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Roy Tetley

Sad to note in today's Keighley News, the passing of Roy Tetley at the age of 83years. Roy lived in Long Lee during his school years and I played Rugby with him in the Under 14s XV and the Colts XV during the mid-to-late 40s. A tall lad(second row) and not very talkative; I did bump into him some years ago at Golden Acre Park, Leeds and had a short conversation with him. I learned from him that he didn't much enjoy his years at School, which is sad.
In Roy's 'obit' it stated that he and his wife, prroduced three sons and nine grandchildren!! Well done, Roy. R.I.P.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1945-50

Current location (optional) Keighley(still)

Re: Family Notices

Pennington, David Rigg. May 22nd 2010 at Spring Mount Reside ntial Home, Heaton, Bradford. Aged 72 years.....
Extract from "The Keighley News"

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 55-60

Current location (optional) Harrogate

Ken Brown

A former Cowling man, Ken Brown, has died at the age of 64...link

Re: Family Notices

Tony (T.C.L.) Bell died on 31st July 2010.
Tony was my cousin, and a couple of years older than me. He left KBGS in 1964 and trained as a teacher. He taught in Middle Schools before becoming an Advisory Teacher for Secondary Mathematics, spending most of his working life in Leeds. On his retirement he and his wife moved to Ireland, where she was born, and he continued his interest in fishing and playing the guitar.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1958-65

Current location (optional) Leeds

Re: Family Notices

Shaun , I am sorry to hear that. Though he was in upper sixth when I was in lower, we has some maths lessons together and I sat by him A fairly large fellow I think. Didnt know he was your cousin

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1958-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Re: Family Notices

I'm afraid there are two more KBGS lads who've gone to that great sport arena in the sky.
Dave Walsh, age 65. Good Morton Cricketer.
Arthur Durham, age 67 International Cyclist.

Re: Family Notices

Dave Walsh, a close mate while at KBGS - a sad farewell Dave.

pick

Current location (optional) Oz

Re: Family Notices

I am saddened to give news of the sudden death of my cousin, Bill Harley, (KBGS 1954-61)at home in Filey. He leaves a widow, Rita.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1952-60

Current location (optional) Lincoln

Re: Family Notices

Re Peter Narey. I note with sadness, the passing of Peter Narey on 17th February in Stratford( Keighley News 24th Feb) I remember Peter as an active cricketer with Ingrow St Johns C.C.in the mid 50's, and at KBGS. He was a batsman who bowled a bit, and a bowler who batted a bit. Keen in the field and always talking. A good man to have in your side. Peter as a young player, can be seen on the 1945 Cricket photograph of Holy Trinity, posted by Mike Nichols, who stands extreme right, with Peter seated, second in from right.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1945-50

Current location (optional) Keighley

Re: Clive Hewitt

Reported in the Keighley News on the 27th January was the passing of Clive Hewitt. His entry in the KN 'Obits' was pointed out to me by a couple of members of the Keighley Retired Mens' Forum who were classmates of Clive, whose picture appears on the 1948, Form 4x photograph where he stands, on the back row, last but one on the right hand side. A regular KBGS Website contributor, Denis Pickles, appears(unmissable)on the front row, seated.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1945-50

Current location (optional) Keighley

Eddie Bracewell

I have been informed by Mike Sharpe that Eddie Bracewell (whom I didn't know personally) passed away on 20 April 2011.
His funeral will take place on 4 May at All Saints Church, Corston, Bath, to be followed by cremation at Haycombe, Bath.
Anyone requiring further details, please contact Mr. David Jenkins on 01633 413942.

Re: JG Batley and BW Anderton

One of the less pleasant aspects of sending out invitations to the KBGS biennial reunions is learning that particular old boys have died since the last reunion. In this case, I am told by Mrs Cicely Batley that her husband, John Geoffrey Batley, of Ilkley, died on 6th March 2010, and by Mrs Helen Humphreys that her father, Mr BW Anderton (of Earby, Lancashire), passed away just before last Christmas. I have contact details for both these ladies should anyone wish to be in touch with them.

a.d.thompson@hull.ac.uk

Doug

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Cottingham, East Yorkshire

Re: Eddie Bracewell

Brian , thanks for that info. Eddie Bracewell was the elder brother (by about 3-4 years) of John, whom you will doubtless remember, and they were cousins of Robert and William Bracewell. They lived near the Oakworth Rd end of Kensington St, their father had a blacksmith forge at the Goulbourne St end, he made lots of wrought iron work, including repairing Cliffe Castle Gate. All the Bracewells were members (as was I)of Knowle Park Cricket Club.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Re: Eddie Bracewell

Eddie was a fine cricketer. Could have sworn he was six years older than John. Young William could tell us.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1958-65

Current location (optional) Leeds

Re: Eddie Bracewell

John Waddington Feather has written to me of the death of his life-long friend, Howard Binns (KBGS 1942-49).

Howard left KBGS to read Medicine at Leeds University, later to go to Radcliffe Hospital , Oxford, on a scholarship where he finished his medical studies. Doing his National Service in the RAF, he was stationed at RAF Abingdon as a medical officer where one Waddington Feather turned in for treatment for a knee injured in a parachute jump. Their friendship , started at KBGS, was rekindled .

They had had a joyful youth, sharing fun at KBGS Camp, Kirkcudbright. Howard and his elder brother ,Philip, were keen cricketers and played frequently for Keighley CC. Howard later married his KGGS sweetheart and went on to set up his medical practice, commuting between Harley Street and Chicago where he had a high reputation in plastic surgery. His brother Philip, who also lived in the USA, predeceased him.

On his retirement, he took up residence at Princes Risborough, where he was visited by John and his wife. He had been active mowing his lawn the day before he died in the early hours of last Sunday morning.

Proud of his roots, he frequently chatted with John on the phone about the start they had in life in Keighley.

He leaves a widow, Ruth, a son and two daughters, and grandchildren, two of whom are studying medicine.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1952-60

Current location (optional) Lincoln

Re: Eddie Bracewell

I wonder if you could point out Howard on the 46 Photo of the school . It may jog my memory . His name is familiar to me .

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 43-46

Current location (optional) Tasmania

Re: Howard Binns

Mike
As you have had no reply I have searched the 1946 panorama. I identified Philip Binns, Howard's elder brother on page 1 - seated eighth from the left. Then I looked for a slightly younger version and I think I may have located Howard on page 6 - back row eighth from right. I would be interested to have confirmation from someone who was in the same year at school.
My wife (Valerie Taylor) was friendly with both Howard and Ruth and we visited them once at their place near Princes Risborough many years ago. When Valerie died in 2007 I tried to get in contact but failed. However two years ago, with the help of their local parish clerk, I discovered that they still lived at the same place so I was able to have a chat with him on the phone.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1937-1944

Current location (optional) Huntingdon

Re: Howard Binns

Thanks for that David, I do remember them both .Good to hear from a pre war entrant . Not many add comments now .Mike

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 43-46

Current location (optional) Tasmania

Re: Tony (Anthony Jack) Simpson

It is with very great sadness that I have learned that Tony Simpson, of Cleckheaton (formerly Queensbury), died this morning. He suffered a massive stroke last weekend and never recovered consciousness. He and I were in the same form throughout our time at KBGS and, after a gap of more than forty years got back in touch again several years ago. He was at the last three KBGS Reunions and had intended being with us on 2nd September. He leaves a wife, Doreen, and two daughters.

Doug

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Cottingham, East Yorkshire

Re: Tony (Anthony Jack) Simpson

I have just heard that Bryan Waterhouse passed away on Saturday morning after a sharp deterioration in his health.
He was the Chief Metallurgist when I went to work as a trainee metallurgist at Anderton Springs in Bingley in 1963. He was the best boss I ever had and set the benchmark for those that followed - none came close!

Re: Tony (Anthony Jack) Simpson

There is a half-page obituary to AJ Simpson in The Yorkshire Post (9.7.11).
Anthony appears in the cricket photos " Cricket 2nd XI - 1958" - back left.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1952-60

Current location (optional) Lincoln

David H Smith

I have received an email today (Tuesday July 26th) from 1950's Grammar School colleague Barrie C Smith (ex Queensbury). A sad note that his brother, David H Smith, passed away yesterday Monday 25th.
David was living in Sutton.
I'll post further details on receipt from Barrie

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1950-1955

Current location (optional) KEIGHLEY

David H Smith

Notice to friends, relatives and ex KBGS colleagues
David's funeral is on Friday August 5th at 11.30.
It will be held at Nab Wood Crematorium.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1950-1955

Current location (optional) KEIGHLEY

Re: David H Smith

SMITH David Henry July 26, suddenly, at Leeds General Infirmary, David, aged 75 years. Husband of Cynthia, loving father to Alison and Robert, devoted grandpa to Georgia and Milly, much loved by the family and those who were close to him. Funeral service and cremation to be held at Nab Wood Crematorium, Shipley, on Friday, August 5, at 11.30a.m. Family flowers only, however, donations in memory of David would be appreciated to the Neo Natal Unit, at Leeds General Infirmary, a plate will be provided at the chapel for this purpose.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1950-1955

Current location (optional) KEIGHLEY

John Michael (Mick) Green

See this thread

Re: Mr W. Nicholson

Sadly, I have to announce also the death of Mr W Nicholson, which occurred on 3 November 2010. Some of you may well have known about this already, having seen it in the local press. I found out about it in response to an invitation to the forthcoming Reunion.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Cottingham, East Yorkshire

Re: Norman Weatherhead

It is with very great sadness that I have just learned of the death, this morning, Sunday 20 November, of my old school contemporary, Norman Weatherhead, at his home in the west Midlands. A great cricketer, a talented rugby player and goal-kicker, and a larger-than-life personality. He had been suffering from a heart condition for several years. He would have been at the last KBGS Reunion, had not a misunderstanding led to his non-attendance. I'm afraid I have no further details, as yet.

Doug

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Padiham, Lancashire

Re: Norman Weatherhead

Sorry to hear that sad news. He used to live just three doors down from us in Third Avenue.

How old was Norman?

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1959 - 66

Current location (optional) Embsay

Re: Norman Weatherhead

Dave, I think Norm would be 71. It was Anne Carlisle who told me... you very likely knew her as well.

Doug

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Padiham, Lancashire

Re: Norman Weatherhead

Would that have been Anne Marron who used to live next door to Norman in Third Avenue Doug?

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1959 - 66

Current location (optional) Embsay

Re: Norman Weatherhead

No, she was Carlisle (now Sunderland). She and Norman were in the same Infants and Junior class at (I think) Ingrow School. She went to KGGS at the same time Norm went to our place. She lived, I'm almost certain, in Broomfield Road - so that might have been some distance from where you and NW lived.

Doug

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Betwixt and between

Re: Norman Weatherhead

Lovely to read your kind words. Dad was with me and mum when he died. He talked of his days at KBGS. He is so very missed by us all. A super dad, grandpa and friend to so many. A man I am so proud to call my dad. Thanks.

Current location (optional) Solihull

Harry Feather

Harry Frederick Feather (1923-2011)

Herry passed away peacefully last week in Colchester Hospital His funeral is on the 4th January.

My brother Harry and my sister Irene were born at the beginning of the Great Depression of the 1920s and 1930s. It affected every family and became so acute in ours that Harry had to leave the sixth-form of Keighley Boys’ Grammar School at the age of sixteen to begin work in a garage. Our father, Ira Feather, was a well-known Keighley auctioneer, and married my mother, Belle, a Silsden lady, but she, too, had to return to work as weaver in the mill across the road from our house, the Lawkholme Weaving Company, where she continued weaving till she was sixty to send her four children, to university and college. She herself had left school at twelve to work in a mill.
Because Harry had done well in the sciences in his School Certificate, when war broke out he was drafted into the laboratories at the munitions research establishment at Steeton in a reserved occupation. But when he was eighteen in 1941, he petitioned the Keighley M.P., Ivor Thomas, to enlist in the forces. Thomas told him he was the only person who’d petitioned him to get into the armed forces. Others in his constituency had petitioned him trying to get out!
Harry went first into the army in the Royal Signals and trained as a wireless operator and telegraphist. Then when the Royal Navy suffered severe losses he was transferred into the Navy as a crew member of H.M.S “Lamont”, which was on escort duty with the Atlantic merchant navy convoys bringing vital supplies from America and Canada to Britain and being attacked all the way by Nazi submarines.
It was on escort duty that his ship had an experience later recorded in the film, “The Cruel Sea”. In mid-Atlantic the engines failed on the ‘Lamont’ which drifted helplessly alone for three days while the rest of the convoy sailed on. All around were U-boats waiting to strike, and Harry never knew why they didn’t sink his ship. He guessed it was because they were saving their torpedoes for merchant vessels laden with supplies.
Eventually, the ship’s engineers got an engine working and they limped into New York harbour. And it was from here we received jolly post-cards from Harry depicting the Stage-Door Canteen which hosted servicemen on leave. Throughout the war we also received letters with bits cut out by the censor.
Later, his ship was attached to the American Far Eastern Fleet and the ‘Lamont’ had to take on board a full complement of landing-craft ready for the Far Eastern landings against the Japanese, who had occupied many islands. As the ‘Lamont’ was sailing down the east coast of America, a tornado suddenly blew up and the ship had to race for the Mississippi estuary for shelter else it would have capsized so laden was it. Harry, as signalman, was the first to see the tornado approaching from the crow’s nest at the top of the mainmast.
Harry’s ship sailed to Sydney in Australia, where with the rest of his crew he was hosted by generous Australians as he went ashore. To his utter surprise, he discovered he was hosted by a long-lost cousin of his father, whose family had emigrated from Keighley to Sydney in the late nineteenth century.
When the ‘Lamont’ had completed its tour of duty with the American fleet it returned to Britain, where Harry left it to join a Motor Torpedo Boat which was to take part as escort in the invasion of France on D-Day. Several of the MTBs in his flotilla were sunk when they hit a minefield. The war ended in 1945 and he was drafted to Sierra Leone for some months helping to dismantle a large wartime radio station in Freemantle.
Harry was demobbed in 1946 and applied successfully for an ex-serviceman’s grant to study for an agricultural degree at Leeds University – a hard slog considering he’d left school at sixteen with only his School Certificate. He then spent a year on farm in East Yorkshire then began his degree course travelling in daily to the university, spending the weekend at home socialising in Keighley, where he played rugby for the Keighlians 1st XV, till he graduated in 1950, the year he married Christine Horsfall from Silsden. He became also one of the first three brothers to graduate at Leeds University.
He spent the first years of his farming career managing farms until he was appointed lecturer at Walford Farm Institute in Shropshire. He left there to become head of the agricultural department at Colchester Technical College in 1956, where he spent the rest of his career. In Essex he became well known in rural life as Master of the Garrison Beagles at Colchester and president of the East Anglian Pigeon Racing Federation. He also very successfully bred show canaries right up to the time of his death.
Harry was very much a family man and had two sons, David and Michael, and a daughter, Judith, and several grandchildren. He was very happily married to Christine for sixty one years.

John Waddington-Feather.

Current location (optional) Singapore

Re: Notices

Sadly I have to revisit this thread to post another notice.
Allan Jones has just informed me of the death yesterday of Brian Exley in Portchester near Portsmouth. His funeral is to be held on 12th March at 10.30 a.m. at Portchester Crematorium, I understand. He had been suffering from prostate cancer for a number of years.
Brian was one of the KBGS entrants in the "bulge" year of 1958.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1958-65

Current location (optional) Leeds

Re: Notices

Sorry to hear that, I was in the same from as him for a couple of years. Tallish lad who played rugby in the second row.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Brian Exley

Brian and I got in touch with each other again, via David Haig, about four years ago and we saw each other both here in Edinburgh and at his home in Portsmouth on a number of occasions. Despite having suffered from prostate cancer for many years, he remained relatively well until about a year ago. According to his wife, Helen, he suffered a brain haemorrhage at New Year and never fully recovered. He was well cared for in hospice for the last two weeks of his life. I have many fond memories of
Brian at school and later at Sheffield University. He played number 8 for the school first XV in 1964/65. His career was in teaching, and he spend many years abroad teaching English, before returning to the UK and settling first in Bournemouth, then in Portsmouth.

Re: Brian Exley

I have many happy memories of time spent with Brian. Boozy nights in the Bradford Arms now demolished, hitch-hiking to The Lakes and once camping in the snow in February in Langdale. The summer after we left school David Pamment, David Wright, Brian and me sailed round the canals of the Midlands and the following summer Brian and me hitch-hiked around Europe going from Sweden to Austria and all places between the two. We regularly corresponded through the years Brian worked in Libya and later in Saudi and through the 15 years he suffered progressively more serious effects of prostate cancer. Brian suffered a great deal over the years but showed great determination to make the best of things and not give in. Who will control Monty, Brian's mega-size Airedale terrier, now?

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1961-1965

Current location (optional) Church Stretton

Re: Brian Exley

Sad news about Brian.Last time I saw him was at Sheffield Uni.We said hello on the corridor leading from the library to the arts tower, if I remember right, and never saw him again.The different paths we all take.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58=66

Re: Brian Exley

My earliest recollection of Brian relates to my mother washing his rugby jersey after each weekly "games" session.
Back in the late 50s - before the advent of those "reversible" green/white tops - some of us were required, regularly, to swop with members of the other form involved. (Presumably, Gilbert's attempt to balance team strengths).
Brian and I, being of similar stature at that time, were one such pair. I remember my Mum commenting (with a degree of acerbity!) on how enthusiastically Brian must have participated, for my green top to acquire so much mud every week.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1958 - 65

Current location (optional) Dudley, West Midlands

Re: Bill (William Ronald) Ash

Sadly I have to report the death, on 7 June, of my old friend Bill Ash (1951-56), after a short illness. Originally from Long Lee he spent his working life in the electriciy-generating industry, and retired eventually to Melksham in Wiltshire. He leaves a wife, Beryl, and four sons (and several grandchildren) by his first marriage to Pauline Rothwell (also Long Lee).

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) East Yorkshire

Re: Bill (William Ronald) Ash

I was saddened to read of Billy Ash's recent death. Although he was of a different school generation (Billy would have been leaving KBGS at about the time I was starting at Long Lee Primary) I remember how pleased we were as ten or eleven year old local lads whenever Billy turned up to help his father run the Methodist Youth Club. With us, Billy was friendly, amusing, tolerant - great fun and a nice guy.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1962-69

Current location (optional) Nottingham

Re: Bill (William Ronald) Ash

Yes, Dave, that was Billy all right. I didn't see him for 44 years but an old mutual friend put us back in touch again. I managed to see him just once, in 2007, and just for an hour or so, but he hadn't changed, neither in character nor in looks. We corresponded a lot over the next few years but then, out of the blue he told me he had about a year to live, very matter-of-factly. It turned out to be half that time, as it happened.

Doug

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) East Yorkshire

Re: Family Notices

I noted in The Keighley News (Aug 9th-P20) an article reporting the recent death of Bernard Johnson in California. The article commented on his attendance at KBGS and his engineering apprenticeship at Prince,Smiths; followed by his marriage and his emigration to Canada. Following his divorce and re-marriage he moved to California. Sadly, he was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2008 and died recently at the age of 71. I was not at School the same time as Bernard but I remembered his name from this Forum's well-used thread "Yorkshire Words and Sayings" which he originally posted.

Ian Fearnside

FEARNSIDE Ian On September 23 2012 peacefully at home, Ian aged 80 years

More here

Re: Geoffrey Rundle

Sad to report that Geoffrey Rundle passed away on Sunday, 14th October, peacefully, at home.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1945-50

Current location (optional) Keighley

Michael Heaton

Suddenley at his Wibsey home on Friday 9th November 2012

Michael Heaton
(KBGS 1950 - 1955)

R.I.P.

John Haygarth

I believe another of our year John Haygarth also passed away some time ago.MIght be somewhere on this site

"Yes, John Haygarth died two or three years back. Didn't know about John Bailey though. Is that info on here somewhere?" Allan Jones

Yes I am sorry to hear about John. He and I went off to Nottingham Uni 1965-68, though we were in different 'Halls' and courses so we lost contact after a year or so.

Re: John Haygarth

I exchanged a few emails with John Haygarth some years ago, and had learned of his death from this site. Didn't know about "Baz" Bailey though. John Clapham is another from our year whose death was reported a while back.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1958 - 65

Current location (optional) Dudley, West Midlands

Re: John Haygarth

So sorry to hear of John Bailey, we went through primary school together, along with John Clapham.

Re: Family Notices

Since I brought the news to the forum that John Bailey has died I’ve been asked to post the news on Family Notices.
I knew John mainly through my association with Cowling and then KBGS. He was the son of the village butcher, George. We both used to play for the Cowling football team on Saturday afternoons and then spend Saturday evenings at The Imperial ballroom Nelson. His Mum used to provide a warm bed and a full English breakfast the following morning.
John was an excellent linguist, mastering Latin, French and German. After gaining his degree at Nottingham University he went in to teaching languages. He told me he used to use Jim Hall’s as his main text book.
The last school he taught at was Walton High, Nelson (The old Nelson Grammar) whose headmaster was Mr. Williams- the ex KBGS English teacher (who died in 2010/11?).
After a short illness John died of bowel cancer in March 2008. He left a widow Carole and three grown children, Mathew, Mark and Stephanie. As a keen field sportsman he requested his ashes spread over The Forest of Bowland.
Perhaps others can add to this tribute to a very generous friend.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1958-1965

Current location (optional) Brighouse West Yorkshire

Re: Family Notices

Aged about 14, a group of us from the Highfield area of Keighley would often walk over to Cowling Pinnacle (am I remembering the name right)? On one such excursion on a sunny day in the summer holidays we encountered John plus air rifle, practising his shooting skills. He let me have a shot and I pointed the gun at a starling that had settled on a rock. It was first time lucky for me and unlucky for the poor bird. I decided that the starling was going home to feed his/her kids and I felt terrible! So, whilst I've never held a gun of any type since, I know that for John, shooting became a lifelong passion, and he was well placed in his Pennine location to pursue field sports expertly. It was he who once suggested going grouse beating in August. A quid a day -riches beyond anyone's dreams: a whole half LP. So off we went, and whilst he strode out over the moors, expertly beating his flag, yours truly attempted every short cut in the book to make the activity expend least physical exercise. So, whilst he would carefully skirt any moorland obstacle (like a bog), Jonah would favour trying the shortcut and jumping across it. But, then, Jonah being of the heavy variety, didn't quite make it, and landed up to his armpits in bog. I seem to remember John didn't manage to keep a straight face. I too had visits to the flat above the butcher's shop in Cowling. John had an older brother, I seem to remember. Anyway, in the sixth form he and I along, along with Jim Hall and others, opted for the Latin/French/German curriculum. So we were a close knit group and it's so sad for me to think that both Jim and John are no longer with us. I was, through this site, able to have a brief email exchange with John. On reflection, it must have been around the time he became ill. We arranged to meet up at Colne Blues Festival that year, but unfortunately the meeting never happened. I'd really looked forward to catching up with him properly. Anyway - good memories and many more that I will reflect on tonight. Bill, thanks for letting us know.

Re: Family Notices

Yes as I said earlier John Bailey and I were just two who went to Nottm Uni in 1965. There as also a girl from KGGS, her name was Jean (possibly Greenhalgh). John was in Lenton Hall, right opposite mine, Lincoln Hall. But he was Arts, I was science, so we soon developed our own circles of friends in depts and Halls, so I saw him infrequently after the first couple of terms. Jim wrote several French text books under the name C. James Hall. They were still being used on the Wirral when we moved here in 1988, whether they still are I dont know. Must have been better than Milton and Fox (Clarendon French Course)

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Re: Family Notices

I thought the Clarendon French Course was very good for 1939-45.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1952-60

Current location (optional) Lincoln

Re: Family Notices

So did Harry Blinks, with some pride 20 years later!
I recall him telling our class that any invitation by Oxford University Press to attach the name "Clarendon" carried enormous kudos. (Wasn't "Clarendon" the name of a particular type face they used, or something along those lines?)

I can't really pass judgement on the course myself, never having had anything with which to compare it. I remember the books well, though, and they seemed to do the job, at least in the more esoteric atmosphere of those days. KGS dumped them rather quickly and unceremoniously on Harry's retirement.

Apologies for continuing discussion of this in the wrong "thread"

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1958-65

Current location (optional) Dudley, West Midlands

Re: Family Notices

Geoffrey Dewhirst
The following was published in the Keighley News on 13 December 2012
'DEWHIRST Geoffrey On Saturday December 8 2012, suddenly at Leeds General Infirmary, Geoffrey aged 86 years. Dearly loved husband of the late Dorothy and much loved father of Claire.'
The funeral service took place on Monday December 17 at Keighley Shared Church.
Geoffrey was at KBGS from around 1937 and I believe lived in Keighley throughout his life. I knew him at KBGS and later at Temple Street Methodist Church.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1937-1944

Current location (optional) Huntingdon

Re: Family Notices

David W. Dewhirst

Published on 01/10/2012 by University of Cambridge, Institute of Astronomy

David W. Dewhirst (1926-2012) was an astronomer and librarian at the Cambridge Observatories and the Institute of Astronomy from 1950 to retirement in 1993. He was also a Gresham Professor of Astronomy and Chairman of the RAS Library for many years. He died on Sunday 23 September 2012. He remained interested in the IoA Library and the history of astronomy. He was also a benefactor to the Society of the History of Astronomy. He will be very much missed. There was a funeral service for him at Corpus Christi Chapel, Cambridge on Monday 8th October 2012.

David was at KBGS from 1936. He was a cousin of Geoffrey whose death I posted earlier. I believe he had been at Cambridge University since leaving school.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1937-1944

Current location (optional) Huntingdon

Re: Family Notices

Yes I also knew Geoffrey. Partly through connections at Temple St Meths (though I was Lund Park, I had organ lessons at Temple St), but he also was in about 1963-5 the second team wicket keeper for Knowle Park Congs cricket team.
He had huge hands, second only to those of Walter Twigg.
Sorry to hear he has passed away.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Paul Greenwood

Paul Greenwood, who taught music in 1958 passed away tonight 12/02/2013.
I do not know what years he was at KBGS, but I think he left in the summer of 1959.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1958-1964

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Adrian Greenwood

I have to report of the death of Adrian Greenwood-ex K.B.G.S.- a great supporter of the Grammar School and a good friend to all who worked for him.

Thread here

Geoffrey Stuart Newiss

I am sadly registering the passing of my brother Geoffrey Stuart.
He attended KBGS (1955-1960)
Geoffrey passed away in Airedale Hospital on Thursday February 28th

The funeral (Celebration of his Life) will take place at St Barnabas Church, Calton Road, Thwaites Brow on Thursday March 14th at 12.30pm. to be followed by cremation at Oakworth Crematorium

God Bless
RIP

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1950-1955

Current location (optional) KEIGHLEY

Mike Dean

My father Mike Dean passed away suddenly on 16th December 2012 of a heart attack. His funeral was on 22nd December in Perth. He leaves a wife and three children Jonathon (39), Andrew (34) and Sarah (29) and a grandson Ollie (1).

We moved to Scotland in March 1990 due to dads work commitments and have lived in a village called Errol ever since. Dad fell in love with the house after seeing the garden and views of the river Tay from the living room window and decided to buy the house before seeing the rest of it! He purchased the house without my mum ever seeing it (luckily she loved the house too when she saw it the day we were moving in!).

Dad worked within the bus industry for 48 years, latterly with Citylink aiming to get to 50 years before eventually retiring.

Dad was happiest when pottering in the garden or winding myself and the dog up and he will be missed greatly.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58 - 64

Current location (optional) Perth Scotland

Re: Mike Dean

I note from the Keighley News that Don Newiss passed away on Monday after a long illness. He was 67. I knew him only slightly but I am sure there are others on here who knew him well

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Don Newiss

Is this the Don who lived somewhere up near Exley Head, a very good self-taught pianist who appeared on the radio once. Dark-haired, self-effacing fellow. Open to correction but I think that was Don Newiss.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1958-65

Current location (optional) Leeds

Re: Don Newiss

Yes Shaun it is.
He played keyboards for many years with a band called The Black Sheep.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1959-1964

Current location (optional) Keighley

Re: Don Newiss

NEWISS Donald On January 12 2014 after a long illness, Donald aged 67 years. Dear father of Jake and Johnathan, loving grandad, loved brother of Graham and John. Funeral service and cremation will take place at Oakworth Crematorium on Monday January 20 at 10.45am. No flowers by request but donations would be appreciated to Manorlands. A box will be provided at the service for this purpose or may be sent to David Gallagher Funeral Directors, Airedale House, Skipton Road, Utley, Keighley, BD20 6DT.

Donald was my cousin and brother of Graham (KBGS) and John
GOD BLESS
RIP

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1950-1955

Current location (optional) KEIGHLEY

David Pennington

Died at home on 20th February 2014. From the Lund Park area, David had had a serious stroke 17 years ago which had left him seriously disabled and had badly affected his speech. Pam, his wife cared for him at home throughout those 17 years.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1954 - 1960

Current location (optional) Embsay, Skipton

Re: Keith Waddington

Very sorry to hear that, I knew Keith well.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

David Pennington

David Pennington (b June 1946) has passed away aged 67. Didnt really know him but Im sure he went to KBGS. Announcement is in Keighley News this week.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Charles F D Ruddock

Extracted from the Keighley News Feb 27th

RUDDOCK Charles Frederick David (Charlie)
Passed away on February 14, aged 75 years, with his family by his side at the Royal United Hospital, Bath.
A much loved husband of Anne, dear dad of Liz and Sue, special grandad to Jack, Alex, Ben and Harry.
The funeral took place on Monday, February 24, in Bath.



Known to his KBGS schoolboy cricketing team mates, as Charlie "Tonker" Ruddock

R I P

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1950-1955

Current location (optional) KEIGHLEY

F,K.(Keith)Whalley

Sad to report that Keith Whalley passed away on Thursday, 26th of June, in Airedale General Hospital. Keith regularly attended School reunions along with his wife, Edith and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. His funeral will be held on Friday, the 4th of July, at All Saints Church, Highfield Lane , Keighley, at 12.45 pm

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1945-50

Current location (optional) Keighley(still)

Re: F,K.(Keith)Whalley

Sorry to hear that David. I didn't know Keith well but I did meet up with him on my last two visits home at the Retired Mens Forum. He was keen to hear about an old work mate of his who came down to NZ in the 60s and is married to my cousin.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1947-51

Current location (optional) Auckland, New Zealand

Re: F,K.(Keith)Whalley

F K Whalley is one of the names I remember well from when I entered KBGS back in 1945. He would have been in the 6th Form then and maybe a Prefect - a high jump specialist. Sorry to hear that he's gone.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1945 - 50

Current location (optional) Norfolk

John Moffatt

We have received (via Chris, in Singapore) an inquiry from Dr Martin Edwards of Queens College, Oxford, about a former OB, John Moffatt, who died last December.

John left KBGS in 1940 to take up a scholarship at Magdalen College, Oxford, clearly did well academically, and returned to Oxford Queens in 1950, as a junior lecturer in Physics. He remained at the college all his professional life and was elected Provost in 1987, an office he held until his retirement in 1993. Dr Edwards, a self-confessed Lancastrian (from Wigan GS), describes Moffatt as "the most modest Yorkshireman [he] ever met". At School, JM was, apparently, a reasonably good medium-pace bowler, and he never lost his love of cricket.

Dr Edwards has soon to write an obituary for the Queens College Annual Review (having earlier this year 'had the privilege' of giving an address about his former moral tutor, at a major College event) and has asked if we could perhaps provide him with any ammunition about John's schooldays.

So, do any of our older members remember him, did anyone know him personally? Gareth - or maybe Mike Nichols - having recently been concerned with old numbers of 'The Keighlian', have you come across the name? I have to confess that I had never heard of him (though memory could be failing me here). But wasn't there a Moffatt's shop/business in town in my early days - or is that just fantasy on my part? Anyhow, I hope we can come up with something in memory of someone who might well be thought of as a distinguished OB in his field.

Thanks,

Doug

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Keswick, Cumbria

John Keith Davies (aka 'JK' or 'Jake')

I always seem to 'post' in the wrong section when it comes to 'Obituaries'.

Sorry to hear that one of my mates from Holycroft Infants, Ingrow Primary and KBGS has died.

His death was published in this week's Keighley News (see 'General Forum)

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1959 - 1966

Current location (optional) Shoreham-by-Sea

Brian Hargreaves



Brian Hargreaves was a contemporary of mine. We both spent our childhood in Sutton-in-Craven and we both passed the eleven plus and went to Keighley Boys Grammar School. Although I cannot recall seeing him after I left the Keighley area, we did exchange the odd letter and email. We had a common interest in art , for him a profession, for me a hobby! Not having heard anything for a few years I scoured the web and found that he had died in September 2011. Brian was a man with many achievements, a man highly regarded as a result of his work. Perhaps he should be added to the list of Famous Old Boys? News of his death was reported in the newspaper circulating in Rye, Sussex, where he lived.

Rye artist, Brian Hargreaves died aged 76 yrs following a heart attack on 30th September 2011. Brian was the foremost butterfly artist in the country illustrating Collins Guide to Butterflies of Great Britain and Europe published in nine languages. He was commission d by the Royal Entomological Society to paint butterflies in the grounds of Buckingham Palace and his work was presented to the Queen to mark her Siver and Golden Wedding Anniversaries. He has illustrated postage stamps from all over the world.
Brian's work gained him international recognition following radio and television broadcasts.
Born in Sutton-in-Craven in 1935, he attended Keighley Boys Grammar School and trained at Keighley School of Arts and Crafts. He completed his studies at Camberwell School of Art after which he worked on church restoration for a number of years. He worked on several well known churches and cathedrals and on St Paul's Cathedral where he gilded the Cross and Ball atop it's summit. It was whilst working on a display at the Natural History Museum that he received a request for sample illustrations for Collins book on the Butterflies of Britain an Europe which led to a commission to illustrate the entire book. This led to a period of intense focus on drawing and painting butterflies and moths including illustrating the book Butterflies on my Mind by Dulcie Gray, the actress. This publication won the Times Educational Supplement book Award.
Brian's work has been extensively exhibited.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1945 -1950

Current location (optional) Norfolk

Re: Brian Hargreaves

Thank you, Denis. He does deserve being in the list of Famous Old Boys.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1937-1944

Current location (optional) Huntingdon

Re: Brian Hargreaves

This message has been passed to me by a facebook friend, Christine Brunskill who apperas to have been Tony Edens niece

It is with sorrow that I have to announce the passing of....
Tony Eden
On the 4th March at Bournmouth Hospital 2015.
He was classics master at K.B.G.S. untill the early 50s. The family moved then to Evesham where they stayed untill retirement then moved to Ferndown in Dorset where their daughter Jennifer lives. They were good friends of my parents. Uncle Tony was 98 yrs old & he & Jean have just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. R.I.P. xx

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Re: Tony Eden

One thing about this website, it never ceases to surprise you! Your note, Brian, about Tony Eden - though he was always known at School as 'Joe' - certainly comes out of the blue. Hadn't thought of him in years, but remember him well as Wilbur Bloomfield's predecessor. He was a Kentish man who was fanatical about cricket, when Kent were regularly in the bottom two or three places of the old County Championship. A very pleasant, kindly man, as I remember him, so yes, RIP.

Doug Thompson

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Cottingham, East Yorkshire

Re: John Derek Lee

I'm sad to report the passing of Derek Lee whose death is listed in this week's Keighley News(19/3/15). Derek attended several Reunions and was also a member of the Keighley Men's Forum where I first met up with him. He was both Secretary and later, Forum President. I remember taking a photograph of Derek seated with Bob Bracken, at the 2009 Reunion. He also asked me to place a couple of photos of him on our website, of the School Gymnastics Team of 1942(photo/browse 'Athletics'). Derek is 2nd left on front row of group photo. His funeral is on Friday,27th March, at Ilkley Rd Methodist Church, Riddlesden, at 1.30 pm

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1945-50

Current location (optional) Keighley

Re: Barry M Craven

As invariably happens when I send out invitations to the September Reunions I hear of the passing of other of our old school-fellows. I recently learnt of the death, in May 2013, of Barry Craven, who was in the same form as me from year two onwards. Barry came from Sutton and was at KBGS from '51 to '59. After leaving School he went on to take a degree in Metallurgy at UMIST and then spent many years working in the steel industry - in Scunthorpe, Warrington and Shotton - before moving to Kent where, eventually, he set up his own company, BMC Services, auditing companies world-wide. His wife was the former Margaret Messenger, from Oakworth, and an OG of KGGS - some of you may have known her. Barry - if memory serves me correctly - appears at the LHS, back row, of the School 2nd XV photo, for 1958-59.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Cottingham, East Yorkshire

Arthur Woods Seeley

It is with great sadness that I record the passing of my brother Arthur, in a Philippino hospital earlier this year. His primary cause of death was given as C.A.P.(Community Acquired Pneumonia). His body has been cremated.
There are few further details at this stage but I will try and add more as and when available. David

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1945-50

Current location (optional) Keighley

Re: Arthur Woods Seeley

Very sorry to hear the news of your brother's death . He was at school during my time there and so I was always keen to read his news on the site ,so beautifully written . R.I.P.Arthur .

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 43-46

Current location (optional) Tasmania

Re: Arthur Woods Seeley

That is very sad news, David, for everyone who subscribes to this website. Most of us may not have known him personally, or at least not well, but his 'Postcards from the Philippines' were always a joy to read, whatever he was commenting on. A great loss for us all. RIP Arthur.

Doug

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Keswick, Cumbria

Re: Arthur Woods Seeley

I am so sorry to have only just seen this, and offer my sympathy to David, Sione, and other family members

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Re: Arthur Woods Seeley

Like Brian, I too have only just read this news, it was always a good read from Arthur, beautifully written and always informative and entertaining!
My sincere sympathy to David, Sione & family.

Current location (optional) Torquay

William Brian Pugh

I was saddened to learn of the passing of Brian Pugh in February of this year. He was the same age as myself and went through Eastwood School and KBGS(B Forms)with me, playing in the same Rugby XVs, U14s and Colts, during the years 1945-50.
He initially missed out on National Service after failing his first medical but after gaining his degree at Manchester University, he re-applied and passed, joining the Army as Chaplain to the Forces and served from 1967 to 1988. His tour of duty took him to Northern Ireland and Germany. He retired with the rank of Brigadier.
During his earlier career in the Army, as a Captain, he reportedly shared digs with a certain Captain Mark Phillips!
I'm grateful to Peter Norton, his cousin, for details of his Army career. David

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1945-50

Current location (optional) Keighley

Re: William Brian Pugh

I too was saddened to read that Bryan Pugh had died but the news probably gives an explanation to why I never received a reply to an e-mail which I sent to him last December. Like you David, I played rugby with Bryan when we were both members of the Keighlians. I pushed in the second row whilst he hooked!
I'd heard that Bryan had been honoured by being made a freeman of Windlesham after many years of service to the local community and I thought that congratulations were in order. We had a long telephone conversation but I never had a reply to the follow up e-mail. Perhaps he wasn't in the best of health. But I'm glad we spoke.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1945 - 50

Current location (optional) Norfolk.

Re: John Derek Lee

I met Derek Lee in 1955 when I was in the fourth form and he was well left. I had joined a group of young instrumentalists who were trying to play together as a band. I was recruited in the yard at school by Howard Thompson. Most of them were either pupils or old boys: David Scott; Bill Emmott; Howard; (later replaced by Michael Nicholson); Trevor Hargreaves.

Pretentiously we called ourselves The Hillside Six - later The Hillsiders when we augmented to seven. We were practising with no great degree of discipline in the Ilkley Road Methodist Sunday School. One Saturday afternoon Derek dropped in as he was passing, sat and listened , added a few suggestions and left. He was to come back to subsequent practices which were held on Saturday afternoons with more suggestions and he took over the conduct of the practice by getting us all to play the same piece at the same time in the same tempo. This took some doing.

We made it big in time for a Sunday School concert in the Autumn and took an offer of an engagement (“gig” in modern parlance) for a 50/50 dance in a church hall in the New Year. We had a repertoire of about 10 numbers and 2 or 3 months to enlarge it for the dance. We all worked hard. Derek saw to that and we made it in time to provide a whole evening’s dancing. We were kept busy in the district for the next 5 dance seasons – due in no small part to Derek.
Derek was also a scout leader of the 3rd Riddlesden Troop and for several years a youth leader of the Ilkley Road YPF.

An active member of the church, Derek sang in the choir and put in all these activities with young people in addition to his full-time day job as teacher at St Anne’s School.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1952-1960

Current location (optional) Nirvana

Re: William Bryan Pugh

Thank you for your input, Denis. It seems that that Bryan kept going quite well towards the end of his career. Additional information about Bryan shows that he held the honorary title of "Chaplain to the Queen" from 1985 to 1988, and ended his working years as Chaplain at Heathfield School in Ascot between 1988 and 1995. David

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1945-50

Current location (optional) Keighley

Re: Tom Punt


I have just picked up this emailed message from Tom Punt's daughter. A sad loss to us all.

Doug


Dear Doug

It it with great sadness that I am writing to let you know that dad passed away on Friday. His period of illness was mercifully short and when the end came it was quick and peaceful. Mum is obviously devastated; they would have celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary this September.

I know he was hoping to be with you for this year's reunion, and had already coopted my husband to drive him up. I hope, instead, you will all raise a glass (or several) to a fine man and wonderful father.

I should be most grateful if you would pass on this news to anyone who knew dad and also ensure that his name is now removed from your mailing list.

With kind regards
Cathy Kent

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Greve-in-Chianti, Italy

Re: Tom Punt

Very sad to learn that. Tom was always gracious and enthusiastic in my communications with him.

I first got an email from Tom in Feb 1998! I reproduce it below.
Chris
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Dear Mr Firth

Your note in www.knowwhereco.uk/board/kb583 .html mentions a site you
constructed for your dad but without a www address. do you have this ? I
would be interested. I was at KBGS from 1940-1948 and went from there to
Cambridge. I haven't lived in Keighley since 1952. I have completely lost
contact with anyone I knew at school and guess I may be somewhat older than
your dad? Any pointer you can give me to this site would be useful.

Many thanks

Tom Punt

Re: Tom Punt

Yes, Chris, 'gracious' is the right word for Tom. He and I disagreed politically and from time to time had our exchanges (on Facebook) about specific issues, but he never descended to rhetoric or abuse, his tone was always level, courteous and rational. A very civilized man whom I wish I had known better.

Doug

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Greve-in-Chianti, Italy

Re: Tom Punt

It is always sad when you hear of the passing of someone from your early days. I recall from my early days at KBGS that Tom was a prefect so we were worlds apart. When we had a brief contact on here a few years ago, I reminded him that when I was a mere 11 years old, Tom was the biggest man I had ever seen up until then. He was gracious enough to suggest that with the passing of time the difference in size would probably not be so apparent. How true, at 6'4" I fill a fair space myself. I always enjoyed reading Tom's posts on here. RIP Tom.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1947-51

Current location (optional) Orewa, New Zealand.

Re: Tom Punt

I have the 46 Panorama in the Hall and always cast my eye over it and see Tom there . Mary and I did call to see him at his home south of London and shared a few memories of the old school . A real gentleman and not a bit like his school photograph . RIP Tom.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 43-46

Current location (optional) Tasmania

Jack Broadley

Published in the Keighley News on 12 November 15
BROADLEY Jack Nelson On Thursday, November 5, 2015, Jack passed away suddenly but peacefully at Bradford Royal Infirmary, aged 88 years, with his family by his side.

He was born in Bradford, but moved with his family to Keighley during the war and lived in the town for the rest of his life. He was a pupil at Keighley Boys Grammar School.

Although I am the same age as Jack, I am afraid I don't remember him at school.



Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1937-1944

Current location (optional) Huntingdon

Re: Peter Neville Coleman


Sad to report the passing of Peter Coleman whom I knew as a child, for he and his family lived opposite us in Wardman Street, Bradford Road, Stockbridge. After he was married (to Enid Petty) he bought the house next door to us - the house in which he had actually been born. He was a contemporary of Jack Martin, Alan Burridge, Peter Nicholson and our own David Seeley. Six years older than me, I inherited both his school satchel and his copy of 'Deutches Leben', the latter in anticipation of learning German at KBGS, which I dearly wanted to do, but never did.


Published in the Keighley News on 17 December 15

COLEMAN Peter Neville On December 12, 2015, Peter aged 81 years of
Stockbridge passed on peacefully at Airedale Hospital. The dearly loved
husband of Enid, loving dad of Susan and Stewart, dear father-in-law of
Chris, much loved grandad of Emma and Claire and a proud great-grandad
of Isla. Relatives and friends please meet at St Mary’s Church,
Riddlesden on Monday, December 21, at 10.30am, for service prior to
cremation at Oakworth Crematorium. No flowers please but donations would
be appreciated for Cancer Research UK. Provision will be made in church
for this purpose or may be sent to Lyndon M. Leeson Funeral Director, 51
Bridge Street, Oakworth, Keighley, BD22 7PX.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Keswick, Cumbria

Re: Peter Neville Coleman

I also noted Peter's obit. in this week's Keighley News and would confirm his arrival at KBGS from Eastwood, the same year as myself, which was 1945. Peter appears on the 1946 Panora(section 3) standing behind and between, teachers Burton and Rannard, with Jack Martin next to him, standing between teachers 'Spike'and Preston. Moving six pupils left of Peter and standing behind 'Frizzy' and Freddie Firth, is yours truly with arms folded and in need of a haircut, it seems. RIP Peter

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1945-50

Current location (optional) Keighley

Lord Asa Briggs

Reported in today's Telegraph. Asa Briggs died today . Probably our most famous old boy. R.I.P

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 43-46

Current location (optional) Tasmania

Re: Lord Asa Briggs

Sad to note his passing. He very kindly sent us a message of congratulations on the School's 300th anniversary last September. He was, as you say, Mike, probably our most illustrious OB as both the first Vice Chancellor of the new Sussex University and his elevation to a life peerage for his services to higher education. I didn't swap stamps with him but did attend some of his lectures when he was Professor of Modern History at Leeds University in 1959.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Melbourne

John Poppleton

POPPLETON JOHN Passed away peacefully in the care of Clifton Hospital on 16th May 2016 in his 89th year. Dearly loved husband of Joan. Loving Dad of Sarah, Stephen and Claire. Dearest Grandad and Great Grandad.
Funeral service to take place at Lytham Park Crematorium on Friday 27th May at 10am.
John and I started at KBGS in 1937 in Form 1, the last year before it divided into 1A, 1B etc and became the 11 plus entry forms, and went through school together until 1944.
At the request of John(AKA Hubert)Gough, another slightly older Old Boy, I tried to contact John Poppleton yesterday with a view to obtaining contact details for his school friend Ronald Dickson and was met with the news firstly that John had passed away and secondly that Ronald had also passed away, both within the last ten days. They both lived in Lytham St Annes and one of John's daughters is married to one of Ronald's sons.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1937-44

Current location (optional) Huntingdon

Ronald Dickson

DICKSON Ronald On 17th May 2016, peacefully in the loving care of Hedges House, Lytham, Ronald aged 90 years. Beloved husband of the late Margaret, much loved father of Christopher, Graham and Nigel, a dear father in law and loving grandad and great grandad.
Service of Thanksgiving to be held at St Annes United Reformed Church on Tuesday 31st May 2016 at 12.45pm preceded by a private cremation.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1937-44

Current location (optional) Huntingdon

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