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sutton coldfield
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1396 of 1409  Sun 11th Feb 2018 9:09pm  
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On 24th Jan 2018 9:35am, Slim said: I don't recall the pick-up ever being missing though.
I think that was after he discovered what was going on.
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Slim
Another Coventry kid
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1397 of 1409  Thu 4th Oct 2018 8:59am  
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On 5th Oct 2015 4:35pm, Beesman said: Pete Jones was a decent bloke. He had a totally different method of teaching from the stuffy old masters of yesteryear. You could have a laugh in his lessons without detracting from your learning. They were lucky to keep him at KHVIII as he would have left but for Taffy James being 'promoted' to deputy head. This meant that PJ was made Head of Economics, a position he would otherwise have sought at a different school. He went up inestimably in the eyes of me and my mates when, at school speech day, in Central Hall, he walked down the aisle to the stage, in his gown, smoking a cigarette. He gave us lot a crafty grin as he went by! Top man! Thumbs up
After all these years, I bumped into Pete Jones last night (in a pub). He is very much alive and well and lives in the Kenilworth area. He has now retired, and was still at KHVIII when he retired. He was big enough to admit "I couldn't get a job anywhere else!". Smile
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1398 of 1409  Thu 27th Dec 2018 9:04pm  
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alanmgibbons
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1399 of 1409  Wed 6th Feb 2019 8:17pm  
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My name is Alan Gibbons and I was one of about 30 pupils from Coventry who passed a 13+ scholarship examination to transfer from secondary modern schools to King Henry VIII Grammar School in about 1955. I believe that this was a unique experiment. I would be interested to hear from others who shared this experiment. For me it was a success and I went on to university after leaving the KHVIII sixth form. For some others it wasn't such a happy experience; I have just read a post from 'Herberts Lad' to this effect. From what he says I cannot identify him, but perhaps he would like to exchange messages - especially since we appear to have transferred from the same secondary school (Cheylesmore). I would welcome postings from members who shared this experience or who could shed light on it. Many thanks. Subsequently, with the help of Brian Stansfield, I have started to compile a list of names in the 13+ class. In alphabet order, we have so far: Kenny Archer ? Cave Michael Cole Bob Cooke Colin England Bob Garrett Alan Gibbons ? Hewitt Bob Jarrett Duncan Jenkins Norman Lines Duncan McGrory Andy Miller Malcolm Miller Tony Poole Alan Riding ? Riley John Smythe Brian Stansfield Robert Toye
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herberts lad
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1400 of 1409  Wed 6th Feb 2019 10:57pm  
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Hi Alan Great to hear from you, remember you very well as friends with Hewitt, Duncan Jenkins, other names I recall are Alan Riding, Cave, Duncan McGrory, Alan Davey, Riley, Tony Poole, Colin England, Bob Cooke, Robert Cole, Robert Toye, Kenny Archer, and a few others when I stir my grey matter. Have sent you an email so a catch up is on. Teachers included Bert Wrench, Joe Swan, Alf Crocker, Pop Cork, Bert Stanger, Harry Dunne, Be Bop, Piggy Shaw, Yes I was part of the experiment but did not complete into A level as my calling was to get into Engineering, Alfred Herbert, hence my name.
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KHVIIIArchivist
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1401 of 1409  Tue 30th Apr 2019 12:57pm  
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The School Archive has been asked for information about a teacher in the KHVIII Junior School in the 1930s. Her name was K M Atkinson and by 1944 she was teaching in Wellington. She appears to have been Philip Larkin's junior school form teacher in 1932 and then went to visit him in January 1944. If you have any information, please post it here or email me: cooperh@khviii.net
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Annewiggy
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1402 of 1409  Tue 30th Apr 2019 3:07pm  
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I have found on Ancestry that Kathleen M Atkinson, born 11/6/1904, school teacher, was living at 35 Earlsdon Avenue South on the 1939 census. There is a service record of a Henry Bates Atkinson married to Harriet White of Wrekin Villa Bayston Hill, Shrewsbury. This record shows a daughter Kathleen Mary who was born on 11/6/1904 in Chirk. There is also a death of a Kathleen M Atkinson in 1960 who was born 1904. The probate shows her death at the home of her parents. Hope this is of some help, good chance it is the person you are looking for.
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Heathite
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1403 of 1409  Tue 30th Apr 2019 5:12pm  
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Hello Anne. The Ancestry record may be dubious, it has '1914' entered above 1904 on the 1939 original record. On findmypast it has the same original record but the transcription records it as 1914 for the year of birth. So findmypast have chosen to use the 1914 date as correct. It aso provides a possible birth in Shipston upon Stour. There is also a possibility that she was born in 1909. Not straightforward at all.
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Annewiggy
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1404 of 1409  Tue 30th Apr 2019 7:06pm  
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Family search show her birth and death as 1904 and 1960. The fact she was teaching at Wellington makes the connection with Shrewsbury and also the war records. The Kathleen born in Shipston on Stour is 2 on the 1911 census. I think it all fits for 1904. If she was born in 1914 she would be very young to be a teacher in 1932. I can see the pencil mark but it is not the original record, Findmypast must have decided to use all alterations!
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Helen F
1405 of 1409  Tue 30th Apr 2019 8:45pm  
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NeilsYard
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1406 of 1409  Tue 30th Apr 2019 9:47pm  
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Well done (again!) Anne
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1407 of 1409  Wed 1st May 2019 9:29am  
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Thank you very much indeed, Annewiggy and Heathite, this is incredibly helpful information.
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Heathite
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1408 of 1409  Wed 1st May 2019 5:43pm  
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You're welcome. It would appear that Anne is correct. If you have an Ancestry account then you can see more here . . https://www.ancestry.co.uk/family-tree/person/tree/119175005/person/170182174302.... If not, I'm willing to help.
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JohnnieWalker
Bonny Hills, Australia
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1409 of 1409  Tue 21st May 2019 10:15pm  
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Hi everyone You may be interested to know that Ted Norrish has published a 312-page book - Cursus Honorum - of his memories, including stories of mountain adventures and travel, his love of classical languages, the ancient world, running and orienteering, and his enjoyment of poetry, literature and music. He spends a lot of time telling of his time at KHVIII, particularly his role in the very successful cross-country and athletics teams, and includes lots of photos that may bring back memories for Forum members. It only arrived here yesterday, but I've already found it a fascinating read. It's self-published, so I'm not sure if you can buy it yet in the shops, but I can find out for you if anyone wants to buy one.
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