Frank Wellock . What memories that name brings back . He was a good sports master and together with Gilbert Swift managed a terrific number of teams for house and school . There was a wonderful spirit about in all the school teams both in the war years and afterwards . He had a long life and left a lasting legacy.
Frank Wellock was my sportsmaster during my time at KBGS. Always cheerful, encouraging and knowledgable about rugby and cricket. I learnt a lot from his coaching, he was a good teacher, fair, someone you respected. I'm glad I was lucky enough to have him as my sportsmaster.
Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1954 - 1960
Frank was, of course, also an Old Boy of the School. He was also opening batsman and captain of Keighley Cricket Club in the Bradford League for many years. The last time I ever met him was one Saturday morning, in the early sixties, at Foxwood School, in Leeds, where he had accompanied one of the School rugby teams - probably the Under-fourteens - and I had brought a very weak football team from Pudsey GS, to be slaughtered by their Foxwood opponents. I had been left School five or six years, by that time, but Frank remembered me well enough, addressing me by my Christian name immediately, and when we parted he said we would doubtless meet up again at some future date, 'on the circuit', but, alas, we never did.
Last year his daughter wrote to me to give me news of her dad who was by that time in a local nursing home, his memory ragged about what he had had for breakfast but clear as a bell as far as his years at KBGS were concerned. Like each of the contributors above I felt I learned a great deal about sportsmanship from him, and am sad at his passing. He must be the very last of the teachers of those of us who were at the School in the forties and fifties.