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01 Aug 2014
Hello Mike Capey
Good to hear from you. Yes of course you are correct I did mean Brian
Birkby, I don't know how I got that wrong, and yes I do also remember
Bill Greer. I am not surprised Brian remembers me, he put me up to some
pranks like playing a pop song over the PA, I think it was " Let
it be Be" as the Headmaster existed morning assembly. Yes, I do
currently live near you, only a few miles away in Thetford; perhaps
we could meet sometime! My biggest memory of you is you playing "Lilly
the Pink" on the St Boniface organ as we left chapel. Can you still
DAI NEWMAN Well, I never thought I would flush you out! I always wondered
what happened to you, Chip Coggins and Mike Gardener. I also remember
the names you mentioned along with Geoff Hern , David Roberts (Both
of which we had different names for them in those days!!# and many many
Regards to you all
Trevor Cardy C172
02 Aug 2014
When Mr Hern posts
a message you know the Windsor site is alive and well! From my perspective
he has been the heart and soul of the site, as he was at school. Always
involved and helping! The one person who's messages I have missed is
my good friend Ralph Bennett! Hopefully, we'll hear soon from him after
his sad loss.
Best wishes to everyone
from the sixties!
Michael Downey (M65-??)
04 Aug 2014
Thanks to Ellen
Warnaby for the update on Mr Houston and also to Tiny Latham for the
news about Miss Ellis. Yes,I remember you Tiny Latham, "sports
supremo" of Sandringham 1957.As I recall my last term my room mates
were Peter Buckley and Michael Barnacoat and you were next door with
Nigel Frith and Mike Healey. However,the past 57 years may have played
tricks with the memory.Does anyone know of any film footage of Windsor
School 1950s/1960s available on line from sources such as Youtube,Pathe,etc?
Geoff McPate (S53-57)
08 Aug 2014
Geoff McPate - there
are a couple of films on YouTube, called, I think, "School is Everywhere"
- parts 1 and 2 - which were perhaps recruitment films for teaching
staff for forces schools. There are a few clips from Windsor in amongst
schools from elsewhere around the world.
Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)
06 Aug 2014
The request for
films showing WGS/WBS reminded me of the SCEA film shown to new teachers
at Eltham Palace in London - it was entitled 'SCHOOL IS EVERYWHERE'.
I am pretty sure that the Hamm schools figure in this old B&W movie.
08 Aug 2014
Thanks Pamela &
Colin for the info. on the film "Schools Are Everywhere Parts A
& B" available on Youtube. Yes, there are one or two Windsor
clips in Part B. I note Youtube also has "The Windsor School Floods
1957" by Mike Greenwood from a film by John Howard and "The
Chapel of St Boniface"
Geoff McPate (S53-57)
09 Aug 2014
This is a message
for Mike Capey. Well done in outing yourself as an Accrington Stanley
supporter. If you are ever in the town and walking down Abbey Street,
pop into the barber's shop and send my regards to my father-in-law.
He too is a life long Accrington Stanley supporter (and proud of it).
Jim Alger (S77-80)
11 Aug 2014
Dear Mr Hern, dear
Virginia (nee Kitchen), wow, I am so exited that I found this page some
days ago. But I better should start at the beginning: My name is Andrea
Kilsch, nee Sperling. ... I am sure that you do remember my father Gerd
Sperling, who worked as an office clerk at WBS Hamm for many many years.
Unfortunately he always was too lazy to keep in touch with you and your
colleagues. Therefore my mother and I also did not know how to contact
you. Sorry for that. But now ....lots of memories are coming into my
mind reading your messages and getting to know that some very nice people
already left us as there are Jack Worell, Dr. Carey, already long time
ago Alec Hawkes (do not know whether Margret is still alive - probably
not?), Ken Goatcher, Don Theaker and many more. Virginia, sorry to hear
that your father also passed away in 2007. But let me tell you something
strange: my father was of the same age as yours, he left us the same
year as yours and the day your father died was the birthday of my father.-
Puuuh, soo many years went by and suddenly things are alive again. Amanda
Gibbs, John Leighton (??), Haydn Jones, Johnnie Walker, Sue Marsden,
Mr Taylor, as matrons Ilse Schidlof, Inge Dohle. Memories are made of
this names! So, now I'd better stop, sending you my best regards and
please give my love to your families and everybody who might remember
me and/or my father.(Sorry for my bad English, I definitely need some
Andrea Kilsch (nee
12 Aug 2014
My name is Robert
Hankin. I was a pupil at Windsor boys school at a time that coincided
with the launch of the Russian Sputnik, which we listened to, beeping,
on the radio in the science lab.
I was in Marlborough House (M10) and shared a room with some of the
following boys. Jones, O'Shea, Pinker, Mario de Celis, Greenacre and
others. The housemaster at the time was a Mr Schofield. He was lamenting
the loss of one of the boys, a certain Nick Goad, who was one of his
'favourites', at the time. I remember one of the prefects, a boy named
Eccles, who was severely caned for dropping his cricket bat. That wouldn't
happen now. There were 'duty' masters who came round at odd times to
keep law and order. I remember Hairy Hearn and a Mr Jones, the chemistry
master, and a really nice guy called Mr Robinson who taught us english.
I recall starting off in 3c and finishing in 4b. Unfortunately my father
was posted and I left to go to Sundern school which was a dreadful end
to my education. I joined the CCF and later transferred to the Air Force
section. That was a good fun time. I was also in the model railway club
located in the basement of the House. My extra curricular activities
included the maths club, and the chess club. I once represented the
house in the internal school chess competition but have forgotten most
of my strategies in the mean time. I escaped the dreariness of Sundern
by joining the RAF at the first opportunity, in a junior position and,
when I reached the SNCO level, left to join the NHS as an Estates Officer.
I am married with two sons and now live in Truro, Cornwall. Today I
am off to visit my eldest son and his wife in Kent where they have recently
bought a half million pound grade 2 listed house. I would never have
believed that if you had told me all those years ago. My brother Leslie,
who attended the Duke of Yorks Royal Military School in Dover, was,
until recently, a senior lecturer at Liverpool university and My cousin
Chris is a Professor at Imperial.
The above is not
of any great historical value but might help you fill in a few holes
in your map of the history of the school.
Regards Rob Hankin, Truro.
13 Aug 2014
now there's a name from the past. I often think of your father - he
introduced me to stamp collecting and would buy all the new German issues
for me. Being a stamp collector, although not a too serious one, has
meant that I devote a lot of time since retirement to selling stamps
on behalf of the local Hospice here in Yeovil. Herr Sperling, as he
was known to me, was at WBS when I joined in 1960 and was still there
when I left in 1980. A real stalwart and WBS would have been impossible
to run without him and others on the Admin side - anytime I needed something
he would get it for me from books to anything on the many WD inventories
which he seemed to know off by heart. Firstly in the Maths Dept and
later more often for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Next door was Herr
Birnbaum and it was always a joy to go into their offices. Plenty of
banter and dry humour.. I have great memories of you too Andrea. Dare
I say it as a sweet little girl, always smiling and often around the
school. I remember coming back in the 1980s and crossing Soesterstrasse
to your house. Sadly your father was not there but you and 'the smile'
were. Apologies to others if this is a bit sentimental. Put it down
to my age and the fact that Hamm was a good part of my life.
Thanks Mike Downey for the compliment - although Bill the entries, including
Mike's, between August 1st and 8th seem to be missing on the site or
is it just my lack of computer skills? Trevor and Rob - I knew that
I was 'Hairy' Hern but never really understood why as I had not even
grown the beard in your time Rob. By the way Mr Robertson (not Robinson)
was the English teacher you have fond memories of - as my wife says
of me 'always the teacher' you see.
Geoff Hern (M60-80)
well spotted - forgot to sync my home PC after posting stuff while away
on holiday, have put it back now - Bill
15 Aug 2014
Sandringham, and twin brother Peter, Balmoral. Around 1959 to 1961/2.
Sister, Nuala at the girls school. We were there when the Ogilvy (?)
boy passed away after a cross country event if I remember correctly.
Now living in Cairns, Australia. My brother Peter still in cold wet
Eugene McArdle (S59-62)
15 Aug 2014
Maureen light is
now Maureen Schulenburgh but where she lives I don't know
Ann Woods (S60-65)
16 Aug 2014
More names for
the WGS prefects photo - 3 could be Michelle Hall, 9 could be Hazel
Cheyne and 11 could be Julie Beaumont. Don't know nos 6 or 15 - sorry!
I think I still have the negative for that photo too!
Hugh Ritchie (S78-81)
17 Aug 2014
Hello Ann Woods,what
made you comment on Maureen Light?.We've been E mail mates for a few
years,but she stopped sending messages last October,her last message
being that she had a serious hand accident.i still send the occasional
msg,and had reply from her daughter telling me she had gone away.she
is married to a german,and lives there too.if you saw the brilliant
pictures Pam Ross had put on Facebook,you'll see a picture of Mo.Anyway,i
do recognise your name from sandringham,so we must be roughly the same
18 Aug 2014
Yes, I too remember
that sad day when the lad passed away during a cross country race. The
school was very subdued for a long time afterwards - not the sort of
thing that was expected and it must have been terrible for his family,
not to mention the staff and others in more senior positions to us plebs.On
a much happier note, my eldest son has just rolled up in his 1966 MG
Midget. This brought back more memories of Geoff Herns little green
jobbie at school, not to mention 'Boff' Barnes Rambler? basketball court
station wagon along with The LoftyMobile, Mr Lofthouse's Citroen 2CV.
The LoftyMobile was a grey, corrugated strange sounding beast and we
were convinced at the time that it was a home made car.....
Dick Joliffes Renault Floride and did Mrs. Joliffe drive a Fiat 500
as well? He used to get us making bits for the Fiat in metalwork lessons.......
Then the episode of 'Swish' Cutlers new Volvo. The proud owner was somewhat
dischuffed when a few of his house students advertised it for sale on
BFNs Small Ads programme - I wonder who would have done such a thing......
Malcolm Graham (E60-65)
25 Aug 2014
Just letting you
know that my mum Janet Carr Matron in Caernarvon House WBS the only
english matron at WBS at the time passed away on July 18th. She loved
her job in Caernarvon often talked about her matron duties (bath books
etc) as well as often having members of Caernarvon house 6th form at
our house as well as staff. She always remembered having Three Times
a Lady played at her leaving do in 1979. Needless to say she also bowed
out of this world to the same tune.
Steve Carr (S76-79)
25 Aug 2014
Steve, so sad to
hear of the loss of your Mum. Please accept our condolences.I was a
Caernarvonite but in the 60's, I had no idea that there had been any
english matrons at the school.
Bill Craswell (C62-64)
25 Aug 2014
Trevor Cardy- I may have
a tape or two you recorded as well , when I played with Bow O'Barr ,
Baz Timmons ,David Sellers and the Marsdon Bros. Recorded Summer 1971
,I believe ...Also have a couple more recorded in 73 ,with Bow, Terry
Horner and Mr. Thompson , but thats after the time you left ...(I was
a hanger on in Germany for a year or two , after leaving WBS, working
at Kloster brewery ,or DuPont )
Dp you have any tapes of the Windsor Yanks in the 69-70 school years
I remember as 4th years , Jacks Union got a gig somewhere else , and
we were the only other group with enough gear to play the 5th/6th .
Our only other experience was a couple evenings at the Friday night
"Youth Club" over by the Barracks . Kind of terrifying at
the time , but we split the social with Mike Gardener,Dai Newman and
one or two other Caernarvon lads . We certainly weren't Jacks Union
,but it was fun ...
The Windsor Yanks have our own Facebook group , and is fairly active
. A reunion is in the works for October in South Carolina . Cheers
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