posted by John (Howling Jack)
jameswishart wrote on May 27, '09
great pictures John. I think the master is Tom Pierce isn't it?
deeceeau wrote on May 27, '09
Hi Jim and all ... yes, great pictures !!!
Re Mr Pierce ... actually 'George' Pierce ... Tom was his nick-name (you know, the Widdecombe Fair one)
rjbialy wrote on Jun 7, '09
Yes, Mister Perkins (Perky) - responsible for my dislike of almost all classical music - took me many years to get over associating anything clasical with his expression of contempt for us 1960s teenagers and our love of pop music as we were forced to listen to his selections interspersed with his diatribes ...
The other gentleman at the rear of the Mid-Hants Band photograph is Mr. John(?) Knight an external teacher who taught brass instrument playing on a Friday
A 1939 Postcard
Kindly supplied by John Piper
The above postcard, dated and posted on Sunday 16th. July 1939, was sent to a Musician J. Hughes serving, at the time, on H.M.S. Eagle ... As a matter of interest, HMS eagle was sunk in the Med. by a U boat in 1942. Musician Seaman Hughes does not appear in the casualty list, so hopefully he was one of the rescued, if indeed he was still a crew member at that time.
The front of the postcard shows an aerial view of Peter Symonds' School, and it is possible the original photo predates the card in 1939.
The caretakers of the day were not known by me when I joined the School in September 1944, as it was then George Yaldren and his wife, but it is possible someone out there will remember them. (It was not known if Musician J Hughes was an ex student of the School, but further research by John Piper suggests that he wasn't)