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Kaga simpson
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1531 of 1541  Mon 16th Dec 2019 11:19am  
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Hey Midland Red, did you all go to that tuppeny-hapenny mamby-pamby school? Me and old man Steptoe could have given you a run for your money Big grin but all those worries about school dinners must have been terribly hard, while we men of the real world only had to worry about the Koreans, and the AK47, the atom bomb, germ warfare, and dodging the mud in the Precinct. Just thought I'd mention a few things about the real fifties. Cheers
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Midland Red
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1532 of 1541  Mon 16th Dec 2019 11:36am  
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I had no worries about school dinners - I was able to walk home for mine! Lol
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Woglet
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1533 of 1541  Tue 17th Dec 2019 10:59am  
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The gentleman on AAC Burton's left was Mr Gaines, the headmaster of the Junior School. 5th from the left on the top row is "Joe Soap" Stevenson, the other Art Master (Shore also taught art). I think the third lady in from the right on the front row was the formidable Mrs Gardiner. On Liddiard's left was ?Bullock?? the p/e master and on his right is ??"beebop" Barnes (music) ?? I'm sure someone must recognise a few others. PS As far as JBY-E goes are his feet actually touching the ground !!
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bohica
coventry
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1534 of 1541  Tue 17th Dec 2019 7:13pm  
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I can see Joe Soap now, but I'd likely have mistaken him for Pope Harris
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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1535 of 1541  Tue 17th Dec 2019 8:32pm  
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Hi all Wave I certainly enjoyed the school dinners. They were prepared & cooked on site & by people that cared. Pupils at many of Coventry schools could only have ever dreamt of that. If they were so poor, how come so many staff enjoyed or "endured" them? The dinner staff had to observe strict rules about food menus, quality & content. Even with that, they resourced from local suppliers, including a greengrocer whose son was a chum of mine at the school. It was my favourite subject, I never received a detention for being late & I never left anything other than an empty plate.
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rufford155
Lytham UK and Madeira
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1536 of 1541  Thu 19th Dec 2019 5:26pm  
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On 16th Dec 2019 10:34am, Woglet said: Next to Miss Robson (i.e 5th from left on front row) is, I think, J.B Young Evans. The headmaster, on Mr Shore's left is AAC Burton. 4th from right on front row is Max Gordon. 6th from left on back row is "pop" Cork, 6th from left on middle row is, I think, Crocker and again I'm not sure but top row farthest on right is Parnaby. I think the four ladies on the front row left were all in the Junior school including primary and the three ladies on the right were the school secretaries.
Tom, that doesn't look like Alf Crocker to me - our first year form master. The only one I recognise is your dad!
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rufford155
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1537 of 1541  Thu 19th Dec 2019 5:34pm  
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Further to my post 1467, I can report that Neil Porter and Mick Tyler have been traced, both alive and well.
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herberts lad
Exhall
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1538 of 1541  Fri 27th Dec 2019 2:16pm  
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Here is a picture taken of Upper 4s, the lads who passed the 13+ exam from 1954. An old school colleague, Alan Gibbons, has unearthed this school photograph of pupils of one class King Henry VIII, Coventry - are any still out there or any sons, daughters and grandchildren? Back row l to r as I can remember: Bob Garrett, Ken Archer, Alan Davey, Bob Cook, Norman Lines, Andy Miller, Cave, Tony Poole Second row: Colin England, Alan Riding, John Smythe, Ken Archer, Duncan McGrory Front row: Riley, Bob Cole, Alan Hewitt, Smith, Duncan Jenkins, Form master J. Swan? Ken McLachlan, Robert Toye, myself People I cannot place: John Conquest I understand D Jenkins and D McGrory are sadly no longer with us
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JohnnieWalker
Bonny Hills, Australia
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1539 of 1541  Fri 27th Dec 2019 9:39pm  
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Duncan Jenkins was, if I remember right, captain of school rugby the year I started (1959). Very popular guy.
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rufford155
Lytham UK and Madeira
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1540 of 1541  Sat 28th Dec 2019 9:47am  
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Well that photo was a year before I started but I immediately recognised Duncan Jenkins and Norman Lines, both of whom I knew well later. And I already wrote this in post 1472 : "Duncan Jenkins and I were in up and down crummy bedsits in Longsight, Manchester when we were at UMIST doing an MSc in machine tools, he was the year before me. I knew him at school and at a youth club, he found the place for me. He was Herberts and I was Coventry Gauge (Matrix). That was around 1970-72, we played a lot of squash together but lost touch afterwards as I stayed up north after meeting my wife Pat. I also knew Norm Lines the water polo star when we were in the same class at the Lanchester. " Another great guy, didn't he win every swimming race going at school? Norman, if you are on here please send me a message.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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1541 of 1541  Tue 7th Jan 2020 9:46am  
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Walking along Spencer Avenue last week and never noticed how nice these old Henry's railings were as they are now buried within the bushes. The sections that were on the wall going around onto Warwick Road were removed for the war effort - you can still see the iron 'stubs' where they were cut. Edited by member, 7th Jan 2020 9:46 am
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