Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Fifth Form July 1965 (from J. Starling Spadge's Collection)

Paul (Julian or Spadge) Starling passed away. his wife Sandra shared a photo with us that Spadge had been trying to find. I've cleaned it up a little as the original had lots of cracks and folds in it.


L to R - Ron Buckley,S. Cockran , M Berry (Baz), P Lund (Bean), Sadler, Julian starling (Spage) AKA Paul, DM McGarry (Spider),L. Wickowski.


TexasDave McGarry - Comment "I was checking some school photos you put up, and found one of my class, Lower 4 (dreadful word. lol). Standing by the side of the road, with Ron Buckley, Stuart Cocharan, Mick Berry, Peter Lund, Sadler, Paul (Spadge) Starling, me, and Lech Wicikowski. I remember that summer's day well. I think it was my camera, and I asked the teacher (can't remember who, but it was a biology 'nature walk').. It was our last few weeks at school, and that was our entire class standing there in the flowers, just up the road from the school... The Magnificent Eight!! Where did you get this photo? I thought I was the only person in the world with a copy of it.. and mine long died of age. Maybe I gave Spadge a copy a long time ago.. Texas. Yes Dave, Spadge's wife supplied this photo after he passed away.

Friday, August 24, 2012

School Photos from the Archives

Again, thanks are due to Peter Dawson, who managed to get the permissions needed to access these photos from Coventry archives, to whom we are most thankful. These were taken quickly via Peter's Mobile and will be replaced when Peter has got better versions via a camera. They are a varied bunch of photos from the 40's to 70's. Enjoy.

A.G. Donaldson 1940 - 42 the School's first headmaster.






Martin Hawthorn (former head boy 1962-63) and later PE teacher 1970's presenting a photographic album on behalf of the Old Boys Association to Headmaster George Parker sometime in the 60's.

Eric Webb (Bursar) presenting an award to Miss E.J. Richardson (School nurse) in 1977 for 25 years service.



Trev Teasdel Is that Barry Mathews (teacher on left) and it looks like a computer keyboard. Must be a very early one!

Michael Breslin Is this at Mullers Factory?

David Stuart Pete Germain in the background with the glasses on,looks like my year.

Paul Rees Was that the engineering company in Mamble?Looks familiar.

Rosemary Webb Rehill I spotted Pete in the background too! I thought he was such a dish!!!


Richard Gilhespy Definitely Barry Mathews, a good guy.


David Stuart lad next to Mr Matthews is Alistair Green,in front of him is David Allen.


George Houguez Is that Gary Russell on the far right?






Keith Ison that is Robert Sinclair on the right
David Stuart yes it is.
Peter Melhuish Looks like it could be Bill Partridge ( Teeth)



Rosemary Webb Rehill I see Margaret Parker and Aileen in that photo!!!

Trev Teasdel Where? What date is this? Black and white photo yet hairstyles are longish - suggests 70's.

Michael Breslin Far left looks like Ali Milne with Duncan Milne in front 1973?

Rosemary Webb Rehill Earlier. Aileen looks about 12. That would make it about 69

Michael Breslin Can't be Duncan then, not sure about Ali.



Michael Breslin Gordon Plaice as Scoutmaster, Wow!

Keith Ison is that Steve ( spud ) Taylor middle row second from the left.

Richard Gilhespy Back row 4th from left Chris Burrows (I think), 5th me, 6th Stuart McDonald (again I think and Dudley House Captain 65/66). Middle row 7th from left a tenacious lad, can't at this time remember his first name, but surname was Boyce. He was ...See more

Keith Ison Richard the guy you are on about is Robert Boyce, he was a great swimmer as well.Two more I seem to remember front row, the two on the right hand side in uniform William Mcmenamin, and Kevin Carolan.





Peter Dawson on the SS Uganda

Rosemary Webb Rehill I know that boy in front. His name was Simon.

Trev Teasdel Looks like Taffy Powell (Geography) at the back in white shirt. Is it Simon Pike? Tall one at back with blond hair Richard Clarke? Right Graham Jones? They were the year below me. Mark Pickering on left behind Simon?

Raymond Bothwell I think thats ME with white shorts and black pullover, next to jones..



Michael Breslin That famous COC House Trophy! Inter House competition combined results were rewarded at the end of the school year with the C.O.C. House trophy. Here it is. Who has it now ?

Keith Ison L to R...Richard Harkin, Roy McManus, Peter Bentley, not sure about the last one i think it was R. Graham.

Paul Rees Roy Mc Manus??? I was in the same year as Richard Harkin. I remember this, I think........
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Keith Ison Roy was in our year Paul.
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Michael Breslin What house lads? George can't possibly be right on this one!





Tony Booton Rev Williams i see with you boys there's a lot of water gone under bridge since that was took which one is you

George Houguez Dudley house team, Top of The Form competition. Circa 1975/6. That's me in the middle.



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Sports Photos via Peter Dawson

Ex pupil Peter Dawson managed to negotiate permissions to copy the following photos from the Coventry Archives dept. for which we are thankful. The photos were taken on Peter's phone quickly but he hopes to get better versions later via a camera. Meanwhile, enjoy. I will replace these with the better versions as they come in and add any new ones Peter is able to get.

Peter Dawson the lad down on one knee i think is Danny Brooks




Peter Dawson - Tunisia i think.



Michael Breslin Mr Brian Petty (English and Rugby Teacher)
 Back Row: left to right Nick Watson, Russel Hemmings, Mr Gardner? Tony Dean, unknown, Mr Russel, Simon Hull.
Front row left to right: John Mckay, Mr Barrett, Tim Vince, Tom Sayer, unknown, John Kenny, Me is that Gardner next to you Mr Dawson? and then I have that guy in the back row wrong? 1974 or 75 school team.


Peter Dawson back row third from left is Paul Davis second from right back row Russell Thomas


Michael Breslin I'll give you Paul Davis and I should have put Mr Russell XXXX so I was close, good memory Pete c'mon what about the guy next to you?

Peter Dawson Cant think who that kid is i should know him both Mortimer. Could be Gerry Newbold


Michael Breslin Could be...





George Houguez - Back row left to right; Gary Russell, Dave Meacham, Dexter Lacey, don't know, don't know. Front row, Gallagher, Eddie Nelson, Ian Riggs, Paul Doyle, Craig Benfield



Trev Teasdel - Storer B/ Row last but one on right.


Peter Dawson Dont know the year, must be around 73

Peter Cobham possibly, cos I arrived in 74 and dont remember those style shirts for Dudley

Michael Breslin Who is the teacher? Must be 1972 Pete

Peter Cobham is that the back fence of the swimming pool? looks like it needs kreosoting!

Peter Cobham I said Dudley, but there are Mortimer and Blount socks in there too








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Michael Breslin Back row left to right: Andy Carrol, John Kenny, Rob Hunter, Mr Thomas, Gary Marks
Front row, left to right: Duncan Milne, John McKay, Satwant Banwait, Dave Rowlands Richard Bruce. School Cross Country team or Athletics....all of these were excellent runners so I may be wrong about that being Gary Marks

Dave Rowlands school athletics Mike Gary Marks was in it he done the shot












1950's with Headmaster Mr Morris on the left.




Michael Breslin - Back Ro Left to right: John McKay, Simon Hull, Unknown, Paul Fisher
Mid Row Paul Betts, Baz ? John Kenny, Tom Sayer
Front: Gavin De Miranda, unknown, unknown, how come I am not on that team? Must be cricket!