More memories of a Chichester evacuee – Donald Bishop

Henry Thornton School (HTS) was evacuated to Bognor Regis in September 1939. It was a blunder as there was no grammar school in that town. By 1 November 1939 HTS was settled in Chichester High School for Boys (CHSB). Boys-only the two schools may have been, but there were differences. The Head Masters were a contrast. The host Head, Dr …

More memories of a Chichester evacuee by Monty Clarkson Old Thorntonian (1935 -1942)

I believe the following were evacuated with the school:  Messrs Evans, John, Jeremy, Gribble, Lambert, Haill, Bacon, Cossins, Collins, Collings, Cooper, Dix, Cundall, Read, Summerton, Wigley and Bramble. Mr Morgan was seriously injured in a car accident near Oxford when driving back from holiday in Wales to rejoin the school for the evacuation. He never came back to teach but …

More Memories of a Chichester Evacuee

I have one very clear memory of my Henry Thornton (HTS) days at Chichester. From other reminiscences I have seen, relations between the two schools were implied to be cordial, but this was not my experience. We were the “Black Beetles” and they were the “Greenfly”, and disputes and insults were common. School lunch breaks etc. were scheduled so that …

More Memories of a Chichester Evacuee – Peter Lawson Old Thorntonian (1936 -1941)

We met on Friday 1st September 1939 at 8.30am and travelled to Balham (S.R) with haversacks and small attaché cases, to arrive in Bognor just after mid-day. In crocodile formation we marched, full of excitement, to the Social Centre/Theatre opposite the Pier Head, where we were “’selected” by “locum parents” and put into small groups for billeting. I was lucky, …

Henry Thornton School in the country (1939-1946)

In eager expectation we watched the stations pass. Bognor! Some had happy memories of the place in peace time, and some did indeed for a while remain there. Others went to villages, others again to bungalow towns. After a few days, contact was regained between the various sections. The weather was lovely, the war far away, the bathing for most …

Old Thorntonians

Many of you will already know that during the Second World War Henry Thornton School was evacuated from South London to Chichester and shared premises with The High School for Boys. Two of the masters who came with the school stayed on at the end of the war and many will remember Mr Collins and Mr Haill. Jimmy Hill, footballer …