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 – 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, …

Oceanos – a real life Poseidon

Keith Upton (1955-1962)  A weekend cruise from East London to Durban along the South African coast On 3 August 1991 my wife Jeanette and I flew down to East London with my 4½-year-old daughter Lauren for a one day cruise back to Durban on the Oceanos liner. We left my 6-month-old son Wayne with friends, one car at the airport …

A Sussex accent by Paul Taylor (1955-1962)

We had KD for Divinity in the 3rd year and Burph was always asking us what we were learning as he was not sure that the Old Man was keeping to the syllabus.  Divinity with KD, on the occasions when he turned up for a lesson, consisted of reading passages from the Bible so that he could check that our …

Christmas Festivities 1962

Many from my years at School will have visited the Black Dog & Duck at Bury. Sadly, the pub is no more as it has been converted into two luxury residences. On the other hand, the main property still proudly bears the name “The Black Dog & Duck”. If you click on the link below and scroll down you will …

Stitched by Ian B Walters

Speech Day circa 1956.  Ian Walters receiving his prize. Can anyone identify the dignitary, please? Here is a story that is not trivial. Not at all, for I have come to think that it is quite likely a major, albeit subconscious, reason for my leaving England in 1973. It was certainly the reason why it took me so long to …

History of The Grasshoppers Rugby Team

The beginnings of Rugby at CHSB – the first Grasshoppers XV     “The Grasshoppers”: A Short History By Doctor Tony Deacock In 1944, towards the end of the war, a group of senior pupils at Chichester High School for Boys got together to play Rugby Football. It is likely that none of them had ever seen a game played. …