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Posted on: Jul 17, 2017 at 9:21 PM
Missing arm! Brian Fernee's memory is slightly awry; the teacher who lost an arm in the first World War was a Mr Purdey
A little bit more on the Mole Morris affair. Dolly Harris was also seen walking with Mole of a lunchtime. Bill Duggan (otherwise known as The Duke) often terrorised poor Dolly and said (in an affected voice) "Oh sir if I'd have known what your preferences were we could have been such good friends". On this occasion the worm turned and whilst I cannot recall his exact words. Dolly shocked us all (Upper vth) by absolutely slaughtering Bill and made him look small. Bill's response was "I'll bring the boys round to see you tomorrow" The following evening Dolly was jostled by about four or five large lads as he left the school grounds. I never witnessed this event but several members of upper vth who were aware what was going to happen did. Bill (William Patrick) Duggan the Duke of Wolverton was something else and probably still is (if he is upright).
I believe the nick-name "Bummer" began in 1953; Mole Morris, Bert Cousins and Wells often sloped off together during the lunchtime. Mole Morris was arrested for importuning down the Cremorne and got put away. As a result the song
Now Mole and Bert went walking out
The cops they had a clue
They caught old Mole, but Bert escaped
We think he is one too!
(sung to the tune of 24 virgins came down from Inverness)
was born and Mr Wells whilst not named in verse was henceforth somewhat unfairly known as "Bummer Wells".
Guy Boas was an excellent tutor, (every English master at Sloane were very good; Mr Pitman, Bailey etc) but in my view Mr Boa's love of literature put him slightly above the others. He once described my compositions as being written by a demented Damon Runyon; I regarded it as a compliment although I'm uncertain whether it was intended as being one.
I learnt The Rape of the Lock by heart, went with him (and others) to see As you like it, at the Old Vic and had Guy's own copy of The History of Mr Polly, which I only recently threw away! I passed English and English Literature without difficulty but sadly never evolved literaturewise and remain stuck in a Damon Runyan time frame and while I read a minimum of four books a week every one is crime fiction.
I have commented somewhere else on this site that I believe that when Guy Boas left Sloane ceased to be Sloane (or words to that effect!)
Guy Boas was Sloane!
Posted on: Jun 17, 2017 at 11:13 AM
I can never recall seeing The Cheynean throughout my time at Sloane (1949-55) and was mortified on reading the December 1955 edition (issued subsequent to my leaving) to discover that I had been airbrushed from history. Those that don't give a rats a"se about me being airbrushed can go back to eating their cornflakes, otherwise read on.
In September 1954 Bert Butterfield the Danvers Housemaster appointed me as house football captain. If you will examine the 1954 Autumn term list of pupils you will notice that very few were members of Danvers and we could scarcely put a team together and had no goalkeeper at all or any member of the first team squad, not that that mattered as the results will confirm they were with a couple of exceptions a pretty poor lot!
Anyway we had Peter Palmer in defense, a number of useful VA boys and Bobby Bainbridge who when he wasn't ill or injured was a good right winger. We won every house match and I held weekly meetings with all the Danvers football captains to gee them up, something that had never been done before. Danvers won the football cup and I was somewhat miffed when Mason (the house captain) went on stage to receive it as he had never spoken one word to me throughout my years at Sloane.
I left in July 1955 and apart from the fact that my experience of football at Sloane has been a constant thorn in my memory from time to time the incident was forgotten until I read the December 1953 Cheynean wherein it described how Danvers won the football cup captained by Bobby Bainbridge (who had obviously taken over after I had left). As I said airbrushed from history, no posthumous mention, nothing to acknowledge the four goals scored against Beaufort or the penalty saved against Turner (taken by Jan Hasek) (as I said we didn't have a goalkeeper so I went in goal in the event of a penalty); anyway that's my rant finished for today and any of you who have stuck it to the end should really have better things to doi.
Will any members of that victorious Danvers team who are still with us please contact me so we can relive those wonderful games.
bob johnson aka dollar .
Sorry Thomas but you are wrong: Jan was known as Onslo not Onz and I am unaware why you should believe his nickname was Onz. As for "Willie Duggan" anyone who called Bill Duggan "Willie" would have lost several front teeth, Bill was probably the biggest bully ever to attend Sloane and bullied masters and pupils alike. Bill was called the "Duke" but was not a cockney as he was born and brought up in Hammersmith, it is a popular misconception that all Londoners are cockneys, that is not the case, a genuine cockney is rarer than you think.
bob johnson (who is a genuine cockney)
Posted on: Feb 24, 2017 at 9:33 AM
I only knew John as Jan or Onslo as he was known to his classmates. We were close friends particularly when in the lower forms and I was inivited to tea with his family several times. He was a big strong centre forward for More House. We never met again after I left Sloane and was called for my National Service.
I am devastated to learn of his death as when his brother Thomas came to the site I looked forward to being able to contact Jan again. I am however only slightly surprised to hear of his exploits, Jan was hewn out of granite and was destined to be a hero whatever path he chose to follow in life .
RIP my old form mate. Dollar
Posted on: Feb 14, 2017 at 9:07 PM
I was in the upper vth when you came to Sloane in the first year and our paths never crossed although I was quite notorious (known as "Dollar" by both boys and masters) so it is just possible you heard my name. You would certainly have seen me as I sat on the stage alongside Guy Boas! That aside the reason I've written is that I noticed that you broke your leg playing against Walton and Hersham. John Grondona in the year above you at Sloane played for Walton for several years, do you recall John! I was at Maidstone and played against John and also against Wimbledon on many occasions, the four years difference in our ages isn't very meaningful when you pass twenty and the name Lennard rings vague bells. My brother Vic (now deceased) was in the year above you.
I also moved to Ilford in 1986 and became physio for Dagenham and Ilford FC subsequently became part of Dagenham as Dagenham and Redbridge.
Posted on: Feb 14, 2017 at 11:43 AM
Joe, I mentioned that your year looked like men in the 1949 school photo but we still looked like schoolchildren when we were vth year. I post a photo of six members of the upper vth to support my opinion but it appears to have gone missing!!! Ergo I will send it straight to you. I am the only one not wearing school uniform.
Thomas, good to hear from you, I was a mate of Jan (Onslo) and came to tea at the Embassy sometimes. My brother Vic Johnson was in your form the year that I left Sloane. I was known as "Dollar" and Vic was called "little dollar" although he was over 6ft when in the second year. Sadly Vic died in 1986. Something really odd! You do not appear in the names of boys in the Autumn 1954 list, but I know for a fact you were at Sloane at the time and spoke to you many times. Onslo was in the sixth form then while I remained in the upper vth. Is Jan ok? I often think about him as we had several altercations on the football field although we were mates!
Stay safe Bob Johnson (Dollar)
I have exchanging messages with Joe Cook who was in the vth year in 1949 and mentioned that whereas the vth year looked like men n the school photo, when my lot reached the vth form we still looked like schoolchildren!
I have discovered a photograph of six members of the upper fifth in 1954 which I believe supports my opinion.
top row: Bridgford, Brian Fernee, Mike Potter, Bottom Row: Bobby Strachan, Keith (Birdie) Burgess-Allen Bob (Dollar) Johnson
Posted on: Feb 01, 2017 at 8:52 PM
Hi Joe Cook, I guess you were in the Vth or V1th year when the 1949 photograph was taken. Can you find yourself in the photo? Where are you? I still have an original and can remember almost all of the first year, many second year, every master plus several of the elite, Don Wheal, Harry Turner and Benyon etc. Maybe I can recall you! I received a clipped ear from a vth year called Sandshaw during my first week at Sloane and Harry Turner put me on the wall between Sloane and St Marks Obviously made an instant impression!
There are still a dozen or so of the 1949 intake around and in touch, probably not too many of your year though!
Where did you do your National Service? I was a rockape and got about quite a bit, but not in the UK.