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Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe

Old School Photos 1958-1967

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16 October 2016: a very interesting article on the alternative 1950s school magazine Scandal, by its founding editor David ("Uncle Fred") Garnett (RGS 1956-60). In it he reveals the secret of 1-4-9 - or very nearly. He's still teasing us a bit about it but we'll get the truth out of him eventually. If you don't know what Scandal was, here are issues 7 to 18 to keep you amused. Many thanks to David for this article.

16 October 2016: Joe Guttridge (RGS 1960-65) wrote in to identify EG (Ernest George, known as George) Keeping 5Y (F53 in the 1964 Middle School photo) and ACW (Allan) Keen 2A (B42 in the 1960 Junior School photo). Many thanks, Joe.

16 October 2016: Edwin Janes (RGS 1955-63) wrote in to identify his father Eric Janes (1916-2004, RGS 1926-30) in the 1929 photo (ref. D39). Eric later acted as honorary architect to the school and designed both the chapel and the cricket pavilion. His obituary can be found in the March 2006 OW Newsletter. Edwin also thinks B31 on the same page may be Michael Bird whose sons Stephen and Maurice also attended the RGS. Many thanks, Edwin.

16 October 2016: a very long silence from yours truly, after an extended summer holiday. I've added some amendments and additional info from John Camp to the 1958 and 1960 senior photos (and his own CV details in both the Masters and Honours Board pages). A new feature is photos from the 1970s by Steve Mallows (RGS 1970-76), with masters from earlier eras - Taffy Davies, David 'Benny' Jones and 'Bilge' Leighton-Jones, plus a snap of the youthful future headmaster Roy Page. Thanks to John and Steve.

22 May 2016: Graham Balfry (RGS 1953-61) wrote in to confirm he was H07 in the 1958 Senior School photo. He also confirms that E12 in the 1960 Senior School photo is CU (Clifford) Moisey 6B2. Thanks, Graham.

21 April 2016: Many months have wandered by and nothing new appeared here. I've been working on another web project - sorry. But something interesting arrived in the post today, from Peter Rodbourn (RGS 1958-63) and I wanted to share it with you. It is a PDF of SCANDAL Magazine: a sort of alternative school magazine, run entirely by and for the boys, plus a few Wycombe High School girls. Link here - the PDF consists of SCANDAL issues 7 to 18, dating from early 1959 to about 1962, I think. Many thanks to Peter for letting me have it.

28 November 2015: a new feature - The History of the Royal Grammar School High Wycombe, 1562-1962 - the 126-page official history of the school written by LJ Ashford and CM Haworth, published by the school in 1962, is now available as a PDF file (5.31MBS) to read online or download.

25 November 2015: Phil Slater (RGS 1961-66) wrote in to identify himself in the 1962 Senior School photo: JP (Philip) Slater 4X (D148). Thanks, Phil.

25 November 2015: Bill Andrews (RGS 1959-63) has identified two more faces in the first photo on this page of Tyler's Wood photos originally submitted by Mark Forrester. Thanks, Bill.

25 November 2015: Mervyn Darville (RGS 1960-67) has identified a number of people in the 1964 Middle School photo: W Paszkiewicz 5SA (H04), MJ Dalley 5UG (H06 confirmed), WT (William) Bradford 5A (H18 confirmed), PT Brockwell 5SA (G18), RC Hill 5UY (E12), CA (Charlie) Smyth 5X (F25 confirmed), IS Pattie 5UG (H32 confirmed), JHM Powell 4Y (B29 confirmed), P Gautrey 5SA (G34 confirmed), PAM German 5Y (F44 confirmed), AC Maile 5A (D34 confirmed), MJ Bevan 5UR (H47 confirmed), CM Gwynn 5Y (F62 confirmed). Thanks, Mervyn.

9 November 2015: you might have noticed a couple of new scroll photos have been added to the left-hand menu, going back a very long time before most of us were born - the 1926 and 1929 school photos. I'm not expecting to identify many of the boys in the photos but it's possible that some of us will recognise fathers, uncles, grandfathers, etc. Most of the masters in the photos have been identified by comparison with photos appearing in John Mitchell's pictorial history of the school. I am grateful to Derek Prior (RGS 1962-69) for sending me these photos - his father Ted is, currently, the only boy identified in the two photos.

28 October 2015: Graham Poole (RGS 1958-65) sent me some fascinating documents more than a year ago which I am ashamed to say I left mouldering in my in-tray. Profuse apologies! Here is a PDF of the March 1965 ER Tucker Memorial Appeal Fund; the July 1964 Speech Day programme; and he also helped to update forenames and nicknames of the 1963 photo of Form 5UY, which was already on the website. Thanks (and apologies) to Graham.

28 October 2015: Joe Guttridge (RGS 1960-65) wrote in with some identifications. In the 1962 Junior School photo: JA (Joe) Guttridge 3Y (E45), AJ (John) Jackman 3Y (B29). More tentatively, he thinks GM (Geoff) Keep 3SA is at F34. In the 1964 Middle School photo: GM (Geoff) Keep 5SA (G19). He confirms previous ID of himself and John Jackman in this photo (F50 and D60 respectively). Joe tells me that 'Doc' Browning advised him to become a librarian or an archivist - but he left school at 16 to go to sea. He says that John Jackman was a musician but doesn't know what became of him. Many thanks, Joe.

27 October 2015: Robert Smith (RGS 1959-62) wrote in quite some time ago with a long list of identifications. In the 1960 Senior School photo: JH Temple 6S1 (H46), RAL Smith (Robert himself) 6S1 (F73), MR (Michael) Emmett 6S2 (E69), AJ (Tony) Jones 6S1 (C76), and he confirms of IDs of JM (Jim) Peach 6S1 (E72) and PR (Peter) Fletcher 6S1 (F81). In the 1962 Senior School photo: CD (Chris) Henry 6S3 (H17), JS (Jim) Sloss 6B3 (H22), RAL (Robert) Smith 6S3 (G48), JD Butterworth 6S3 (G50). And he confirms BC Matthews 6S3 (H05), WP ("Wild Bill") Howlin 6S3 (H15 and H68), JM (Jim) Peach 6S3 (H26). Many thanks to Robert and my apologies for not processing these identifications rather sooner.

27 October 2015: Norman Birkitt (RGS 1959-63) has identified Bob Austin in the 1958/59 under 13 rugby XV photo. Many thanks, Norman. I have now appended the Wycombiensian team report to this page.

27 October 2015: Charlie Connolly (RGS 1965-70) emailed me to identify two of his friends in the 1967 Senior School photo: CC (Carl, "Harry") Cutler 6E (F37) and RP (Richard, Dick) Wills 6E (F38). He tells me that the website has provided "hours of fun" when viewed in the company of other "old lags" such as Brian Leslie, Pete Muckley, Keith Clarke, Kevin Pickering and Mick Kusmidrowicz. We aim to please. Many thanks, Charlie, and my regards to the old lags. EDIT: Charlie has since identified another face from the 1967 Senior School photo: AJ (Tony) Rollins 6S2.

27 October 2015: apologies for another longish radio silence (other retirement hobbies have intruded). Chris Rollason (RGS 1965-71) emailed me with details of his work at the European Parliament in Luxembourg. I have added details and a link to his personal website on the Honours Board and Links pages. Thanks, Chris.

17 September 2015: I am grateful to Martin King for lending me three copies of the Wycombiensian. Consequently we now have a complete run of Wycombiensians from September 1957 to May 1965 available online. I still have quite a few more issues in hand to scan and upload (i.e. September 1965 to September 1970 inclusive, and also Sept 1971, May 1972 and September 1972 issues) but I am keen to borrow some more copies of the magazine from after my time at the school, starting with the May 1971 issue. Can anyone help?

23 July 2015: a major new feature - The Wycombiensian - PDFs of issues of The Wycombiensian from 1957 to 1972 as PDFs. (Currently a work in progress, though a number of issues are already available for viewing and download). Note that Tony Hare has already made a number of Wycombiensian PDFs available at his website - click here. I am very grateful for Tony's help in choosing the right technology to create the PDFs.

6 May 2015: Paul Wood (RGS 1965-69) sent in this photo of Form 2D in 1965/66. Thanks, Paul.

6 May 2015: Laurie White (RGS 1960-67) wrote in to identify himself at F56 in the 1964 Middle School photo. I have made some running repairs to the photo used for this page - hopefully the quality is a little better. Thanks for the info, Laurie.

6 May 2015: Jeffrey Smith reports that D56 in the 1964 Middle School photo is RJ (Robert John) Elvery 5Y. In the 1962 Junior School photo, A22 is also RJ Elvery, when he was in 3Y. He also confirms IDs of David Holmes and Charles Peter Gilson in the 1962 Junior photo. Thanks, Jeffrey.

6 May 2015: Graham Smith sent me a copy of the 1961 School Prospectus, which is worth reading for the very different standards of behaviour and dress expected back then. I think my 1963 prospectus was fairly similar - did boys really wear their uniforms in the evenings and at weekends? Seems unlikely. Note that the file is a 2.02mb PDF which you might need to rotate in your browser/PDF handler in order to read.