Colin St. John Walters (CHSB 1954-1961) Died 22 October 2019

First Piccadilly Radio programmer Colin Walters has died Colin started his radio as a Producer Presenter in the late 60s on the newly launched BBC Radio Nottingham. In 1970 he became Deputy Manager and by 1972 was Manager. When commercial radio started in 1973, he famously wrote to all his staff warning of the dire consequences should anyone be as …

Jack Reynolds (1922-2019) CHSB 1933-1939

A British soldier photographed sticking two fingers up in defiance to his World War Two German captors has died at the age of 97. Lt Jack Reynolds – who served in the 2nd Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment – died last week. He gave the two-fingered salute to a German cameraman shortly after he was captured during the Battle of Arnhem …

Martin Lake and Alan Baker (CHSB 1956-1963) Revised

From Michael Whittaker May 2019 on the OC Facebook wall Coming recently to the Old Cicestrians web site, I read with interest and painful memory of the sad case of Martin Lake and Alan Baker. Moving to North Bersted in summer 1955 I went to the local primary school for one year. A school with only some 125 pupils and …

Rodney Bowen (CHSB 1943-1951)

My father, Rodney Bowen, who attended Chichester High School for Boys between 1943 and 1951, sadly passed away on April 21st 2019. He was School Captain in 1950, a Prefect and member of the school’s 1st XV. I have a copy of Roger Wardale’s book, ‘Chi High 1928 – 1958’, which has a few photographs and references to my dad. …

Philip Evelyn Allman dec’d 1925-1948 (CHSB 1935-1943)

Philip Evelyn Allman was the older brother of Hugh Allman. https://www.oldcicestrians.co.uk/hugh-allman-chsb-1937-1945/ He was a Pilot Officer in the Royal Air Force and he died when he crashed in his Spitfire (Hugh thought it was a Hawker Hurricane) on 3 December 1948, shortly after World War Two. The accident occurred near Oxted in Surrey and he is buried, like his brothers …

Hugh Allman dec’d 1927-2019 (CHSB 1937-1945)

Wednesday 3 April 2019 I am sure Uncle Hugh would want me to tell the Old Cicestrians that he went to his heavenly home this morning at 9 am. He had a stroke on 20th December 2018. As you know he had been blind for about eight years, if I judge time correctly. He then became unable to walk and …

George Ayling’s Memorial Service

I learned today that George Ayling’s memorial service will take place on Friday 18 January at 3 pm at St Paul’s Church, Chichester.   George (Adolf) joined the staff of CHSB in 1950 and served for 35 years until retiring in 1985. At the grammar school, he was the music department and had to teach in the hall as there …

Robert Patrick Harman (CHSB 1954 -1960) b. 1943 d. 2001

From Robert’s brother-in-law: As regards Robert, he moved to Reading after one year of “A” levels at Chichester and finished them at Reading Technical College. After a gap year during which he worked for Boots the Chemists, he went up to Leicester University and qualified as a Pharmacist. He returned to Reading and worked first as an assistant manager for Boots, …

Maurice William Cowell (b.1930-d.2018) – former master

Maurice was born in 1930 into a world that would be unrecognisable today. There was 25% unemployment in the UK and workhouses had only just been abolished. One thing that hasn’t changed though is that England lost the Ashes to Australia 2-1. Quite remarkably, Don Bradman, that most famous of Australian batsmen, scored an unbelievable 2960 runs at an average …