Monday, 16 February 2009

Masters

I am not sure if this will work !!!

Hopefully, I have attached a photo of a Masters who was at the School in 1954, whose name no-one can remember ... a couple of people have come up with a not very nice nickname, namely 'Bogbrush' ... there was a Mr. Laverty (Woodwork) at the School in the 40's, who was known as 'Bogs', but that is not the same person ...

Can anyone help please ? ... even 'guesses' or 'might be' could trigger someone's memory !!! ...

Thanks in anticipation ...

Doug Clews
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17 comments:

  1. His name was Smith and he taught French. His hair stood up and so his nickname was Flue Brush or Bog Brush.He was a good teacher and from time to time arranged for une assistante francaise who was invariably very attractive to us fifteen and sixteen year olds.

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  2. I G Smith comes to mind, and "Boggers" was indeed his nickname. It was in his class that I learnt that "Ian" has no natural equivalent - so I became "Jacques" for the rest of my time in his class. I have him to thank for teaching me more that I thought I knew; all of which came in handy 35 years later when I started to import French wine... but that's another story!

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  3. Hello Doug,

    The guy's name was Mr. Smith. Our class actually knew him as Fluebrush.

    I only had dealings with him twice:

    Once he taught our class German while E.Gladwell was sick. Ernest was not best pleased when he found out - "Hmm! That is Mr. Smith's accent again..." he would say for months after.

    Once he took us for a maths lesson when the master was sick and on this occasion Ross Hinton and some others started to "play him up" which resulted in a huge clout on the head from Smith. Ross burst into tears and called out "Bastard" in a high voice. Nothing further was done or said.

    That would have been between 1954 and 1958.

    Best wishes,

    Bill.

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  4. Well, I think we can safely say it is Mr. I.G. Smith ... we now have three 'nick-names' for him ... Bogbrush, Boggers and Fluebrush ... gee, what a haircut can do for your image !!!

    Thanks to John Piper for the photo (more to follow in 'Photos' soon) and for all of the subsequent help

    Doug Clews (1944 - 1950)

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  5. Doug, his nickname was 'bogbrush' and I believe he was a teacher of French.

    John Andrews

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  6. I can verify this, tho' I didn't pay much attention to what he taught! If I remember rightly it was 'Boggers' (or BogBrush) Smith who belted a lad 'round the ear with a ruler and made it bleed. They were hard in those days....

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  7. Just as an aside. Does anyone remember the School's connection with the Wombles?

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  8. Yes, originator of Wombles was Mike Batt, boarder in Wyke Lodge in the '60s., seem to recall he was also member of "Fallen Angels"(?) group with housemaster's sons.

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  9. We called him "Boggers", I recall his son joining PS in mid'60's and we straight away christened him "Toothbrush"!

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  10. He used to give "black marks" for speaking English in his lessons; I remember a certain A. Sherrington amassing a term's worth in one exchange with Mr Smith!

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  11. The Wombles-Mike Batt was a couple of years ahead of me, but I do remember that Andy Renton was also in the band; Andy's father Tim was also a Master at the school.
    Tony Sherrington - now there's a name! I spent a lot of time with him - same class, same queue at the end of each week in the corridor to see Jake with our report forms!

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  12. Anthony Sherrington - who was actually Anthony Mackenzie - became a helicopter mechanic, and now I believe owns a garage somewhere...... he did superb "Disney" character drawings! Same class too.

    Weren't Andy and Tim brothers, and their Dad was house master?

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  13. Still on the subject of Masters (AND Mistresses) ... does anyone perchance have any photos of any of the following: Mr. Woodley, Mr. Lowman, Mr. Fogwell, Mr. Laverty, Mr. Barwell, Mr. Ferguson
    And the Mistresses: Miss. Guy, Miss. Lapham, Miss. Kay, Miss. White, Miss. Noble
    Thanks ! ...
    Doug from WOZ

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  14. My memories of Bogbrush was that he was a nasty sadistic man, who would spend his Saturdays walking the streets of Winchester looking for boys smoking and / or misbehaving. He would tell the offender to see him on Monday, and he would then walk the boy up the school field, make him choose a green stick from the hedge, and then beat the student with it. A nasty man.

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  15. I remember him very well. He was a nasty sadistic man, with a sly manner, He lived in Twyford, I believe, but spent his Saturdays walking around Winchester looking for boys who were smoking or 'misbehaving'. He would tell the miscreant to report to him at school on Monday, and woud thne walk the boy up the playing field, have him select a green stick from the hedge, and then beat him with it. He beat me on at least two occasions - I forget what for.

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  16. Thanks Bob for that 'additional' information about Mr. Smith ... I am personally glad, as no doubt are others, that I was before the time of his 'reign of terror' ... Im can only recall one master who had a 'sadistic streak', namely Hetty Hammond ... he liked to 'flick' a foot rule against your cheek, or hit you across the knuckles with a foot rule with a metal insert along its edge ... both quite painful, but, from memory, it took the father of Peter Nicholls (aka 'Tubby' Nicholls) to put a stop to all that.

    Cheers all and keep smiling ...and PLEASE keep the posts coming ;;; it's been more than a bit quiet of late !!!

    Doug from WOZ

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  17. Bloggers taught me French from 1967-70 and was indeed a slimy and unpleasant piece of work. He also took chess club on a Tuesday after school. How come I remember that? There were worse teachers there though. Some would be operation yew tree contenders now, I do remember Ma Batt, mikes mum who taught art and her oppo Pa Renton who used to nip off down the jolly farmers every morning for a sly one?

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