd 2016)
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Geoff Owen (staff - joined early 1970s),  We are very sorry to report that Geoff passed away on 22nd March 2016. Geoff joined the school in the sports department in the early 1970s. He was a keen sportsman - playing soccer for Ryde Sports, cricket and hockey for Havant (where he was President and a former captain of the cricket team). Our sincere  condolences go to his wife Pam, son David and daughter Deboragh.   (March 2016 )

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Stewart McIntyre (joined 1939).  We are very sorry to report that Stewart McIntyre has passed away.  Stewart was a keen member of the Association - and particularly so in respect of the Brockenhurst evacuees, of which he was one. He was a regular attendee at the annual dinner until ill health prevented that in recent years.Our condolences go to Stewart's brother, David, family and friends. Stewart's funeral was held at Portchester Crematorium on 11th May ( April 26th 2016 NB An Obituary for Stewart has been produced by Ian Owen - see Obituaries section

Dennis Beckett (joined 1938 ) -  passed away December 2015

Keith Thomas (joined 1934)  - passed away January 2016

Ken Matthews (joined 1939) - passed away March 2016

Steve Williams (joined 1966) - passed away April 2015

Richard Leat (joined 1956) - passed away December 2014

Brian Greenaway (joined 1945) - passed away December 2013

Colin Campbell (joined 1940) - passed away May 2013

Paul Mizen (former staff 1966-73) - passed away July 2015

Mick Hoolahan (joined 1936)  - no date known when he passed away

Edward Young (dates of joining and death unknown).

Our sincere condolences go to family and friends of all those who have passed away.Obituaries - and more information if known - may be sent to Peter Higgins or Clive Williams (see Contacts )

Laurie Moore (joined 1940).  We are very sorry to report that Laurie passed away on 15th May. Laurie had not been well for a long time but with the help of his wife, Frances, was able to attend the quarterly pub lunches of the Brockenhurst evacuees. Laurie's funeral was held at Portchester crematorium on Wednesday 8th June. Our sincere condolences go to Laurie's wife, Frances, family and friends. (May 2016)

                                            

Peter O'Leary (joined 1940). It is with great regret that we report that Peter passed away on 24th February 2016. Peter was one of the evacuees to Brockenhurst during World War ll and was the first school Consul appointed by H.J.Mills. Our sincere condolences go to Peter's wife, Margaret, and his four daughters. An obituary, written by Roger Watts and approved by Peter's family, can be seen in the Obituaries Section. ( June 2016)

Ron Sonnet (joined 1945 and former member of staff). We are very sorry to report that Ron passed away on 21st June 2016 at the age of 82. Many will recall Ron not only as a pupil but as a history master at the school for many years. Ron's funeral was held at Southdown Natural Burial Ground on 12th July.  Any donations in Ron's memory may be made to "Shelter" and sent to Co-operative Funeral Care at 157 Fratton Road, Portsmouth PO1 5ER.
Our sincere condolences go to his daughter Esther and son Matthew. 

A tribute to Ron, written by John Carrick, is produced on the Obituaries  page of this website.( July 2016 ).

                                                      
                          

Wilf Seymour (joined 1941)  It is with great regret that we report that Wilf passed away suddenly at home on 18th July 2016 aged 86 years. Wilf was a regular attendee at the Brockenhurst evacuees" quarterly pub lunches and was a great jazz enthusiast, also playing in a local group which toured many venues. Wilf's funeral was restricted to family only. We are hopeful that an obituary for Roy will be forthcoming shortly and when received we shall post it on this website. Our sincere condolences go to Wilf's widow, Joyce, and his family and friends. ( August 2016 )

INVITATION TO BROCKENHURST EVACUEES MEETINGS ; "Pub Lunch" Meetings of the Brockenhurst evacuees take place on a quarterly basis and current attendees would very much welcome newcomers. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 14th September and more dretails can be obtained from Gordon Blackman at  g.blackman1@ntlworld.com  (August 2016)

EVACUATION IMAGES : We have recently added three new images to the Evacuation page (Evacuation ) with a request asking whether anybody can name any of the individuals (or where it was taken). If you know, please let Peter Higgins ( Contacts ) know.

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**CHRISTMAS 2016 NEWSLETTER  (See Newsletters section)

**SCHOOL MEMORIES BY KEITH "JACK" HORNER (See Pupils' and Staff Memories in the People Section). NB: Keith would be delighted to hear from old school friends - contact details at the bottom of his recollections)

**EVACUATION IMAGE FROM THE 1940s (See Evacuation section) 

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RECENT ADDITIONS (December 2016)TO THE WEBSITE INCLUDE:

Edward Fillingham (joined 1943) We are very sorry indeed to report that Edward passed away in December 2016. Edward was a very keen Old Secundrian, an evacuee to Brockenhurst during the War and a regular attendee at the annual dinner. He will be greatly missed. Edward's funeral was held at Portchester Crematorium on Wednesday 11th January where there was a very large attendance. An obituary for Edward appears in the Obituary section of this website (Obituaries)  ( January 2017 )

Graham Lock (joined 1957) It is with great regret that we report that Graham passed away in 2014 from heart failure (sadly, we have only just received the news). Graham was an extremely bright student at the Southern Grammar and had been a Professor for many years at a University in the Netherlands before returning to the UK in about 2009 and becoming a tutor at Oxford University . ( March 2017)  
 
Jon Harrigan (joined 1954) We are very sorry to report that Jon passed away peacefully on 12th February 2017 aged 75. Ken Hales, a former SGS pupil and a friend of Jon's, recalls that he was a very bright student and read chemistry at Birmingham University. An obituary written by Ken can be seen on the Obituaries page (via the Obituaries link). Jon's younger brothers Peter and Robert also attended the SGS. Jon's funeral was held at Portchester Crematorium on Tuesday 7th March. Our condolences go to Jon's family and friends . ( February 2017
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Edward Barber (joined 1960) We are sorry to report that Edward passed away at the end of January 2017. Edward was a well known photographer and in particular for his work on the anti-nuclear protest movement in the 1980s. An obituary, printed in the Guardian newspaper can be seen at
www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/feb/23/edward-barber-obituary   ( February 2017 )

  David Stapleton (joined 1939)   We are sorry to learn that David passed away in January 2017. Unfortunately, no other details are known at present. David's funeral was held at Alverstoke Church on 9th February 2017 and he was laid to rest in Milton cemetery, Portsmouth. ( February 2017 )


Keith Guy (joined 1955)   We are very sorry to report that we have recently been advised that Keith passed away in November 2016. No other details are known at the moment but if/when they become available we will record them here. In the meantime, our sincere condolences go to Keith's wife Liz and his daughters Emma, Rosa and Victoria. An obituary, which focuses on Keith's very successful career appears in the Obituary section of this website ( Obituaries )
(January 2017)

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John Hobson (former sports master at the Southern Grammar who many Old Sec's will remember) has had a book published by Melrose Books entitled "Smiles from Schooldays". The book comprises amusing verse relating to many of the school subjects (History, PE, Geography etc). Copies can be obtained for £5.99 (ISBN 978-1-912026-16-6). A couple of examples from the book are shown below (click to enlarge).

 

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