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Earlsdon Kid
1456 of 1470  Sun 27th Oct 2019 5:03pm  
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1457 of 1470  Sun 27th Oct 2019 5:11pm  
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I was at KHVIII after this toilet door change, however, I do remember the temporary classrooms in the senior school playground. I changed to senior's in 1963, so it may be that I had classes in the 'sheds' while still in junior school. I'm vague on years but the old sports pavilion was replaced around the same time.
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Dr Phil 1949 to 1956
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1458 of 1470  Mon 28th Oct 2019 8:20am  
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Hi Earlsdon Kid Thanks for the reply. I think that the "huts" as we called them were there throughout my time at KHVIII and I well remember standing in a queue outside them waiting to go in for our lesson, also the end one being used for a gym and indoor cricket in the winter. One of our pastimes during lessons was to pick out the semi solid insulation inside the walls through the many holes present in the wall, roll it into balls and throw it at other pupils when the master was at the board. This was strictly forbidden and detention (or a visit to the Headmaster) was ordered if one was caught!
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1459 of 1470  Fri 1st Nov 2019 8:30pm  
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On 25th Oct 2019 11:13pm, Dr Phil 1949 to 1956 said: I lived at 254 Allesley Old Rd in my time at KHVIII, I too biked to school usually by the Hearsall Common route. But the main connection was that my future wife (Ann Wall) lived at 143 Prince of Wales Rd. Her father was Eric Wall, a well known Coventry man in tennis circles (he organised and ran the Hospital Tournament for many years). Ann's brother Michael Wall was in the junior school (with Colin Blakemore, noted scientist and brain specialist). Regards Edited by member, 26th Oct 2019 9:42 am
Well blimey, I have only just found this forum and your post almost the most recent. Here's a class photo - actually form 2a - with me, Blakemore and Mick Wall all together on right of second row. Mick was a mate until he moved up north after a couple of years. You might remember Alf Crocker our form master. I lived at 229 Allesley Old Road. I drove past 2 weeks ago when in Cov for an aunt's funeral.
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1460 of 1470  Fri 1st Nov 2019 8:45pm  
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Thanks for posting Thumbs up Really interesting Note: the typed list quotes it as 3a, not 2a I see Pete Owen on the second row - he’s still involved with the Old Coventrians Association And on the front row, Thomas Kolisch, a forum member, son of Ernst Kolisch, maths master
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rufford155
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1461 of 1470  Sun 3rd Nov 2019 8:05am  
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Thanks for your comment. I'm pretty sure 3a was a typo. It was the first year class. I was in contact with Pete Owen about 5 years ago and intend to be again soon. I'd be grateful for any info about anyone in my photo who is recognised by any member on here, I am in contact with only one other. I am also in contact with a couple of lads from the year below and we are trying to arrange a small reunion. BTW, both the Kolisches were nicknamed "wog" - not at all PC nowadays!
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1462 of 1470  Sun 3rd Nov 2019 8:30am  
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I thought it possibly was a typo, as I couldn’t imagine so many boys still in short trousers in the second year (form 3a) in the Main School Thumbs up Pete Owen married Pam Groves, who I worked with at Wickmans in the 1960s It appears that Thomas Kolisch last visited the forum in 2016 (see post #1031 on this thread)
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1463 of 1470  Tue 5th Nov 2019 4:14pm  
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Hi Rufford, hope you are well. These coincidences keep on coming - Mike Wall is of course my brother-in-law, unfortunately his wife died of a rare cancer some years ago. Mike lives in Chelmsford not far from us. I don't think he viewed his time at KHVIII in a good way but in those days teachers could be difficult! I see in the picture Alfie Crocker the best teacher I ever had although he could be a terror if he thought you were slacking or being smart! I adjudge him and HH Cork as developing and overcoming my fear of public speaking by encouraging us to give lectures on subjects of our choice as well as occasionally taking a class in the laboratory when they were my House Masters in VI Sc.I and II. Many years later when my job consisted of travelling the world speaking at scientific seminars and universities on the subject of Electronic Ceramics, I often wondered how they were. I eventually made F.R.I.C. I wish I had been able to tell Alfie that! Regards
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1464 of 1470  Fri 8th Nov 2019 2:05pm  
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Hi Slim Hope you are well I am having a problem in working out when you were at KHVIII. This is due to the name Courtois (mentioned in your post) as I think there were several Courtois who were at KHVIII during various times. As you can see I was at KHVIII from 1949 to 1956, but the Courtois I knew is he the same one you mention as teaching PE and often wonder what happened to him. Perhaps you can help me? Regards Edited by member, 9th Nov 2019 9:19 am
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1465 of 1470  Fri 8th Nov 2019 2:35pm  
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There were two Courtois brothers - Pete (JPC Courtois) born 1940 and Geoff (GPC Courtois) born 1941 Pete was a good cricketer, and Geoff became the teacher
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1466 of 1470  Sat 9th Nov 2019 9:39am  
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Hi Red Many thanks for the information, no wonder I was confused as they were both at school when I was but I was 3 to 4 years ahead of the brothers. I may have got mixed up with the cricketing prodigy Alan Gordon who was just starting to demonstrate his talent when was in my last year. I wonder if he made it into senior cricket? Regards PS. He did Warwickshire no less! Edited by member, 11th Nov 2019 8:56 am

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1467 of 1470  Sat 9th Nov 2019 10:08am  
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Alan Gordon - wikipedia He is mentioned on this forum on the Black Horse pub, Exhall thread Thumbs up
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1468 of 1470  Sat 9th Nov 2019 10:28am  
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Hi Red Excellent information, and so speedy! How do you manage to remember all this information? Cheers
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1469 of 1470  Sat 9th Nov 2019 11:51am  
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In this case, I remember the Courtois brothers, and I knew Alan Gordon Thumbs up
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1470 of 1470  Sat 9th Nov 2019 2:49pm  
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Lesley and Alan Gordon lived at Exhall. I think Les is still around though I haven't seen her for a while. I spent many an interesting hour talking to Alan in his pub. I believe before he and Les took the pub on they managed a Forbuoys newsagents.
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