Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe

Members of Teaching Staff, from the school's foundation to 1972 (names in bold = headmasters)

Sources: The Early History and Antiquities of Wycombe by John Parker (himself an OW), published by Butler & Son, 1878; modern 'Grey Books'; school history (LJ Ashford & CM Haworth); pictorial school history (JI Mitchell)

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(Key: OW = Old Wycombiensian, old boy of the school; GS = Grammar School, acc. = according to)
Many thanks to John Havard (RGS 1958-64) for his considerable help in compiling this list.
Last Edited: Thursday March 9, 2017 5:32 PM
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Name Appointed Left School Degree University, Nicknames, etc Born Died
Wrothe, ? (Rev) 1551 ?   Annual salary £8. Royal charter granted in 1562. Officially the school came into being on 25 March 1551 as a result of Sir Edmund Peckham signing over the Hospital of St John to the town to set up and maintain a school (some sources mention the Rev. Wrothe taking over as master in 1548 but this is not clear). Nothing else known about the first master. Summary of the school's foundation here.    
Wilkinson, William (Rev) ? (1615?) MA      
Dobson, Gerard (Rev) 1615? (1646) MA Magdalen College, Oxford. Matric. 1610, BA 1610-11, MA 1613, ord. 1613. Vicar of Wycombe from 1629. ("A notable puritan and continued during the Commonwealth.") An Eton scholar. Taught the poet Edmund Waller (1606-87) whilst master at the school, and was mentioned favourably in John Aubrey's Brief Lives, thus: "[Edmund Waller] had grammar learning from the information of Mr. (Gerard) Dobson, minister of Market Wickham, who taught a private schoole there, and was (he told me) a good schoolmaster, and had been bred at Eaton College schoole." 1592  
Wyatt, Henry (Rev) 1646 1661 MA Afterwards Rector of Bradenham    
Humphrey, Philip (Rev) 1661 1671?   "Mr. Philip Humphrey, the late Master, having died very poor, his successor (Mr. Lardner) was bound, on his election by the Common Council, to pay to his Widow Katherine, ten pounds, in the course of the next two years, "provided she does not turne Quaker in the mean time, or otherwise become a Sectary, and not observe and obey the Liturgy of the Church of England."    1671?
Lardner, William (Rev) 1671 1673 MA Corpus Christi, Oxford. Matric. 28 Mar 1655. BA, 1658. MA, 1661. Rector of Bradenham (1662), 1671. (Rejected in 1660, afterwards conformed, took the Presentation in 1662 - acc. A Concise Description of the Endowed Grammar Schools in England by Nicholas Carlisle) 1640 (or before) 1673
Howe, Joseph (Rev) 1673 1701   Possibly the same person as Josiah Howe, an Oxford don. If so, the following biographical data applies... Scholar of Trinity College, Oxford, 1632, BA 1634, MA 1638. Fellow of Trinity, 1637. Removed from fellowship in 1648 ('non-appearance'), restored in 1660. Died 28 Aug 1701 in college and buried in college chapel. Acquaintance of John Aubrey. 1612? 1701?
Loveday, Joseph (Rev) 1701 1707 BA Gloucester Hall, Oxford. Matric. 1698, BA 1702). Rector of Taplow (1723-42) and Hedsor (1715-42). 1679?  
Guise, Samuel (Rev) 1707 1753 BA Gloucester Hall, Oxford. Matric. 1697-8 aged 15. BA, 1701. Ord. 1702. MA, 1713. Vicar of Wycombe (1711-53) and also vicar of Thame from 1711. 1682? 1753
Heather jnr, Thomas (Rev) 1754 1762 MA University College, Oxford. Matric. 1709/10, BA 1713, MA 1716. From Fawley, Hants. Rector of Oldbury-on-the-Hill, Gloucester, 1727; vicar of Didmarton, Gloucs. 1694?  
Edwardes, William (Rev) 1762 1771   Appointed Rector and Vicar of St Mary's, Tenby, 1770-1795. "Negligent in the discharge of his [Wycombe] duties".   1795
Thomas, Alban (Rev) 1771 1789   Vicar of Hurley. Died 19 Aug 1789. Bur. Hurley Church, Berkshire. 1737? 1789
James, Daniel (Rev) 1789 1793 BA Jesus College, Oxford. Matric. 1784, BA 1790. Died in Carmarthenshire (the last of three consecutive Welsh headmasters). At his death the school was at a very low ebb: "but for a few private pupils, the building would have been empty" (Ashford & Haworth).   1793
Sproston, William 1793 1841   First layman to hold headmastership. From Wrenbury in Cheshire. Dismissed "for his gross misbehaviour" in 1816 but immediately reinstated. Alderman of High Wycombe. 1763? 1841
Finlinson, Joshua (Rev) 1841 1842   (headmastership vacant for much of 1841 acc. school history) Had previously been curate of Leigh, nr Manchester and master of Leigh GS. Went bankrupt in 1843. 1807 1876
Fox, Edmund 1843 1852   Previously usher (assistant master) at Kingston College, Hull, and before that at Beverley, Yorkshire. In 1844 he married Emma Robeson Lea, of Claverley, Shropshire. The school history lists him as Edwin Fox but this appears to be an error derived from a faulty entry in an 1878 history of the town. See here. 1801 1859
Poulter, James (Rev) 1852 1879 MA Born 28 July 1803 (Marylebone), son of Thomas Poulter, gent, and Judith. Educ. Trinity College, Dublin; B.A. 1850 and M.A. 1857. Deacon 1847 and Priest 1849 by Bishop. of Oxford. Appointed assistant curate of High Wycombe, 18 Sep 1847 (The Times, 21 Sep 1847). Stipend £150 p.a. and house (Source: Crockford's Clerical Directory, 1868- which says that he started at RGS in 1842 but this seems to be a misprint). In 1839 living in Beckington, Somerset, working as schoolmaster. In 1841 living in Timsbury, Chew Magna, Somerset, working as a schoolmaster. Married Mary Elizabeth Clifford, dau. of William Clifford, gent., in Fulham, Middx, 22 July 1842, by which time he was already designated 'schoolmaster' and resident in Walcot, Bath. After retirement lived with son Reginald (q.v.) in Hampstead, London. 1803 1885
Coombes, E 1856 1860?   Appointed usher* to the school, 1856. (* An usher was a sort of apprentice schoolmaster. Paid £70 per annum, acc. school history)    
Ashpitel, Francis (Rev) 1856 ? MA Brasenose College, Oxford. Appointed examiner to the school, 1856. Vicar of Lane End. Rector of Great Hampden (c 1860 - 1870+) 1828? 1897
Fagg, Edwin 1860? 1864?   Appointed usher to the school, c.1860. Left for the Albert Memorial College, Framlingham. Attended St Mark's College, Chelsea, c 1861. 1840? 1870
Poulter, Reginald Clifford 1864? 1870? BA Educ. Trinity College, Dublin (source: The Great Schools of England by Howard Staunton (1865)) Son of the headmaster, born 20 Jan 1847 in Bath, Somerset, appointed school usher/second master in 1860s. By 1881 he had become a newspaper agent in London, with his parents living with him in Hampstead in retirement. On 24 July 1872 he married Mary Ann Spencer, dau. of G.B. Watson, esq., D.M., of Loseley Hill, Bucks, at Lacey Green Church. On 19 Feb 1901 he married Evangeline Watson, dau. of late Rev. Thomas Watson, senior chaplain HMS Bombay, at Christ Church, Illawarra, Tasmania. Died 20 Aug 1908 and buried in Lacey Green. 1847 1908
Lane, Sydney Septimus 1870 1872   Appointed school usher. Born Grosmont, Monmouthshire. Lodged at the 'Windsor Castle' pub in Easton Street, Wycombe, in 1871. Later taught at Bradford upon Avon, Wiltshire. 1846 1922
Seaborne, Frederick Charles 1872 1891   Appointed school usher. Resigned in 1879 but changed his mind. Still at school in 1891. 1845 1911
Peachell, George (Maths) 1879 1905 MA Exhibitioner, St John's College, Cambridge (matric. 1861, BA (36th Wrangler) 1865, MA 1869). Born Gillingham, Kent, educ. King's School, Rochester. Before RGS, was second master at Marylebone GS. Died 3 March 1905. 1842 1905
Frost, Joseph (second master under Peachell)   1905   Stood in as head from March 1905 to appointment of Arnison the following month but then left. In 1911 was an assistant teacher in Berkhampstead. 1870 1929?
Bartle, Walter John (All subjects) 1901 1935 BA, BSc Degrees in English and Maths at London University. Boarded some pupils at his house, 1 Priory Avenue. Born and died in Norfolk. Hon. Sec. of Old Wycombiensians, 1913-35. Wife died in 1951. Son was head boy, late 1930s. Obit May 68 Wyc. (Deputy head post 1913?) 1875 1968
Arnison, George Wright (headmaster, 1905-1933) 1905 1933 MA Pembroke College, Cambridge (exhibition, matric. 1894, BA 1897, MA 1901). Born Penrith, 28 Mar 1875. Attended Giggleswick School and also taught there (1899-1903), second master Bridlington GS (1903-05). Co-founder (with HG Brand) of Old Wycombiensians RUFC (1928). Obit, Sep 1965 Wyc. 1875 1965
Newton, Edward Arthur (Rev) (Science & English) 1905 1906 - Data from the Teacher's Registration Council record, 1/3/1918: Address - Packwood Vicarage, Hockley Heath, Warwickshire. Attainments: University of London Matriculation Certificate. University of London Intermediate Certificate in Science. Associate of the College of Preceptors. Experience: Assistant Master - Devonport High School, 1897-1899; and 1902; Pierremont College, Broadstalrs. 1899; High School, Colomberie, Jersey 1899-1900; Leamington Collegiate School. 1900; Science Master - Ipswich Middle School. 1904; Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe. 1905-1906; Physics and Mathematics Master - Solihull School. 1917-1922; Head Master - Westmoores School, Dorridge, Nr. Birmingham. 1922. Clergyman, 1911, in Kingswood, Bristol, with family. Became Vicar of Packwood in 1915, having previously been rector of Chettle in Dorset. 1881 1950
Threlfall, Reginald Bracewell (Maths) 1905 1913 MA Queen's College, Oxford. Came from Bridlington with Arnison to be second master. In 1913 went to be headmaster of Ludlow GS, later head (1920-38) of his old school, Heversham GS, Westmorland (born Colne, Lancs). Photo from 1963 at his old school. Editor of the very first Wycombiensian in 1905. Played for Yorkshire at rugby. 1878 1965
Douglas, Janet (later Mrs Thomas Redington) (Languages) 1907 1918e MA St Andrews. Also taught at the school WW2, 1941-46. Born in Newport, Fifeshire, Scotland. Married an OW, Thomas Hugh Redington, in 1910. TH Redington played for Wycombe Wanderers. 1884 1966
Austin, Stanley (Rev) 1907 1909 MA Retired from teaching to become a journalist in 1909. Ordained 1910. Chaplain in WW1, then commission in RA. Rector of Withersfield, Suffolk. Obit, May 65 Wyc. See also Oct 1936 Wyc. 1882e 1965
Griffiths, Ernest George (Science) 1907 1913 BA, BSc London University (both degrees). In the photo of six masters from 1908 in JI Mitchell's book (p28). CV (to 1920, from Teachers' Registration Council records): Science master - Wallingford GS, 1904; Kendal GS, 1904-07; RGS High Wycombe, 1907-13; Geography master - Guildford GS 1913-14. Science master - New College, Herne Bay, 1914-15; Aldenham School, Herts, 1915. Military Service, 1915-19. Chemistry master - Gravesend County School for Boys, 1920 onwards. (as at 01/04/1920) Lived Roberts Road, HW, with his widowed mother Annie in 1911. 1884 1948
Matthews, Reginald (Geography) 1909 1919 BA London University. Second master from 1913. Head of OTC [CCF] from 1912. In 1919, appointed head of Southwell Minster Grammar School, Nottinghamshire, where he stayed until retirement (1945). Son Robert killed on active service WW2. Retired to Stanley Crescent, London W11, with visits to family in Hull. Governor of two LCC secondary modern schools, exam invigilator, manager of a church school, 1951. (Apr 51 Wyc, May 59 Wyc, Sep 64 Wyc, p597). (Further info from Public Schools' Record of War Service: "MATTHEWS, Capt. R. Temp. Capt. O.C. Contingent. Lieut. Unattd. List (T.F.) 22/6/12. Temp. Capt. 17/10/18.") 1884 1973?
Norton-Fagge, Frederick Walter Langford Grantley 1909 1912   Boer war veteran, established school OTC [CCF]. Left to become headmaster of a government school in India. Died of disease on active service, Al Basrah, Persian Gulf. 1881 1916
Brand, Harold George (Deputy Head) (Maths, sport) 1911 1946 MA Queens' College, Cambridge. On return from WW1 in 1919 was Second Master (i.e. Deputy Headmaster) under GW Arnison and ER Tucker until 1946 when he retired. Served for a long period on the Western Front, WW1, first as a motor cycle despatch rider and later as a Signals Officer (Lt) in the Royal Engineers. Mentioned in dispatches, 1917. Boarded some pupils in his own house, post-WW1. Co-founder (with GW Arnison) of Old Wycombiensians RUFC (1928), "Brandy", "Brandy Balls". Mentioned playing tennis, 1951 (Sep 51 Wyc). Lived with his daughter Pauline at Parkwood, Woodborough, Notts, in 1955 (Apr 55 Wyc). (Further info from Public Schools' Record of War Service: "BRAND, Lieut. H. G. R.E., Sept. 1914, Motor Cyclist Despatch Rider. France (Ypres) 1915. Gazetted R.E. 2/7/16. France, Oct. 1916, attd. to Royal Naval Division. Beaumont Hamel, Vimy, Passchendaele, March Retreat and Bailleul 1918. Attd. 3rd Cavalry Div. Nov. 1918. Despatches 9/4/17.") 1886 1958
Morgan, Idris Aneurin 1912 1914 BA Wales. Captain, 11th Battn., South Wales Borderers, France, WW1. Killed in action, 17 April 1918, aged 28, and buried in Meteren Military Cemetery, France. From Breconshire, son of a farmer. (Further info from Public Schools' Record of War Service: "MORGAN, Capt. I. A. 2nd Lieut, 10th Bn. South Wales Borderers 1/2/15. France 15/7/16. Ypres, Passchen-daele. Attd. 2nd Bn. South Wales Border Regt and returned to the " Salient." Killed in action at Courte Croix, Meteren, 17/5/18.") 1889 1918
Fuller, Frank Price (science) 1913 (before) 1914 (after) BSc, ARCS London, Royal College of Science, 1907. Went on to be a head of Marling Technical School, Stroud, Gloucestershire, during the 1920s. 1886 1965
Rigg, Ronald Eustace 1913 (before) 1914 (after) BA London (graduated 1907). Born in Jaffna, Ceylon [Sri Lanka] Previously (1911) taught at Tynemouth. Attended (1901) Truro College. Ran RGS chess club in 1913. 1884 1949
Stamps, Walter John (drawing, visiting master) 1913 (before) 1914 (after) ARCA Became head of art (de facto headmaster), Wycombe Technical School, in 1911, later known as headmaster of the School of Art, until 1938. 1876 1964
Shaw Wilson, T (modelling, visiting master) 1913 (before) 1914 (after) ARCA      
Thetford, Charles Frederick (science?) 1914 1914 (after) BSc London (physics student, 1911, Norwich) Further info from Public Schools' OTC Record of War Service: "THETFORD, 2nd Lieut. C. F. R.A.M.C. 6/11/15. Transferred to Special Bde. R.E. 18/10/16. France 14/11/16—20/9/18. Arras, Hill 6o, Messines Ridge, Ypres, Dixmude, Somme, Bethune. No. 2 Offr. Cdt. Bn. Cambridge, 18/10/18—8/1/19. Gazetted 5th Bn. Norfolk Regt. (T.F.) 12/3/19.") 1889 1955
Berry, Arthur Montague (Rev) (History and Scripture) 1914 1933 BA Born Lee, Kent, 12/13 Feb 1873. Teaching in Guernsey c.1911-14, ordained 1917, curate of Hazlemere 1918, then rector of Horsenden and Ilmer. Vicar of Willen, Newport Pagnell, 1935-65. Four sons: Charles Arthur Francis Berry (1908-89), Oliver Leslie Berry (1919-90, old boy 1930-33 - Oliver Berry's son Montie V Berry also an OW, 1954-56), Montague Victor Berry (b 1921, died on active service in 1941 - sergeant, RAF Volunteer Reserve), Desmond Wilfrid Berry (1926-2004). (Obit May 68 Wyc.) 1873 1967
Eliot, Thomas Stearns 1915 1915 Various Celebrated poet TS Eliot spent one term teaching at the RGS. Order of Merit, 1948. Eliot taught French, mathematics, history, geography, drawing and swimming at the school for a stipend of £140 and one meal a day. (Source: Wycombiensian, Sept 1967, page 259) 1888 1965
Jones, Peter Lewis (Maths) 1916 1964 BA BA in Mathematics, Aberystwyth, University of Wales. "Piljy". Royal Welsh Fusiliers (not 2nd Lt., Norfolk Regt. Says Artists Rifles in May 1971 Wyc), WW1. Resident assistant housemaster, School House from 1919 to marriage in 1925, when he became Headmaster's secretary and careers master. Hon. Sec. of Old Wycombiensians 1935-. Headmaster of Junior School at Uplyme after WW2 until mid-1950s. Obit in May 1971 Wyc 1892 1970
Grant, George Alexander (Art, Woodwork) 1918 1958 - Art and Manual, "Gag(gy)". Retired in 1958. Sep 1958 Wyc. Ran Hobbies Club. 1892 1980
Robinson, Frederick Harold (Geography, Economics) 1919 1929 BSc, TD, Dipl.Comm. BSc (London), Dipl.Comm (Durham). Succeeded RW Matthews as Geography master and head of OTC [CCF]. Wrote a book, Economics in Everyday Life. 1929, head of Kinmel School, Abergele, Wales, then assistant master at Portsmouth GS. Held rank of Major in army (gazetted Sep 1939). Major and Second in Command of an Anti-Tank Regt. R.A.T.A. (1939). Temp. 2nd Lt., Durham Light Infantry, 18th Batt., 1914 (244787). Obit, Sep 69 Wyc. 1889 1969
Scotney, J (Science) 1919?   BSc at school in 1920    
Hurn, James Arthur (Physics) 1919? 1927?   (Photo in JI Mitchell book, p48) "Jimmy" (Sep 57 Wyc, p360). Married Florence Page, London 1916, daughter Margaret, born 1921. In 1911, student at "Science College", living Newport, Monmouthshire, born Pontyclun, S Wales. (1999 OW Newsletter, comments by John F Walter, RGS 1923-27.) 1889 1927
John, John Edgar (English) 1918 1932 MA, BA MA (Wales), BA (London). Attended Swansea GS and UCW at Aberystwyth. Graduated in Classics but taught English. Left in 1932 to become Head of Arts Dept, Technical College, Swansea. Still working as accountant in 1962 after giving up teaching in 1957. Edited Wycombiensian. Obit May 68 Wyc, also Sep 66 Wyc. 1889e 1967
McQueen, James Albert (French, Modern Languages) 1919 1947 Dipl. Lille Univ. Served in RA. "Jammy". Had taught on continent for many years before WW1. Mentioned in dispatches by the Italian C-in-C, 1918. Well-known as a footballer - played for Juventus in 1907, AC Torino in 1908 and was goalkeeper for a Marseilles team which won the French League Championship in 1912 (this is documented, with a photo of him, online). Born in London and brought up in an orphanage after his father had been killed. Retired 1947. (Apr 48 Wyc) Obit, May 1965 Wyc. Five sons were all at the RGS: Leslie James McQueen (RGS 1928-32), schoolmaster in Reading; Stanley V McQueen (RGS 1934-40), headmaster in Perivale; Richard L McQueen (RGS 1937-41), farmer; Edward B H McQueen (RGS 1938-44), rep for furniture company, cricketer; Ian R McQueen (RGS 1940-45), detective, Met Police. More details on the RGS Forum. 1882 1965
Marti, Alfred (Head of French, Music) 1919 1945 L. ès L. Lausanne. From Neuchatel, Switzerland, resident in England by 1911. Served in Swiss Army and taught in English secondary schools, coming from Sutton Valence School to the RGS. 1937 Grey Book gives his starting year as 1920. 1883 1945
Sumpter, Alfred John (PE) 1920s 1930s   Resided at RGS, 1929 (electoral register 1929; photo in JI Mitchell book, p48). Attended Kettering GS as a boy. Cruelly called "Soapy" as he had sustained a mouth injury in WW1 and had a permanent dribble as a result. (OW Newsletter, July 2005) Contracted malaria during WW1 service in East Africa (1917-18, Royal Engineers, Signals - army records). From Rothwell in Northamptonshire, where he resided in 1939 (census). 1896 1967
Richards, Arthur ("Dick") (English) 1920 1924 BA London University (degree in English and French. OW 1907-12 - first OW to return as a master. Commissioned, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, WW1, service in Salonica. Left 1924 to become head of English, Gravesend County School. Retired 1958. Obit May 66 Wyc. 1892e 1965
Baker, F G (Chemistry) 1921 1923 BA Bristol University. POW in both world wars. Emigrated to South Africa where his last job was as head of secondary school at Umtata Transkei, Cape Colony (retired c. 1962) (May 62 Wyc). Married the sister of OW Norman Harry Theed (1901-71, RGS 1912-19).    
Jevons, F W 1920s? 1920s?   (ref'd to as RGS master in Bucks Herald, 18 Feb 1922, page 2 - report of Old Wycombiensians Dinner)    
Cutts, F W 1920s? 1920s?   (ref'd to as RGS master in Bucks Herald, 18 Feb 1922, page 2 - report of Old Wycombiensians Dinner)    
Kelly, John Ernest 1924 1926 MA Oxford, and TD. Taught at Bristol Grammar School, 1926-42. Served with the Royal Artillery and killed in WW2. Rank at death, Major. One of three masters whose names appear on the school's WW2 roll of honour. Died 19 Jan 1942, 88 Field Regt., Singapore. Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Kelly, of Stockport, Lancashire; husband of (Annie) Leonora Kelly (née Morris), of Almondsbury, Gloucestershire (marr. 1929). 1894? 1942
Watt, S A (Physics) 1926e     (Photo in JI Mitchell book, p48) 1900?  
Harris, C G (Chemistry) 1926e     (Photo in JI Mitchell book, p48) 1890?  
Eady, F R 1926e     (Photo in JI Mitchell book, p48) 1890?  
Cook, S 1926e     (Photo in JI Mitchell book, p48) 1900?  
Millington, Edwin Charles (Science, Physics) 1928 1946 MSc, PhD University College, London (previously attended East Ham Technical College), 1st in Physics, 1924. Left 1946 to become HMI of Further Ed, London CC, later Senior Inspector. Interested in nautical education, author of books on subject. Obit May 67 Wyc. 1903 1967
Milner, John Charles (Captain) (History) 1928 1937+ MA, LLB Cambridge. Mentioned in the 1999 Old Boys Newsletter. (Listed in the 1936 Grey Book OTC section as Captain J.C. Milner.) Nickname "Tiny". Assistant master, Queen Mary's GS, Walsall, Staff, 1924-28; RGS, from 1928. 1899 1995
Morgan, Samuel (Deputy Head) (Geography) 1930 1973 BSc Leeds, "Sam". Headmaster, 1964/65. Second Master from 1946 until 1973. 1906 1991
Bicknell, Warden Newcomb (English, housemaster) 1930 1944 MA Exhibitioner, Jesus College, Oxford (matric. 1927). Sq Ldr, head of OTC [CCF] until 1944. Left to become head of Tadcaster GS. Ran Tuck Shop, edited The Wyc, coached Rugby, resident master in School House. 1909 1992
Wiles, Leslie Alfred (Dr) (Chemistry) 1931 1935   Head of Chemistry at RGS. OBE in 1965 Honours List. Principal Lecturer, Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham, in 1965. Keen cricketer (member of HWCC), JP. (May 1965 Wyc) School nickname "Willy" (ref. in July 2006 newsletter) 1908 1995
Hutchinson, John Frederick Michael (Classics) 1932 1936 MA Scholar, Brasenose College, Oxford. Born in Egypt. Left in 1936 to take up a post at Ampleforth College, Yorkshire. (Oct 1936 Wyc). Also coached rugby and cricket, assisted with drama and CCF. (Source: Stanley Hoffman recollections: he refers to him as 'R Hutchinson', Old Boys Newsletter 2005.) 160788 Lt., 6th Battn., Green Howards, killed at El Alamein, 24 June 1942, and one of three masters whose name appears on the school's WW2 roll of honour. 1908 1942
Tucker, Edmund Ronald (Head) (Classics) 1933 1964 MA Scholar, Jesus College, Oxford (matric. 1921; Hons. Mods., 1923, Class 2; Lit.Hum., 1925, Class 3) (also BA, London) "Boss". Obit, Sep 1964 Wyc. Wikipedia entry. JP from 1955. 1902 1964
Oliver, James N (Dr) (Physical Education) 1933 1936 BSc, PhD According to Oct 1936 Wyc, left to study at Carnegie Physical Training College, Leeds. Note in May 1965 Wyc Staff New: "DR. J. N. OLIVER (1933-36) was in charge of Physical Education at the R.G.S. before leaving to lecture at Loughborough Physical Training College. Since the war he has specialised in remedial treatment for handicapped children and his treatise on this subject gained him a Ph.D. He is by way of being an authority and has travelled widely in America."
Specialised in remedial treatment for handicapped children, rec'd PhD for his thesis, The interrelations between the various growth characteristics of educationally subnormal boys in residential schools, University of Birmingham, 1962-63. After specialising in Science, he became a lecturer in the Education Department, Birmingham University (1950s-1970s?). (He was listed in 1936 Grey Book OTC section as Lieutenant, (York & Lancaster Regt., S.R.O.) He has been cited as someone whose ground-breaking 1958 study, showing that physical exercise and activities for children with intellectual disabilities had positive effects that also carried over into the classroom, led indirectly to the founding of the Special Olympics.
   
Aldridge, Stanley Eaborn (English) 1934 1944 MA Downing College, Cambridge. Matric. 1926, BA 1929, MA 1934. Left to become head of English, Falmouth GS, according to one version, but to Senior English Master, Wolstanton GS, Newcastle-under-Lyne, according to the Jun 1945 Wyc. Helped with Junior Training Corps. Born in Coventry. In Cornwall in 1971 (May 1971 Wyc) 1907 1994
Crute, Francis George William (Music) 1930s     Mentioned in the 1999 Old Boys Newsletter. "Teacher of pianoforte & organ. Organist & choirmaster St. George's Camberwell S E" (Royal Society of Musicians) 1903 1953
Sheppard, G W (not officially on staff - games master?) 1930s 1937+   Mentioned in Oct 1936 Wyc in connection with cricket and sports. (Possible - there was a Geoffrey Allan Sheppard (1890-1940) who lived (and died) in Newbury, Berks. Played two county cricket matches for Worcestershire in 1919 - but the Wycombiensian gives the forename initials as GW more than once.)    
Price, Thomas H (Chemistry) 1935 1946 BSc BSc (Sp) Hons. 1926, London. Left RGS to become head of Victoria School, Watford. But Apr 47 Wyc says that he "was seconded to the post of Senior Lecturer in Science at the Englefield Green Emergency College." Nickname "Joe" (1999 OW Newsletter). D.O.B. 5 Sept 1905. 1905 1981
Roberts, John Owen (Classics) 1935 1951 BA Jesus College, Oxford (matric. 1931; Hons Mods, Class 2, 1933; Lit Hum, Class 3, 1935), left to become head of Classics and housemaster, Hardye's Dorchester GS. "Johnny". Major in WW2, awarded MC. (But Apr 47 Wyc says he returned from RAF in 1946!?) D.O.B. 4 Jan 1913. 1913 1998
Bailey, (George) Frederick (Music, visiting master) 1935 1945 LRAM Visiting Master. (Not listed in main staff list in Grey Book.) From 1941, musical director of the High Wycombe Musical Entertainment Society. Founded the Bucks Symphony Orchestra and conducted it from 1937. Founded the Bucks School of Music, and amongst his pupils was Paul Roberts (RGS 1960-67) who starred in several RGS G&S productions and later became a distinguished concert pianist. (More biographical info may be found here (page 6).) 1897 1979
Clark, Walter (Maths) 1936 1977 MA Selwyn College, Cambridge (Scholar). BA (Mathematical Tripos Part II), 1931. Senior Optimes in Maths Part II. MA 1935. Commissioned RA, in France, 1939. Resumed as Senior Maths Master, 1945. "Bulldog", "Wally". Deputy headmaster 1964/65. 1909 1989
Eastman, Charles Edward Cooper (History) 1936 1941 BA Also taught at the RGS before going up to Oxford (i.e. up to 1933). St Catherine's Society [College], Oxford (matric. 1933). Hons. degree in PPE. Married in summer of 1936. Head of OTC [CCF]. Left whilst on military service, WW2 (1941 or possibly 1943). Intelligence Corps. "Sissy". Dir. of training at Stewart & Lloyds, 1964. 1909 1984
Haworth, Christopher Matthew (Classics) 1936 1975 MA Foundation Scholar, St John's College, Cambridge. Matriculated 1931; Classical Tripos (Class 2 in Part I, 1933; followed by Class 1 in Part II, 1934); BA in 1934, and MA in 1938. Played rugby and cricket. Co-author (with LJ Ashford) of School History. Served with Indian Army during war - Lieutenant, Northumberland Fusiliers. Returned from RAOC to resume as Senior Classics Master, 1945. Master in charge of rugby from 1947 to 1958. Nickname "Kit" or "Poop". Died as the result of a car accident, summer of 1975. 1911 1975
Pattinson, Reginald (Science, Maths) 1936 1977 MA Hons. degree in Nat.Sci., Pembroke College, Cambridge. Golf for university, athletics colours for college. Rrepresented England in the Walker Cup, golf, 1949. "Patsy", "Moan". Married Jean Taylor, 1939. Housemaster, Tylers Wood. Head of CCF. Commissioned in RA, in France with BEF from 1939, resumed 1945. Succeeded Sam Morgan as deputy headmaster in 1973 (in conjunction with Mike Moffatt). Attended Bemrose School, Derby, where ERT had taught. In WW2, Dunkirk, Burma & India (School History, p105). Sons IRH (1962-69) and MR (1953-60) attended the school. 1913 1977
Polmear, Nicholas 1936 1939 MA, DipEd Hons. degree, modern languages, King's College, London. MA (1935). Before RGS, Before RGS, taught for a year at Westminster City School and for four years at Guisborough Grammar School. Assistant Secretary for Higher Education, Bucks County Education Authority, 1945. Chief Education Officer, Canterbury (1962). (Oct 1936 Wyc, Jun 45 Wyc). D.O.B. 4 May 1910 (1939 census). ARP Warden during war. 1910 1995?
Hood, Thomas Eggleton (Biology) 1937 1955 BSc London. "Cruiser", "Tom". Left to teach at Torquay GS. Capt, RASC, WW2, resumed 1945. 1914 1999
Davies, Mervyn Mort (Mod. Languages) 1937 1979 BA University College of Swansea, Wales. "Taffy". Housemaster, Uplyme. Head of German, 1960. Ran tennis team. Hon. Sec. of old boys' club from 1962 to 1979. Captain, Intelligence Corps, WW2. 1914 2005
Aitchison, James Eric (sports) 1937 1944 Dipl. Carn. (Carnegie?). Killed at Anzio, 4 February 1944, WW2, and one of three masters whose name appears on the school's WW2 roll of honour. Capt., Royal Artillery. From Cumberland. County rugby player, rock climber. (School History, p104) 1915 1944
Toovey, Harold Sydney (student teacher, VI Form) 1937 1937   Listed as a student teacher in the list of pupils in the sixth form for 1937. OW 1931-? 1920 2006
Cave, Arthur Cyril (History) 1938 1947 BA London. Not listed in 1943 or 1944 Grey Books. Married Margaret Thompson, 1939 (Sept 1939 Wyc). Returned from N.F.S. (? - Jun 1945 Wyc) to resume as Senior History Master, 1945. Left in 1947, seconded from Buckinghamshire as Senior Lecturer in History at the Harrogate Emergency Training College. (Apr 48 Wyc) 1910 1983
Griffiths, R C 1939 1939 BA One term as temp. master, 1939. "congratulations... on gaining a high position in the examination for appointment to the Executive Branch of the Home Civil Service. He has been given a post at the Admiralty." (Sep 1939 Wyc)    
Stevens, John H (English) 1939 1946 BA Cambridge, Peterhouse, high hons. degree, English and French. Accomplished musician. Left almost immediately after appointment to RGS to serve as Lt with RN during WW2, resumed 1945. In 1946 "returned to Peterhouse, Cambridge to study medicine." (Apr 47 Wyc). D.o.b. 17 Jan 1914 (source 1939 census). 1914  
Thomas, Harry Rees (Economics, History) 1939 1951 MA St Edmund Hall, Oxford (matric. 1934; BA, PPE, 1936). Previously BA in History, Swansea, Wales. Not listed in Grey Books, 1943-45 - in RA but returned in 1946. "Represented Swansea University at cricket, gained a half-blue for swimming at Oxford and played association football for his college." Master-in-charge, tennis. Left to teach at Tottenham County School (Sep 51 Wyc) 1914 1992
Land, Frank William (Dr) (Mathematics) 1939 1945 (bef) PhD, MSc London, King's College, 1st in Maths (1931), MSc (1932). "Armitage-Smith Prizeman at Birkbeck College in 1936 and took his Ph.D. in 1937. He has been Lecturer in Mathematics at the College of St. Mark and St. John, and Birkbeck College, London. He is married and has a small son. His main game is association football." (Sep 1939 Wyc) "Populariser of mathematics and a professor of mathematics at Hull University." (Wikipedia) 1911 1990
Kay, G A (Chemistry?) 1939 1945 (bef) BSc Liverpool, Chemistry. "keen on dramatics and music" (Sep 1939 Wyc)    
Waite, Raymond Haley (Mod.Lang and PT) 1939? ?   Lodging with Nicholas Polmear (q.v.) at the time of the 1939 census. May have been teaching at a different school? D.O.B. 27 Jun 1913. 1913 1991
Milbourn, Frank McLaren (Maths) 1939? ? BSc London University. Lodging at the school, with his wife Winifred, at the time of the 1939 census but may have been attached to an evacuated school (Brentford/Chiswick?). D.O.B. 7 Mar 1902. 1902 1973
Janes, Evelyne Betty (Mrs) / Hemming, E B (Miss) 1940 1945 (bef) - Dartford (teacher training?) . Referred to as Miss E B Hemming (1940 Grey Book) but as 'Mrs Allan Janes' (Apr 48 Wyc) Allan Edward M Janes (1905-87) was, I think, an OW and founded his eponymous law firm in HW in 1931. He married Evelyne Betty Hemming in 1935, Kensington, Middx. 1905 1994
Black, Charlie (Maths) 1940 1946 MA Cambridge. See Richard Rance letter, July 2003 newsletter. After RGS, "joined the staff of a Training College at Cheltenham." (Apr 47 Wyc)    
Seymour, Percy Ambrose (Classics) 1940 1946 MA Jesus College, Oxford (Scholar, matric. 1910, 1st in Greats). See Wikipedia entry. Born in Australia, was a classics fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, 1924-43, where he was tutor to ER Tucker, acc Jun 45 Wyc) and bursar of same 1930-35. Left RGS to become Vice-Master of Ormond College (University of Melbourne) in 1949. Obit, April 1955 Wyc. 1887 1954
Moore, C H (Modern Languages) 1940 1947 PhD, MA London. Returned from Army Education Dept, 1945.    
Somerset, Ernest J (Classics) 1940 1945 MA Hertford College, Oxford (Matric. 1905) 1887 1974
Ross, M D (Miss) (Biology) 1940 1945 BSc London. See Richard Rance letter, July 2003 newsletter.    
Savage, Sydney Albert (English & French) 1940 1944 - Teacher training at St Luke's College, Exeter. Previous to RGS, taught for a while in Yorkshire, then Germaine Street School, Chesham, then to the RGS on recommendation of HMI. See Richard Rance letter, July 2003 newsletter. 1904 1944
Johnson, Horace W (Maths) 1940 1962 - Culham. OW 1930-36, colours for cricket. "Hosh". Left to teach at King Edward VI GS, Louth. 1918 1986?
Dagnall, John Henry Alan (Modern Languages) 1940 1941 L. ès L. Sorbonne. Service in Egypt & Palestine, WW1 in HAC (gunner). Gazetted as 2nd Lt., RGS OTC, November 1941. (Jun 45 Wyc) 1895 1977
Redington, Janet (Mrs) (Greek, Latin) 1941 1946   See above, under Miss Janet Douglas, 1907. Nickname "Ma Redington". Finally left in 1945 to take up a post at Godstowe School, High Wycombe. 1884 1966
McAvan, Gordon William (Rev) (Scripture, History) 1941 1945 A.K.C. London. OW 1929-37. Warden of St Andrew's School, Mauritius, 1940-58. Canon of St James' Cathedral, Mauritius (1959). War-time curate at West Wycombe Parish Church. OBE (1962) for services to education in Mauritius. Vicar of Cantley, near Doncaster (1963). Left in 1945 to become chaplain at Radley College. 1918 1990
Baker, Adelaide Maud (Miss) (History) 1941 1945 PhD, BA St Hugh's College, Oxford; MA in 1922. PhD (London). (According to the Oxford University Calendar for 1938, was then "Mrs Holt" but this doesn't tally with her marital status at RGS in 1941) 1898? 1991?
Kernick, G (Mrs) (preparatory form) 1941 1945 - N.F.U. (?). Helped with the School Play, the War Savings, the football and cricket teas and in the Boarding House.    
Seal, E (Mrs) (modern languages) 1941 1944 BA Wales.    
Richardson, W (Rev) (Classics) 1941? 1945 (bef) BA "Tutor and Vice-Principal at Ripon Hall, Oxford" (whilst simultaneously teaching at RGS) (Jun 45 Wyc)    
Speakman, Stanley Owen (Mod.Lang., including Spanish) 1942 1945 MA, BLitt St Catherine's Society [College], Oxford. Graduated in 1933 (BA or BLitt?) 1910 1978
Killick, C G (Miss) 1942 1944 BA London. See Richard Rance letter, July 2003 newsletter. "Young and beautiful."    
Turner, N H (Miss) (Physics) 1942 1945 BSc, A.K.C. London. See Richard Rance letter, July 2003 newsletter.    
Hicks, E (Miss or Mrs) 1942 1944 BA Wales.    
Rees, H Bryn (English, History & Economics) 1943 1945 BA Wales. "Taffy". Left to teach at Newland Park Training College, 1945. Master in charge of rugby. Obit, Sept 1964 Wyc. 1904 1964
Hett, Alan Stanley (French) 1943 1964 MA Oriel College, Oxford (matric. 1919, BA 1921). "Crap(py)". Trainee pilot, RFC, WW1, but suffered a crash in 1916. Obit May 1968 Wyc. Absent from RGS in 1947-48, one-year teaching post at Trinity College School, Port Hope, Ontario, Canada. At outbreak of WW2 in 1939 was living in Harrow and working as an English teacher. D.O.B. 14 Feb 1898. 1898 1967
Cowie, Leonard Wallace (Rev) (Scripture, History) 1943 1945 BA Pembroke College, Oxford (matric. 1938). Left to become Chaplain and Lecturer to St. Mark’s Training College, Chelsea. 1919 2004
Jordan, A L (Mrs) (German, French) 1943 1945 BA Australia.    
Brown, E M L (Miss) (Science) 1943 1946 BSc London. Left "to take up a post in a girls' school." (Apr 47 Wyc) Taught in Portsmouth in the 1970s (Source: http://www.rgsow.com/media/May_2003.pdf)    
Boddy, Zoe Cecilia Unity (Miss) (PT) 1943 1946 - Educ. Chelsea. Head Girl, Wycombe High School, 1930s. "... whose zest and gaiety in the discharge of her duties with P.T. cannot easily be replaced." (Jun 46 Wyc) Was alleged (by Air Vice-Marshall PS Collins, in the 2009 OW Newsletter) to have been engaged at some point to HW Johnson. Married Thomas Rayner, 1950, and lived at Hicknaham Farm, Littleworth Common. Mentioned in former Home Secretary Alan Johnson's autobiography Please, Mister Postman. See Telegraph article here. 1922 2011
Hartman-Smith, H (Mrs) 1940s 1945 (bef) PhD (Jun 45 Wyc)    
Eagers, Walter William 1940s 1945 (bef) BA (Jun 45 Wyc) 1908 1965
Pollak, Viktor 1940s 1945 (bef) PhD (Jun 45 Wyc) D.O.B. 18 Mar 1884. A medical doctor, with a degree from Prague University in 1908. 1884 1946
Segger, Sydney Walter (prob. taught French) 1940s 1945 (bef) BA Cambridge. Teacher at Dauntsey School, Wiltshire, in 1927. After WW2 moved on to Bournemouth, still at same address in 1967. Author of school French text books. (Jun 45 Wyc) 1902 1967
Barnett, K P 1940s 1945 (bef)   (Jun 45 Wyc)    
Stevens, Denis William 1940s 1945 (bef)   (Jun 45 Wyc) I think this is Denis William Stevens, OW 1933-39, who went on to become a British musicologist (specialising in early music), conductor, professor of music and radio producer. Wikipedia entry. 1922 2004
Thorne, N 1940s 1945 (bef)   Mentioned in the June 1945 Wyc as having been a master at the school during the war but left by time of publication.    
Havers, K (Miss) 1940s 1945 (bef)   (Jun 45 Wyc)    
Newton, E M (Mrs) 1940s 1945 (bef) BA (Jun 45 Wyc)    
Lord, Irene Joyce (Miss) (school secretary) 1940s 1946   Left to become assistant treasurer at Somerville College, Oxford (Apr 47 Wyc - exc that it refers to Somerville as 'Somerfield'). 1919  
Pollard, Grace Georgina Brindley (Miss) (Latin) 1943 1946 BA London. Had been a 'land girl' in the earlier part of the war. Ref here. "Returned to her work at Wycombe Abbey School." (Apr 47 Wyc) "Austere and dignified" (Air Vice Marshall PS Collins, 2009 OW Newsletter) 1899 1995
Tucker, James Axten (Maths) 1944 1950 - Culham. OW 1917-23. "Boswell". Became deputy head of Hatters Lane Secondary (Modern) School. Returned to teach at RGS p/t 1966-77. 1906 1986
Wears-Taylor, Catherine Emma (Mrs, née Polkinhorne) 1944 1945 BA London. 1900 1965
Standing, Alfred George (English) 1944 1948 MA Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Matriculated 1925 (followed by BA 1928, MA 1932). Educated at Elmfield College, Yorkshire. Came in 1944 as Senior English master from Stretford GS. "Left at the end of the Autumn Term to take up an appointment as headmaster of Ashton-in-Makerfield Grammar School in Lancashire." (Feb 49 Wyc) 1907? 1985?
Goulborn, Peggy (Mrs, née Millhouse) 1944 1946 BA Reading. Wife of Sydney Aubrey Goulborn (1917-88, OW 1928-36, Mayor of HW 1968). Mother of OW Sydney Charles Robert Goulborn (RGS 1957-64). Deputy Head, Castlefield Infants' School until 1963, from Sep 1963 taught at Godstowe School, HW (Sep 63 Wyc) 1918 1971
Jenner, D (Miss) (German, P/T) 1944 1946 BA London. Left to teach at the Wycombe High School.    
Shepherd, J (Miss) (English, French & History) 1944 1946 BA London, Royal Holloway College.    
Shepherd, B M (Miss) 1940s 1945 (bef) BA (Jun 45 Wyc)    
Maxwell, Margaret Mary (Miss) 1944 1945 BA St Anne’s College, Oxford (matric. 1941). 1922 2005
Shaw, Edwin William (Rev) (English) 1944 1947 BA, BD London. Also vicar of St Francis' Church, Terriers (1929-62). Taught part-time at the RGS. 1891 1973
Savege, Marion Garland C (Mrs) (French) 1944 1946 BA London, University College. 1913 1991
Rainbow, Bernarr Joseph George (Music) 1944 1952 ARCM, LGSM, LTCL London. "Ben". Organist, Wycombe Parish Church. Note in May 1968 Wyc. Wrote book 'The Land Without Music'. Provided teacher training at College of St Mark and St John, London. 1914 1998
Edwards, J 1944 1951 BA Wales, University College, Cardiff. "Jimmy". Educated at Pontllanfraith Secondary School. Left to teach at Nantyglo GS.    
Hart, J 1945 1946 MA Glasgow. Educ. Hyndland Secondary School, Glasgow. After RGS, "joined the staff of a Training College at St. Alban’s." (Apr 47 Wyc)    
Hollingworth, Lewis Tom (English) 1945 1971 BA Reading University. "Holly", "Uncle H". Obit Sep 1971 Wyc. Attended Bemrose School, Derby, where ERT had taught. 1909 1971
Beresford, Harold Beaumont (Modern Languages) 1945 1946 MA Fitzwilliam House [College], Cambridge (June 46 Wyc says BA, London). Came from Surbiton County GS, left at the end of the Easter Term [1946] to take up the post of Senior Modern Language Master at The Holt High School, Liverpool. 1951, left for Australia. PhD, University of KwaZulu, Natal, 1960. 1915?  
Eldridge, Frederick Stanley J (Modern Lang.) 1945 1957 BA London. Came from Dunstable GS to teach Modern Languages. Left to become head of Mod.Lang., Sudbury GS. "Fred". Still there in 1968. (May 68 Wyc) 1915 1996
Howard, Reginald (English) 1945 1955 BA Leeds. Left to teach at British School, Istanbul. "Reggie", "Uncle Reg". 1924 1987
Hudson, J (Biology) 1945 1946 MA Oxford. Came from Bishop Wordsworth’s School, Salisbury. (Jun 46 Wyc) Left at end of the Autumn Term 1946 "to take up research work with a manufacturing firm in High Wycombe." (Apr 47 Wyc)    
Price, S (Rev) (History) 1945 1946 - "Vicar of Hazlemere, who very kindly came in to assist with the teaching of History, was permitted to return to his proper labours at the end of the Easter Term." (Jun 46 Wyc)    
Sheppard, Thomas Vincent (Geography) 1945 1968 MSc London. "Tus". Retired Xmas 1968. Born in 1908 in Ningpo, China, where his father was a Methodist missionary. Came to the UK with his family in 1920. Thought to have been a merchant seaman for some time in the 1920s. Came to the RGS from the RAF and previously from a post at King’s Norton Grammar School, Birmingham. (Jun 46 Wyc) 1908 1986
Emery, Ronald Frank (PT) 1945 1948 - Culham. OW 1927-33. Came from the RAF and previously from Mill End Senior School, to take charge of Physical Training. Left to join his father's business. (Feb 49 Wyc) 1915 1997
Mewse, Ewart (Physics, Head of Science) 1946 1968 MSc, MEd Durham. "Pussy". Sqn. Ldr., RAF. "Came from the RAF and previously from Rutherford College, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where he was Senior Science Master, to be Senior Physics Master" (Jun 46 Wyc) Link to his 1934 M.Ed. (Durham University) thesis ("The Relation Bewteen Artistic Ability and Intelligence") 1902 1984
Gilbert, Mark (Modern Languages, head of dept) 1946 1947 MA, BSc (Econ) Downing College, Cambridge. BA 1929, MA 1933, also BSc (Econ) London. Came from RAF and previously Wigan GS to be head of Modern Languages. Left to take up an appointment as Lecturer in Education in Durham University at King’s College, Newcastle upon Tyne. (Apr 48 Wyc) 1907-9?  
Thompson, R W (Spanish) 1946 1948 BA Dublin. (Mod.), B.A. (T.C.D.) Left for a school in Madrid. (Feb 49 Wyc)    
Scott, Herbert (Bert) (Maths) 1946 1982 MA St John's College, Cambridge. Exhibition in Maths from Stourbridge GS. Senior Optimes, 1938. Served in RA, WW2. "Doggie", "Bert". Founded the Uplyme boarding house, in conjunction with Reg Howard. Married the school secretary, Joan Potter, in 1955. (Obit, Jan 2006 OW Newsletter, also article in May 2005 OW Newsletter by Roger File) 1917 2005
Male, Stanley Albert (Classics) 1946 1966 MA Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. BA 1928 (1st Class in Classical Tripos Part II), MA 1933.. "Sam", "Barshoe". Came from Royal Army Education Corps and previously Harrogate GS. (Apr 47 Wyc) Left to go to Cambridgeshire High School for Boys. Son Anthony D Male was at RGS, 1958-65. 1907 1997
Jones, Gwilym Melville (Maths & Science) 1946 1955 BSc Wales. "Ginger", "Mel". Came to RGS from Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough. Left to become head of Maths, Langley GS. (Obit, Jan 07, p14, but it seems to have errors - confusion over name and dates at school). Also, confusion with the RGS Senior Chemistry Master, (W) G Jones (1949-51, who became Headmaster of Machynlleth Grammar School), see below. The linked article on Tony Hare's RGS site is definitive. His son GD Jones was an OW (1955-62). (Sep 1969 Wyc) 1914 2005
Leggett, Arthur Deeker (Physics, Science) 1946 1976 MA Lincoln College, Oxford (matric. 1931; BA 1934, Physics Class 3). "Alpha". Also BSc (London). RAF during war. Attended Lewisham Grammar School. Before RGS, taught at Repton, Doncaster GS, St Alban's School and Sir John Deane's School, Northwich GS. (Obit, Old Boys Newsletter 2000) 1911 2000
Fowlds, Edgar 1946 1947 MA Clare College, Cambridge. Matriculated 1935 (followed by BA in 1938, MA in 1946.) Left in 1947 to take up an administrative appointment at Chesterfield in the office of the North-East Derbyshire Divisional Executive. 1916 1978
Mellor, R (Miss) (school secretary) 1946          
Cartwright, W (Modern Languages) 1947 1948 MA Cambridge. Previously at Shrewsbury School (Apr 48 Wyc). Left to teach at Oundle School. (Feb 49 Wyc)    
Hirst, R[obert?] C (Biology) 1947 1949 BSc Manchester. Previously at Friends' Relief Service. (Apr 48 Wyc) Not known where he left for. (Possible candidate - in Ashton-under-Lyne at time of 1939 census, Lance-Corporal, 2/9th Manchester Regiment) 1917?  
Browning, George Gordon (Religious Knowledge, History) 1947 1974 MA Oriel College, Oxford (matric. 1930). "Doc", "Doc Muffin". Before the war he had taught at Ranchi, India, and served with the India army during WW2. Previous to RGS, he had been on the staff of 29 British Brigade Group in India. (Apr 48 Wyc) As well as teaching RE and history, he was QM to the CCF and careers master for many years at RGS. Attended King's School, Gloucester, before Oxford, and later St Augustine's, Canterbury. Crossword expert and bee-keeper. Retired to Iwerne Minster, Dorset. (Obit, Old Boys Newsletter, 2000) 1910 1999
Kemp, James Herbert (Chemistry) 1947 1949 BA Scholar of St John's, Cambridge. Matriculated, 1931; double first in Natural Sciences (chemistry) - Part I in 1933, Part II in 1934. BA, 1934. Previously to RGS had been in an industrial post. (Apr 48 Wyc) 1912 2006
Jones, Emlyn (Mod. Languages) 1947 1971 BA Cardiff. "Chunk(ie)", "Pa Chunk". Head of Mod.Lang. from 1952. Obit, Sep 1971 Wyc. Previous to RGS, had taught at Cowley GS, St Helens, Lancashire. 1905 1971
Cowan, James Patrick (Mod. Languages) 1947 1952 MA St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. Matriculated 1929 (followed by BA 1932, MA 1946). Head of Modern Languages at RGS, 1947-52. Previously at Bradford Grammar School. 1910 1979
Ashford, Leslie Joseph (History) 1947 1960 MA After attending Latymer Upper School, won scholarship to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Matric. 1931, BA 1934 (2/1 in Historical Tripos Part II), MA 1939. Head of History at RGS 1947-60. Previous to RGS, taught at Keighley GS. (Apr 48 Wyc) Left RGS in 1960 to become headmaster of Burnham Grammar School. Co-author of school history (with CM Haworth); author of history of High Wycombe from its origins to 1880 (Routledge & Paul 1960). Nicknames variously "Joe", "Les", "Bill", "Ash". ("Bill" was a later nickname, from about 1958, when the history department consisted of him and David "Benny" Jones, known together as "Bill and Ben, history men", à la The Flowerpot Men on TV.) 1912 2007
Coventry, Alan Arthur William (Modern Languages) 1947 1954 BA Reading, BA in 1940 and Dipl.Ed. Army in East Africa, six years. "Killer" or "Curly". OW 1929-33. Obit, April 1955 Wyc. Wife Margery and daughter Ruth. 1915 1954
Piner, Lewis Wilfrid/Wilfred (Music) 1947 1957 FRCO, ARCM Royal College of Organists. "Lou", "Pinhead". Obit Sep 1957 Wyc. Previous to RGS, was organist of Holy Trinity, Windsor. (Apr 48 Wyc) Became a full-time teacher at the RGS in 1950. 1909 1957
Owen, E (bursar) 1947     Previously from the High Wycombe Town Clerk’s Office. (Apr 48 Wyc)    
Young, Glyndwr, M.C. (Mod.Lang.) 1948 1952 BA Bristol. Won MC in Burma, 1945. Joined RGS "from the Royal Corps of Signals in which he served in Wingate’s Special Force and in 19th Indian Division". (Feb 49 Wyc) Died aged 92. Left to teach at Dauntsey's, nr Devizes. Head of Hardley County Secondary School from 1959. Head of Gosport County GS in 1969. (May 68 Wyc) 1921(?) 2013
White, Neville Hall (Mod.Lang, espec. Spanish; English) 1948 1963 MA St John’s College, Cambridge. Matric. 1941, BA 1947 (2/2 in Spanish), MA 1949. Fl.Lt in RAF, WW2. "Blanco". Head of Languages at SE Berks Coll, Bracknell, 1965. 1922 1985
Rees, William Aubrey (PT) 1949 1954/55/56 BA Wales, also Dip. Loughborough. "Aubrey". Head of PT from 1949. Left to become a salesman for BP. 1915 1987
Day, E H (English and History, student teacher) 1949 1949 BA Cambridge    
Parnaby, John D (English and History, student teacher) 1949 1949 BA Oxford. 1923  
Davies, I (Mrs) (Biology) 1949   BSc Wales.    
Hills, (Arnold) Charles (English) 1949 1977 MA, A.K.C. London. "Min" (earlier "Pinhead", "Dome"). Known as "Charles" to colleagues. Senior English master from 1949, previously at Alderman Newton’s School, Leicester. 1912 1995
Jones, (W) G (Chemistry) 1949 1951 BSc

Wales. (Same name, qualification and university as G M Jones above! Death wrongly recorded in the July 2005 OW newsletter - this was 'Mel' Jones - see above. Senior Chemistry Master from 1949 to 1951. Left to become Headmaster of Machynlleth GS.

   
Room, H (Mod. Lang., student teacher, one-term) 1950 1950 BA Oxford.    
Ainsworth, E (PT, student teacher, one-term) 1950 1950   Newlands [Newland Park] College.    
Evely, John Page (Maths) 1950 1959 BA London (also St. Luke's, Exeter). "Jock". Son Anthony at RGS (1963-68). 1921 1986
Runswick, Adrian Lester (English) 1950 1960 MA Jesus College, Cambridge. (Matriculated-1945; 1947-English Tripos Part I, Class 2/2; 1948-English Tripos Part II, Class 1. BA-1948.) "Beaky". Left to become head of English, University College Sch, Hampstead. Later English lecturer at an RC teacher training college in Leeds (1967) (May 67 Wyc) 1927 2010
Martinie, Monsieur (French assistant) 1951 1951        
Perfect, (Ernest) John (English, Russian) 1951 1988 BA Lincoln College, Oxford (matric. 1946). "Polly". Known to colleagues as 'John'. Son (Martin) at RGS. Obit, Jan 2007 OW newsletter. 1922 2006
Sladden, Cyril Edgar (Chemistry) 1951 1959 MA Christ Church, Oxford (Exhibitioner) (matric. 1909). "Dewdrop". Awarded M.C. and D.S.O., WW1. Prior to RGS, taught at Eton College, became Senior Chemistry Master at RGS, 1951. Living in Evesham, 1968. 1890 1974
Hayes, M J (Chemistry) 1951 1952 BSc Leeds. Before RGS, taught at Marylebone GS. (Sep 51 Wyc). Left to carry out research work.    
Benson, John Beethom (Classics) 1951 1963 MA Christ’s College, Cambridge (Scholar). Matric. 1946. Double first in classics (BA after Part I in 1948, then Part II in 1949). "Beaky", "Tiny". 1929?  
Lloyd, J G (History) 1951 1958 MA Jesus College, Oxford (Scholar; matric. 1945). "Adolf". In 1962 was in Sutton Coldfield, John Wilmott GS. Sep 62 Wyc.    
Thacker, P W (Classics, one-term) 1951 1951   Classics & cricket, summer term only.    
Engler, - (teaching practice) 1951 1951 BA Reading. Teaching practice.    
Bowden, Mr (bursar) 1951     Replaced Mr Scattergood as bursar in April 1951 (Mr Scattergood's dates not known)    
Barnes, Donald J (Mod. Lang.) 1952 1956 BA Liverpool. "Wally". In 1962 was in Middlesbrough.    
Ingate, David W G (Music) 1952 1956? FRCO, ARCM (Living, Diss, Norfolk, 2013) 1930  
Morgan, G E 1952 1955/56 BSc Bristol.    
Muschamp, George Allen Rodolphe 1953 1956 MA School bursar. Started in the RAF on the day of its foundation (1 April 1918) and served to his retirement in February 1953 as a Group Captain. Chairman of RAF Cycling Association, athletics (one mile), cross country runner, tennis player, bridge player, golfer, mountaineer and photographer. Son, John Edward George Muschamp (1923-45), who attended Haileybury, Lancaster bomber pilot, was killed over the Ruhr in February 1945. 1898 1956
Nicholas, Arthur Leary (Mod. Languages) 1953 1958 BA Jesus College, Oxford (matric. 1947). Did his teaching practice at RGS in 1951. "Nick". Qualified as barrister. Left to teach at a comp in Coventry, later in Leeds. (May 1965 Wyc, May 67 Wyc). 1925  
Nightingale, David T (games) 1953 1961 - Culham. "Tweet" (as a master). OW 1940-45 (when his nickname was "Nifty" - played 1st XV and captain of 1st XI cricket). Head of PT and Naval section CCF. Left to teach at Scarborough College School. Later Estate Manager of Harleyford Manor Estate, near Marlow (1968), director of same (1972). Married Jennifer Tetley, 1954. 1929  
Stanley, G B (Student teacher) 1954 1954   Reading University.    
Jacobsen, W (Student teacher) 1954 1954   Reading University.    
Rattray, Thomas K C (Student teacher) 1954 1954   Oxford University. 1930  
Chapman, Guy Basil Granville (Physics) 1954 1964 BA Christ's College, Cambridge (after attending Epsom College). Matric. 1923. BA 1926 (3rd class, Natural Sciences Part I). Colonial Service, Lagos. Left to be head of Physics "at a large grammar school". Refs to him in Roger Scruton books. Father of Sir Timothy Granville-Chapman (born 1947), former Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff of the British Armed Forces. 1905 1976
Dalton, James Joseph D (Classics) 1954   BA Cambridge. 1925 1996
Simpson, John Edmund (Rev) (Maths) 1954 1959 MA Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Also BSc (London). Educ. Morpeth GS. Rector of Denham and a former (1935-37) headmaster of Dr Challoner's (Amersham) Grammar School. Head of Heanor Secondary School (1942-45), Vice-Principal, St Paul's Training College, Cheltenham, from 1946. Ordained, 1945, by the Bishop of Derby in Heanor Parish Church. Son of William E Simpson, Morpeth, m. 1930 to Marjorie Violet Erskine Stuart, at Headingley Wesleyan Church, Leeds. Died Basle, Switzerland. 1905 1970
Skipp, Arthur John (Rev) (English) 1954 1980s? MA Emmanuel College, Cambridge (Exhibitioner 1937-40– see Honours Board in the RGS!). Matric. 1937, BA (in English) 1941, MA 1944. Commissioned in the Buffs (East Kent Regt), WW2, left service as Major. Worked with British Institute of Education and Arts Council after the war. Ordained Deacon, 1953, priest, 1954. Prior to joining the staff full-time, did some classics teaching at RGS. School chaplain & housemaster. Known to colleagues as "John". OW. Mayor of High Wycombe, 1970/71. 1918 1987
Wilson, Doris Mary (Mrs) (Maths) 1954 1982 BSc London. "Doris". Attended Wycombe High School. First permanent female member of staff after WW2. Organised box offices for school concerts and plays. Retired to Speen with her husband Clifford. Maiden name Doris Mary Gee, she and Clifford Wilson married in 1942, and their three sons Peter (b 1943), Robin (b 1946) and Anthony (b 1949), attended the RGS. 1919 1999
Hall (English, French, student teacher) 1955 1955        
Palmer (Classics, student teacher) 1955 1955        
Walters, Thomas Charles (Biology) 1955 1959 MA Fitzwilliam House [College], Cambridge. Matriculated 1947 (followed by BA 1949, MA 1954.) In 1966, head of Biology, Borough Road Training College, London. May 66 Wyc.    
Bur, André Peire/Pierre (French) 1955 1962 L-es-L Paris & Lille. Left to teach at Carisbrooke GS, on the Isle of Wight. 1918 1986
Davies, Alan (English) 1955 1957 BA Corpus Christi College, Oxford (m-1950; BA after finals, 1953; MA 1957). Left to teach at QES Barnet. 1958-62 Kenya. Research at Birmingham University. In 1966, at Edinburgh University, lecturing on applied linguistics. Article on 'Use of English' published by Chatto & Windus. Notes, May 1963, May 1965, May 66 Wycs.    
Morgan, Gareth (Dr) (Classics) 1955 1957 MA Cambridge. Awarded D.Phil (Oxford) in 1956 ("Cretan Poetry Under the Venetians, 1210-1669"). Went to Senior Classics post at Raynes Park. Sep 1957 Wyc.    
Pelmore, Denis Rudolf (Chemistry) 1955 1964 MA Emmanuel College, Cambridge (Scholar). Matriculated, 1933; Natural Sciences, Part 1, in 1935 (Class 1); BA in 1936, after Natural Sciences Part 2 (Class 2/1 in chemistry). Nickname "Drip". Father's name Rudolf Albright Pfleiderer, changed family name by deed poll (1915). After RGS, went to Christ's Hospital, to teach Chemistry. 1914 2010
Dawes, James Swinnerton (Music) 1956 1968 MA, Mus.B, ARCO Queens’ College, Cambridge. BA 1931, Mus.B. 1932, MA 1937. "Jack". Went to a 'similar post' at a Roman Catholic school at Slough. 1910 1991
Hall, Alan H (games) 1956 1959 Dip. Bognor Regis & Carnegie College. Left to go to Rickmansworth GS as head of PT.    
Bridges, M (Physics) 1956 1959 BSc London. Left to become head of Physics at Hereford School.    
Edginton, Denis Cecil F (Mod. Languages) 1956 1959 MA Jesus College, Oxford (matric. 1945). In Educational Admin, Winchester, 1968. (May 68 Wyc) 1927 2006
Harley, A J (Dr) 1956 1957 BSc Leeds. Left to teach at Huddersfield New College.    
Wood, Winifred Leyton (Mrs, née Lanagan) (Maths) 1956 1965 MA, PhD Cambridge. "Winnie". Also a J.P. Before RGS worked on ciphers at GCHQ, after RGS lectured at Reading University. Married to Sir Alan Muir Wood (1921-2009), eminent engineer. Three sons at RGS: Paul (b 1947), David (b 1949), Robert (b 1951). 1921 2009
Brown, P D (Music) 1956 1957 BMus, LRAM, ATCL London. (Temporary while LW Piner was ill). Went to teach Music in Bristol.    
Adams, D A (Chemistry) 1957 1958 BSc London. Left to become M-in-C of Chemistry, Magdalen College School, Brackley.    
Broadbridge, Derek Walter (English) 1957 1959 BA New College, Oxford (matric. 1945). Left to become head of English at the Vyners School, Ickenham Grammar School. 1927 1989
Curry, David John (Classics) 1958 1962 MA St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. Matric. 1942, BA 1948 (2/1 in classics). Had been with Nigerian Admin Service until 1957. 1924  
Eames, Alexander Richard (Chemistry) 1957 1961 BA St Peter's Hall [College], Oxford (matric. 1953, BA 1956, Class 1 in Chemistry Part I; Class 2 in Chemistry Part 2, 1957). In 1962 was teaching at Bromsgrove School. 1934  
Gaster, Adrian (Music) 1957 1960 MusB Cambridge, also BA (London). "Lonnie". Left to go to Burnham GS (under LJ Ashford) 1919 1989
Harvey, P M (Mod. Languages) 1957 1960 BA London. "Ferret". Left to go to Long Eaton.    
Lesser, Louis Emile (Geography & History) 1957 1958 BA Melbourne. After a year, returned to Wesley College, Melbourne. 1911 1979
Brand, Frederick James (Mathematics) 1958 1964 BA British Columbia; also Jesus College, Oxford (matric. 1929, BSc). Left to be head of Maths at Q.Anne's, Caversham. 1905 1995
Owen, P (History - temp, 1 term) 1957 1958        
Wiart, L (French assistant) 1957 1958        
Magraw, K (student, music) 1958 1958        
Biggin, K (student, music) 1958 1958        
Free, D (student, classics) 1958 1958        
Mitchell, R (student, mod.lang.) 1958 1958        
Baker, Douglas George Santley (Geography) 1958 1959 MA Lincoln College, Oxford (matric. 1949). Link is to his Wikipedia page - an England rugby international. Went to Oundle. 1929  
Jones, David Graham (History) 1958 1991 MA Jesus College, Oxford (matric. 1948, BA after Modern History finals (2nd) in 1951). Qualified barrister. "Benny". (Swansea Grammar School). Head of History, 1960-91. (The nickname "Ben", later "Benny", originally derived from his early partnership with fellow history teacher LJ Ashford: for a while they were known collectively as "Bill and Ben, history men", à la The Flowerpot Men on TV).   2011
Eaton, Michael J (Art) 1958 1988 ATD Southampton. "Mick". OW 1942-49. Qualified at Wycombe Art School and Bournemouth School of Art. Taught at Dartford GS, 1956-58. Head of Art at RGS, 1958-88. (Obit in Old Boys Newsletter, 2006) 1931 2004
Pursey, John W (Classics) 1958 1960 MA Cambridge. Left to go to Blackburn Grammar School. OW 1946-54. Also Wakefield and Darlington schools (making four Queen Elizabeth-founded schools in total). Retired 1995. 1936  
Brown, W T (Geography - student master) 1959 1959        
Sale, R H (Classics - student master) 1959 1959        
Sidgreaves, Carl Demain (Music - student master) 1959 1959   Lancashire Schools Orchestra (1970s), Senior Music Advisor, Avon (from 1983) 1937 1997
Grace, G R (History - student master) 1959 1959        
Spriggs, Desmond W B (Physics - student master) 1959 1959     1936  
Andrews, J K (Chemistry, Science) 1959 1961 BSc London. Left to become head of Chemistry at Henley Grammar School. "Gubbins" (a word he used as a substitute for any piece of laboratory apparatus).    
Baxter, John Neville (Group Capt) (Maths) 1959 1962 - Newland Park. Gazetted Pilot Officer RAF 1929, Gr Capt, 1 Jul 1949. 1910 1979
Davies, John Charles Reginald (History, Geography) 1959 1966 BA Univ. Wales, Aberystwyth, 1st in History and Economics. Obit Sep 1966 Wyc. "Reg" to birth family, "Dick" to own family. School nickname "Seedy". Sq Ldr, RAF, WW2. 1906 1966
Jones, G Rex J (games) 1959 1965 D.L.C. Loughborough. Left at Xmas 1965, went to Birkenhead School. (May 66 Wyc). Lt. (468160) in Birkenhead School CCF from 1965 to 1971.    
Leighton-Jones, Bernard C N P (History, English) 1959 1970s? BA Wadham College, Oxford (matric. 1955, BA after Modern History finals in 1958). Left school after Spring Term 1964 to go to Hong Kong (Wyc May 1964) but returned within months. "Bilge".    
Roberts, Gar(r)y W (Chemistry) 1959 1963 BSc, ARCS London. (Not sure about his first name - this may have been a nickname.) In 1971 reported to be in East Asia (Hong Kong?), "very prosperous, living in a four-bedroom flat and driving an M.G.B. G.T." (May 1971 Wyc)    
Rowland, J Gareth (Chemistry) 1959 1964 BSc Wales. Left to be Sen. Chem. Master at Henley.    
Rowlands, B R (Mod. Languages) 1959 1965 BA, F.I.L. Wales. "Chuff".    
Waters, Ian H C (German) 1959 1963 MA Jesus College, Cambridge. Matriculated 1954 (followed by BA 1957). "Froggy". OW 1943-51. Left RGS to become head of German at Woolverstone Hall and moved on from there in 1970. 1933  
King, A R (Maths) 1960 ? BA Cambridge.    
Lambert, Derwent Graham (Biology) 1960 1966 MA, F.Z.S. St Catherine’s Society/College, Oxford. "Simon". Left to become HM Inspector of Schools in Cheshire & Lancashire. 1926 2008
Johns, M (English - student master) 1960 1960        
Kemp, Mr (Music - student master) 1960 1960        
Peat, Mr (German - student master) 1960 1960        
Leppard, Mr (Divinity - student master) 1960 1960        
Harris, Mr (French and German - student master) 1960 1960        
Maurice, Mr (History - student master) 1960 1960        
File, Roger C (Economics) 1960 1993 BA Leeds. OW 1945-51. RAF commission, mid-1950s. 1934  
Bassett, Colin Peter (English) 1960 1967 BA The Queen’s College, Oxford (matric. 1957). 1933  
Cooper, Francis Neil (Classics) 1960 1996 BA Exeter College, Oxford (matric. 1955). "Fenners". Head of Classics 1974-96. Uplyme housemaster, head of CCF. Awarded M.B.E. (1996), Acting Major, RGS CCF. 1934  
Hawkins, Frederick E J (Geography) 1960 1964 BA Leeds. OW 1948-56. "Freddie". 1937  
Hillard, Charles Kenneth (Chemistry) 1960 1964 MA Christ Church, Oxford. Matric. 1919, BA 1923 (he took Chemistry Part I, which is not classified, in 1922, but no trace of his having moved to Part II); and MA 1936. Came from Eton College, left to head Chemistry at Wycombe Abbey. 1900 1976
Little, Edward R B (Biology) 1960 1967 MA, MInstBiol Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. (Matric. 1956, BA 1959, MA 1967). "Erble". Left to become lecturer at Hull College of Education.    
Mathias, R J (Maths) 1960 1962 BSc Southampton.    
Merrylees, Ian Mackenzie (English) 1960 1967 MA St Andrews & BLitt (Oxford). "Meg Merrylees". Assistant housemaster at Tyler's Wood. Left to go to a comp in Manchester. 1933 2010
Watmough, Derek (Music) 1960 1965 BA Durham. Awarded MBE for services to music, 1992. 1937  
Watmough, William Brian (Mod. Lang.) 1960 1963 BA Wales. "Willie", "Bill". Educated in Chester, attended Cherry Grove Boys’ School and Chester City Grammar School. Two years’ National Service, then took his degree at University College, Bangor. Very involved in drama productions, and organising trips overseas, whilst at the RGS. Returned to Chester in 1968, where he was Lecturer in French at Chester College (later University of Chester). Link to an obituary, Chester University Alumni Newsletter. 1934 2013
Perret, B (French assistant) 1960 1961        
Dissinger, D (German assistant) 1960 1961        
Wrench, Frederick David Brian (Chemistry, temp.) 1961 1961   "Owing to the fact that one of the Chemistry Masters fell ill this term, Mr. D. F. B. [sic] Wrench, the Cambridge University and Harlequins prop-forward, has been staying here and teaching chemistry at School." (Wycombiensian, Sept 1961) Presumably the Summer term? Capped for England at rugby twice in 1964. 1936  
Bamford, D A (Mrs) (Science, P/T) 1961 1962 PhD Cambridge, also BSc (Sydney)    
Ashwell, Roy Thomas (English, Library Admin) 1961 1964 BA London and Exeter. Left RGS to be Senior English Master at Harlow. Previous to teaching, he had been an admin officer in Nigeria and Cameroon. Attended Harrow Wield School. In more recent years, an educational consultant and company director. Has written poetry for 60+ years. Roy Ashwell's websiteSome photos of him at different times in his lifePoems 2014. 1927  
Coldham, Michael Wyndham George (Chemistry) 1961 1969 MA, BSc Lincoln College, Oxford (Scholar, matric. 1949). (Post-RGS career not recorded). "Noddy" or "Wayne". 1928  
Clark, Harry W (Chemistry) 1961 2000 BSc London, Queen Mary College. OW 1951-58, Uplyme boarder, captain of tennis, 1st XV rugby. Played rugby for High Wycombe until 1968. 1940  
Hearn, M J (Physics) 1961 1963 BSc Southampton    
Newling, Timothy J (Art) 1961 1965 ATD Reading. "Tim". Left at Xmas 1965. 1937  
Saunders, David A (Mod. Lang.) 1961 1965 BA Trinity College, Cambridge (BA 1960, MA 1968). Stood for election as Labour MP, Peterborough, 1964 general election (not elected). Left to teach at a comprehensive in Coventry, May 1965. 1937  
Picard, J (French assistant) 1961 1962        
Kuschel, G (German assistant) 1961 1962        
Jones, Phyllis M (Mrs) (Mod. Lang.) 1962 1970s? BA Wales. "Ma Chunk".    
Wilson, Roger A P (Maths) 1962 1967 BSc (Eng) London, Grad. IEE. OW 1951-59. Left to pursue research. 1940  
Williams, John M (games) 1962 1967 Dip. Loughborough College. Emigrated to Australia. (May 68 Wyc) 1941? 2008
MacTavish, Andrew John (English & Latin) 1962 1966 MA Cambridge. OW 1948-55. Nickname "MacT" (later "Big Mac" when he was head at John Hampden). Left in 1966 to teach at Reading School. Later became the headmaster of John Hampden School, High Wycombe (1982-2000). Came out of retirement to be temporary head of Wycombe High School, 2002. Governor of the RGS. Played the part of the would-be 1950s headmaster in the Channel 4 TV reality show That'll Teach 'Em in 2003. 1937  
Gray, C M (Maths) 1962 1966 BSc London. Left to teach at Sir William Borlase School, Marlow.    
Flinders, David J (Mod. Lang.) 1962   MA Emmanuel College, Cambridge (BA 1960, MA 1964). "Polly". 1937  
Parry-Jones, A (Classics) 1962 1967 BA Exeter.    
Farrell, Richard James C (Physics) 1962 1969 BSc, AFRAeS London. Obit May 1970 Wyc. 1912 1969
Watts, C R 1963 1963 BSc London.    
Authers, David J (Classics) 1963 1967 BA Exeter College, Oxford (matric. 1957). Left to be head of Classics at Hastings Grammar School. 1937  
Duffield, Richard John Lester (Maths) 1963 1966 BA Jesus College, Oxford (matric. 1959). Left to teach, Zaria, Nigeria. "Duffy". 1940  
Jones, Norman Leslie (Mod. Lang.) 1963 1966 BA Brasenose College, Oxford (Scholar, matric. 1958). "Nilj", "(Pedro) Scrooge". Left for H Wycombe College of Technology & Art.    
Phillippo, J (Physics) 1963 1969 BA Nottingham. Left to become head of Physics at Forest GS, Winnersh. 1935?  
Poll, Brian William (Geography, PT) 1963 1968 BA, DLC Bristol. Left to head Geography at Ellesmere. Studied Geography at Bristol and gained teaching diploma at Loughborough College. Specialised in PE at RGS, went on to teach geography at Ellesmere College. House tutor at Tyler's Wood. Played cricket (wicket-keeper) for Bucks and later Cheshire. Wikipedia. 1941 1999
Pollard, Colin R (Mod. Lang.) 1963 1966 BA Bristol. Left to be head of German, Whitley Abbey Comp, Coventry. 1940?  
Selley, Nicholas John (Chemistry) 1963 1965 BA, BSc The Queen’s College, Oxford (matric. 1957). 1938  
Smith, G L (French) 1963 1967 MA Cambridge. "Quackers". Left to be head of French at Welwyn.    
Strickland, Richard Frank Mervyn (Maths) 1963 1966 MA Christ's College, Cambridge. Left to be head of Maths, Lawrence Weston Comp, Bristol. Changed his name (from Frank Mervyn Potter) in 1946. Diploma in Education (2nd class, 2nd division), Bristol University, July 1947 (as Richard Mervyn Strickland, B.A. (Cantab)) 1922  
Cockle, Philip Travers (English) 1963 1964 BA Keble College, Oxford (matric. 1959). Temporary master, joined school towards the middle of the Autumn Term, 1963. Appears now to be a translator, based in Paris. 1938  
Masters, Kenneth R (History, temp) 1964 1964   Not in the Grey Book but his departure noted in the Sept 1964 Wyc.. Replaced B Leighton-Jones for a couple of terms, I think. 1937?  
Allister, P J (temp) 1964 1964   Not in the Grey Book but his departure noted in the Sept 1964 Wyc.    
Cuffia, Monsieur (French assistant) 1964 1964   French assistant    
Eigler, Herr (German assistant) 1964 1964   German assistant    
Bushell, Hugh William Done (music, student teacher) 1964 1964   Oxford University. Temporary teacher, one-term (Wyc May 1964) "Hugh William Done Bushell was a double bass player himself and studied at Jesus College, Oxford, and played for ten years with the Salomon orchestra in London. He was on the staff of the Richard Huish college in Taunton, conductor of the Wednesday orchestra and assisted with the National Children's Orchestra. With his violist wife Anna he was a tireless promoter, not only of this orchestra, but especially of introducing music to children in the area. He maintained his energy and drive until his death from chronic lung disease in August 2003, though he had been forced to give up active playing a few years earlier due to the effort required to carry such a large musical instrument around!" Link 1939 2003
Gosling, R (student teacher) 1964 1964   Temporary teacher (Wyc May 1964)    
Harris, K E (student teacher) 1964 1964   Temporary teacher (Wyc May 1964)    
Mant, Jeremy C (student teacher) 1964 1964   Temporary teacher (Wyc May 1964)    
Leigh, Geoffrey N (student teacher) 1964 1964   Temporary teacher (Wyc May 1964)    
Hancock, Ian R (Physics) 1964 1971 BSc, A.K.C. London. "Pitchfork Harry". House tutor of Tyler's Wood. Went to Cheltenham GS. Later was Head of Chemistry/Science at Aylesbury GS.    
Fry, Lewis William (Chemistry) 1964 1968 MA, BSc Keble College, Oxford (matric. 1927). Left school to retire. 1908 1982
Mander, Malcolm Reuben (Chemistry) 1964 1972 MA St John’s College, Oxford (matric. 1953). Head of Chemistry and Science. Left RGS for Brunel University as Schools Liaison Officer and stayed on there after retirement working on a space project. He and wife Wendy were keen golfers at Flackwell Heath GC and he died playing golf there. Son Chris and son-in-law Peter Green attended RGS. 1935 1999
Millican, Keith Dudley (Chemistry) 1964 1968 BSc Graduate of Birmingham Univ. "Spike". Previous to RGS, had taught at King William's College, Isle of Man. Commissioned as pilot officer, RAF, 1964. Left to become head of Chemistry at Norwich school. Later became an accountant. 1939 1990
Ditchburn, J(ames?) L (Biology) 1964 1966 BSc London. Left to be head of Biology, Batley GS. 1941  
Bertaut, John Teagle 1964 1966 BA St John’s College, Oxford (matric. 1960). Left to join Messrs. Ibbs & Tillett, concert promoters. 1941  
Burnell, John E (Maths) 1964 1970 BSc Leeds. OW. "Jeb". Emigrated to Australia and taught at Camberwell GS, Canterbury, Vic. 1942  
Weeks, John C S (Geography) 1964 1968 MA, FRGS St Catharine's College, Cambridge. Left to become head of Prescot Grammar School, Lancashire. 1934  
Copson, Graham Lewis (English, librarian) 1964 1970 MA Lincoln College, Oxford (matric. 1954). "Nospoc". 1933  
Lloyd, Stephen J (English) 1964 1965 BA Pembroke College, Oxford (matric. 1961).    
Bridges, David (History) 1964 1967 BA Jesus College, Oxford (Exhibitioner, matric. 1960). Left to research into education, London Univ. "Dai".    
Horn, Ian M (Classics) 1964 1965 BA Leeds 1940  
Smith, Malcolm Pascoe (Headmaster 1965-1974) 1965 1975 MA Trinity College, Cambridge. Double 1st in French and German. Educated at Manchester Grammar School. After three years in the administrative civil service, he taught at King Edward VI GS, Aston, Birmingham, then Felsted School, then Manchester GS as a master. Headmaster of Woking Grammar School, 1951, then head of Liverpool Institute High School, 1961-65. 1914 1998
Maynard, K R (or R K) 1965 1966 BSc Adelaide    
Blyth, Ian A (English) 1965 2003 BA Lincoln College, Oxford (Exhibitioner, matric. 1962). OW 1954-62. Nickname (as master) "Junkie". 1943  
Chuter, Alan R (Mod. Lang.) 1965   BA Nottingham 1929  
Davies, A H (Music) 1965 1967 BA Hull. Left to be head of Music at Carlisle Grammar School.    
Goodenough, John (Economics) 1965 1968 BSc (Econ) London. Left to join police. "Arkle".    
Palmer, R[oger?] W F (Science, Chemistry) 1965 1972 BSc Leicester. "Boozy". Left to go to Poole Grammar School.    
Mitford, Vidal Bruce (temp) 1966 1966   Taught for one term in 1966, left to go to a school near Launceston (Sept 1966 Wyc) 1908 1989
Smith, Dennis (Art) 1966 1986 NDD Became head of the junior school.    
Learmonth, Jack Robert (games) 1966 1982? Dip.P.E. Glasgow. "Jock" 1926 2008
Tucker, James A (Maths, part-time) 1966 1977 - Culham. OW. Originally taught at RGS 1944-50, before leaving to be second master at Hatters Lane Secondary School, returned in retirement to teach part-time. Nickname "Mr James".    
Brown, R W (German) 1966 1973 BA Liverpool. "Shreddie Boy".    
Cropper, E (Maths, part-time) 1966 1971 BSc Manchester. "Ernie".    
Dunn, P A (Mod. Lang.) 1966 1967 BA Durham. Left to pursue research.    
Fromow, Donald A (Mod. Lang.) 1966 1968 BA London 1937  
Gill, N S/T (Maths) 1966 1967 BA Punjab. Left to take a permanent post in Slough.    
Hill, Rosemary (née Buckingham, Mrs) (History) 1966 1968 BA London. Temporary teacher. Mother of two sons at the school. 1925  
Lilley, David William (Biology) 1966 1968 MA Pembroke College, Oxford (matric. 1955). Left to head Biology at Sutton High School.    
Lingard, Jeremy D (Biology) 1966 1973 BSc Luton College of Tech. Left "on promotion". "Jez". 1943  
Taylor, Patrick Anthony (Classics) 1966 1971 MA Cambridge. OW 1952-60. "Pat". In charge of hockey. Left for Whitgift School, Croydon. 1942  
Gunton, Colin Ewart (Classics) 1967 1967 MA Hertford College, Oxford. BA, 1966. Later, MA, Mansfield College, Oxford. Name not in Grey Book, but taught two terms at RGS from Jan 1967. Professor of Christian Doctrine at King's College London from 1984. Minister in United Reform Church from 1972. Wikipedia entry. 1941 2003
Day, J J (English) 1967 1967   Name not in Grey Book (joined Jan 1967 and did two terms). "Jerky".    
Blythe, J P (Maths) 1967 1970 BSc Manchester. Left for Tiverton GS.    
Camp, John E (French) 1967 1968 BA Jesus College, Oxford (Won scholarship in modern languages from RGS in 1960 - see honours board; matric. 1961). OW. Left in 1968 to research Hospital Admin at Brunel University (1968-69). "My career was divided between practice as a barrister and ordained ministry in the Church of England (as well as politics and a quango or two)" (John Camp email to JS, 2015). School Governor 1977-81. Campanologist. (OW Newsletter, Dec 07) 1944  
Clark, Ian R (Classics) 1967 2001 BA Bristol. Taught Classics and (later) Maths. Attended King Edward VI's School, Southampton, open scholarship to read Classics at Bristol. Head of Middle School from 1973. Master-in-charge of chess for the entirety of his 34-year RGS career, and also involved in organisation of hockey. Succeeded Reg Pattinson as deputy headmaster in January 1978. Hon. Sec. of Old Wycombiensians' Club from 2001.    
Holt, Harry R (Classics) 1967 1972 BA Durham. Left to be Head of Classics at Kirk Balk Comprehensive, Barnsley.    
Little, Peter J (History) 1967 1970 BA London. Left to become head of History at Hull Grammar School.    
McVey, Jane Hilary (Mrs, née Walton) (English) 1967 1971 BA London 1939 1996
Rooke, Paul Adrian (Music) 1967 1971 MA Cambridge. Left to go to Hatfield School (1971-77); Director of Music, Hitchin Girls' School (1977-2000); Westcliff High School for Boys (2000-2003). 1945  
Stephenson, Roger Deane (Physics) 1967 1968 MSc Missouri. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, died Platteville, Wisconsin. Married Gloria Sue Calahan (who also taught at the RGS) in 1957. Both graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Taught physics, chemistry and mathematics at several colleges, including the University of Wsconsin at Platteville, and high schools including the RGS. Founded P.A.R. Inc. and, later, The RDSoftware Co. Obituary. 1937 2015
Stephenson, Gloria Sue (née Calahan) (English) 1967 1968 MA Missouri. See also above record. Survived her husband, Roger Stephenson, who died in 2015. Attended Kansas State Teachers' College, Emporia, Kansas, 1957. Professor, University of Wisconsin at Platteville (UWP), from the 1980s until her retirement in 2005. In 1981, after teaching in Missouri, Iowa and the RGS, she joined the UWP's Dept of Humanities (English). Director of Women's Studies, 1987-90, chair of the English Department, 1990-94, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education, 1994-96. Biographical pen picture at the time of her retirement, 2005. 1938  
Stubbs, Derek J (games) 1967   Dip.P.E. Borough Road College. OW. 1944 1991
White-Taylor, Derek J (German & French) 1967 2002+ BA London 1944  
Clegg, Kenneth L (Maths) 1967 1970 - Newland Park    
James, Michael P (English) 1968   BA Leeds. Left to be Head of English at Bramhall Comprehensive, Cheshire.    
Moffatt, Michael John (Geography) 1968 1997 MA Exeter College, Oxford (matric. 1957). Head of Geography 1968-1973. Deputy Head (initially in conjunction with Reg Pattinson), 1973-1997.    
Knight, Rex Owen (Biology) 1968 1992 BSc London, King's College. Studied Botany, Zoology and Chemistry. Taught at Chislehurst & Sidcup GS before becoming head of Biology at RGS. Member of the Chiltern Society. Wife Judith taught at RGS, and two sons David (1976-82) and Peter (1979-85) attended. 1938 2000
Kenningham, David (Head of Physics) 1968 1972 MA Oxford. Went to Kenilworth, Deputy Head, then as Head to Cheney School, Oxford, then Head, Lord Williams, Thame, 1985-1997. In 2002 was retired, working on special projects for Oxfam. Photo here. 1935  
Cook, Malcolm W (Geography) 1968 2001+ BA Wales. Hon. Sec. and Hon. Treasurer, Old Wycombiensians Club, 1980-2001.    
Garrett, L C (Economics) 1968   BSc (Econ) Wales    
Heath, Geoffrey William (Spanish, French) 1968 1989 MA The Queen’s College, Oxford (matric. 1957).    
Hillier, Kenneth A (History, Librarian from 1971) 1968   BA London    
Humphris, R W A (English) 1968 1969 BA Lampeter. Left for Norway, to research Icelandic literature.    
Lane, Brian C (Zoology) 1968 1970 BSc Wales. Left for Loughborough GS. "Arnold".    
McKnight, D (Chemistry) 1968 1973 BSc Liverpool    
Morgan, M J (Chemistry) 1968   BSc Wales    
Samways, John F (Geography) 1968 1981 BA Southampton. Left to join the CoE ministry. Rector of Keynsham, 2000s. (1973 Speech Day programme said he was leaving then - did he return later or stay after all?) 1944  
Holmes, E Geoffrey (Music) 1969 1987 BA, LGSM, LRAM London. Replaced 'Jack Dawes' and came from Warwick School.    
Chamberlain, David R (Physics) 1969   BSc Aberystwyth    
Goldthorpe, Stephen Rowallan (English) 1969 1990 BA St Catherine’s College, Oxford (matric. 1965). Ran cricket, works for ECB. 1947  
Nockels, John S (French) 1969 1971 BA Newcastle. Left for Guisborough Sixth Form College, Yorkshire. 1944  
Westrup, Erik L (PT, Geography) 1969 1971 BEd Nottingham. Emigrated to Australia. 1947  
Waller, John Edwin (Maths) 1970 1975   RN (retired). Ran RN section of CCF. 1910 2002
Ward, Brian N (Science) 1970 1972   Left to be Head of Science at Comberton Village College, Cambridgeshire.    
Embrey, Christopher E (Physics) 1970 1973 BSc Bristol 1948  
Gibson, Peter M A (English, IT, Philosophy) 1970 2006 BA London. Masters in Philosophy of Education. School at Kingswood, Bath.    
Oldring, Donald Kennett (Rev) (Divinity, P/T) 1970   B.D. London. Chaplain (with rank of Squadron-Leader), RAF, WW2. 1909 1977
Puritz, Christian Wilhelm (Maths) 1970 2001 BA, PhD Wadham College, Oxford (Scholar, matric. 1959) (Maths, Class 1, 1962; doctorate from Glasgow University in 1971). Maths, table tennis, Christian activities, known for his posters, photographs, etc. May 1971 Wyc    
Roebuck, John J O (History) 1970 2006 MA Cambridge. Ran fencing, cross country. School governor (2 years). Head of History from 1991. School at Kingswood, Bath.    
Taylor, P G (Biology) 1970 1973 BSc London    
Cooper, Margaret Claire (Mrs) (Physics, part-time) 1970 1973 BSc London. (Née Golden. Wife of Francis Neil Cooper, head of Classics from 1975) 1937  
Craddock, M J (English) 1971   BA Oxford. Replaced Mrs Jane McVey around the beginning of 1971 (May 1971 Wyc)    
MacKay, A (student teacher) 1971 1971   May 1971 Wyc    
Watt, Mr (student teacher) 1971 1971   May 1971 Wyc    
Madge, Mr (student teacher) 1971 1971   May 1971 Wyc    
Spalton, Mr (student teacher) 1971 1971   May 1971 Wyc    
Marischen, Fraulein (German assistant) 1971 1971   May 1971 Wyc    
Augeron, Monsieur (French assistant) 1971 1971   May 1971 Wyc    
Gill, M A (Geography, PE) 1971 1973 BA Aberdeen    
Prue, Malcolm J (English) 1971   BA Cambridge    
Lyons, R J (English) 1971   BA London    
Mitchell, John I (English) 1971 1997 MA Aberdeen. School archivist after retirement.    
Steele, A R P (Maths) 1971 1972 BSc New England, NSW. To Trinity School, Croydon.    
Raymond, G (Mod. Languages) 1971   BA London    
Durbin, Trevor J (Mod. Languages) 1971   BA Durham    
Gaffin, Neville Samuel (Mod. Languages) 1971   BA Hertford College, Oxford (matric. 1962). (1973 Speech Day programme reported a GL Griffin (mod lang) leaving - was this a misprint for Neville Gaffin?!) 1931  
Wigginton, Barry W (Mod. Languages) 1971   BA Oriel College, Oxford (Exhibitioner, matric. 1964). 1944  
Dunnett, John C (Music) 1971   GRSM London. 1946  
Ferris, Peter H G (Classics) 1971 1981 BA London. Left to become head of Classics, King Edward VI School, Southampton. 1935  
Crawshaw, James S (Physics) 1971   BSc Durham 1935  
Ryle, L M (English, temp) 1971   AB Harvard, AM (Berkeley)    
Page, Roy M (Maths, headmaster from 2006) 1972 2015 BSc London (University of Portsmouth, 1968-71). PGCE, 1971-72, Univ of Reading, maths. Housemaster, School House (1982). Deputy Headmaster (1999). Senior Deputy Headmaster (2001). Headmaster (2006-2015). 1950  
Smaje, Cyril Peter (Physics, CCF/RAF) 1972   BEd   1930 1987
Fair, Robert W (Chemistry) 1972 1977 BA, PhD Cambridge, ICI Research at Essex Univ.    
Dorrance, Richard Christopher (Chemistry) 1972 1981 BSc East Anglia. To Head of Science at Monk's Walk Comprehensive School, Welwyn GC. 1948  
Wilson, Ian J (Classics) 1972 2008 BA Leicester. Teacher training at Nottingham. House tutor, Tyler's Wood, from 1973, and ran it with his wife Judy until it closed in 1984. Ran cross-country and junior cricket teams, organised visits to Greece and Italy.    
Smith, Jeff (Physics) 1972 2001       2013

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