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Bob Johnson

Profile Updated: February 15, 2018
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Current Occupation (if any) & Previous Occupations:
Retired but still part-time football physio
Military Service:
2nd Tactical Airforce  
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Name of Spouse/Partner:
Children's names and the year they were born:
Alisa born 27 June 1965
Cheryl born 4 December 1969
Grandchildren Jake, Autumn.
Great grandchildren More…Marshall born 2016 Franky born 2018
Yes! Attending Reunion
School Years: Which years did your time at Sloane cover?


House: Which House were you in at Sloane?


Were you known by any other name or nickname at school?

Dollar. Most of the masters called me Dollar, even Mr Boas and I suspect many believed it was my real surname.

School Memories?

Don Wheal was school captain during my first year,
Bimstone when I left.
When we were in the Upper Vth Pritchard, Hasek and Fernee went into Guy's study and rang the bell for a member of 2b. Pritchard put on Guy's gown put his arm round the door and imitating the Heads voice said "Take this note round the school boy" The note read "All boys to assemble in the hall at 2 o' clock with shoes and socks off for a foot inspection."
Mid morning break saw the washrooms full of small boys washing their feet!
Mr Bailey was taking us for English when the note arrived and said "The old mans finally gone off his head !"
I had a younger brother in IIa as did Hasek and we warned them. Word obviously was passed around and only about 80 -100 boys turned up at 2 their minus footwear.
Upper vth had to sit on the stage alongside Guy for the remainder of the term.
In 1953 a young teacher named Bob Taylor (immediately nick-named Fritz) came to Sloane. During one of his lessons I wasn't paying attention and he threw a wooden board rubber catching me on the head. I swore at him and he said "That didn't hurt". I picked up the board rubber and threw it at him hitting him smack in the face. He yelled and I said "I thought you said it didn't hurt". At that we both charged each other knocking desks over and exchanging blows; we ended up rolling around on the ground until we were dragged apart by Al Mincer and Spike Crotty. I had a bloodied nose and cut lip, Fritz also had a cut lip,his left eye was swollen and his gown was torn. Fritz just picked up his case and stormed out of the classroom. Nothing more was said officially about the episode probably because although I would have been expelled, Fritz would have been sacked. Bert Butterfield who always appeared to like me took me aside and said that unless I learned to control my temper I would end up in trouble.

What has happened in your life since you left Sloane?

Played non-league football, then became a physio with Dagenham, Erith and Belvedere and Purfleet,
(now Thurrock), known as BJ.
Co-founder of Liberty Life and Hansard International.
Served as Executive Officer at Insurance Ombudsmans Bureau.
Physio for LLoyds of London (awarded Man Of Tour in 2003 to New York and Bermuda).
Served in Aden Iraq Cyprus Jordan and Germany 2nd Tactical Airforce 1956-59. RAF Regiment.

Where were you born?

The old Westminster Hospital

Where did you live when you were at Sloane?

Ebury Bridge Road, directly opposite Chelsea Barracks; was designated as Pimlico, but is now Chelsea.......snob value I suspect for new dwellings.

Which Primary school did you attend?

St Barnabas in Pimlico

What is your full address?:

41 Gordon Avenue
RM12 4EA

Home Phone Number:

01708 445373

Mobile Phone Number:

No mobile

When and where were you married?

St Giles Camberwell 22 August 1964


Football and Gardening

Teams: Do you support any sports teams?

Thurrock Fulham Arsenal

TV/Films/Radio: What are your favourite films and programmes. Who are your favourite actors/actresses?

Favourite films The Warriors,Taken, North by Northwest, Zulu, The Jason Bourne series
Cary Grant, Matt Damon, Micheal Caine
Only Fools and Horses and Porridge
Now very little interest in TV other than watching sport.

Books: Fiction or non-fiction? Favourite books/authors?

Ed McBain
Peter Robinson
Peter James
Robert Parker
Robert Crais
Lee Childs

Jeeves and Wooster

Humour: Who or what makes you laugh?

Only fools and horses.

Newspapers or Magazines: Which titles do you read regularly?


What are your pet hates?

Life's too short to name them, (also the law!!!!) but politicians drive me to despair, they appear to be devoid of common sense.
I would go further than Brexit and move the entire UK (apart from the Welsh, Scots, Irish and Northerners) to just off the coast of Brisbane.

Music: What music would you like played at your funeral? This should give everyone an idea of your musical taste and music/songs that mean a lot to you.

Going underground (the Jam)
Strange Meadow Lark (Brubeck)
One step beyond (Madness)

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Jan 09, 2018 at 5:33 PM

Foxy and I both started in 1949 (1C) and were in the same form every year until Upper vth until I left and he stayed on for several years more. Foxy was small and slightly built, an academic rather than a sportsman but just below that slight frame lurked a fearless devil up for anything. Two particular episodes come to mind; in VB he volunteered to be locked in the cupboard where he banged on the rear wall muttering a muffled "Harry Harry Harry" (Little) resulting in the entire back row of VC being caned.

The girls from Carlyle had strung hundreds of knickers and bras across the school hall (brilliant!) and in revenge Foxy and Goldberger (by this time in Upper Vth) dressed in workmans clothes and turned off all the radiators in Carlyle until being put to flight when they attempted it in the headmistress's room. 

RIP Foxy, your appearance and manner belied what hid beneath the surface and I wonder how often you were misjudged in later life.

Bob Johnson aka Dollar 




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Posted on: Jan 04, 2018 at 9:53 PM

All the comments regarding Aunts and Uncles re-awoke my recollections of being evacuated (many of my era must also have shared the same fate) and for the sake of posterity I will share some of them with you.
The farm that took me in dealt solely with animals and vegetables, no grain products. The farmhouse was huge but had no running water or electricity: water was obtained from a well in the front garden (often with frogs in the bucket) and any light was from oil lamps. There was no radio and I never saw a newspaper other than those placed in the privy which was a wooden shack some 50 or more yards from the main house.
To the right of the house was a very large orchard in which numerous chickens ran loose, the orchard was bisected by the River Pang and there was a small stone bridge across it. There were also four pig sty's which sometimes housed many young piglets. The garden to the left of the house was the size of a football field and was Boogies domain, he grew every vegetable known to man plus berries and currents but I was forbidden to touch even a single current.
There was also a dozen or so cages containing ferrets. You could handles ferrets without being bitten, but it you poked your finger through the bars they invariably drew blood. There was a huge black dog (Bella) and she dwarfed me (aged four) but she was docile whereas the white fox terrier (named Dip, on account of having only one front leg) took every opportunity to bite me, sometimes drawing blood. There were also stables (two horses) and about twenty cats, none of which were pets apart from a large ginger one that sometimes sat on Boogies lap in front of the fire.
We had rabbit stew almost every day, sometimes pigeon but you had to be careful not to swallow the lead shot.
My tasks were to feed scraps to the chickens, look for eggs in the orchard, feed the pigs and muck out the horses.
My life charged when I started school, there were only two classes, five to eleven, and eleven to fourteen, I suppose the school-leaving age was fourteen? I was the only Londoner in the village and had a fight the first day, this continued at the break and every day thereafter. If I won I then had to fight their elder brother or cousin and I had a disadvantage of not being big for my age or fat (which may have helped), I came out of the RAF Regiment at just over 5 foot 9 inches which is still not tall! The locals couldn't really fight, they slapped wrestled and scratched, whereas my dad was a heavyweight boxer and I had been shown how to clench my fist and punch so I didn't do too bad although I somehow managed to get my nose broken twice, the second time probably because it hadn't had time to heal!
The teacher didn't help my cause by calling me "A cocky little Londoner" in front of the whole school. But I was a Londoner and little and I must have been cocky and anyway it's far too late to complain now!

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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).

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Jul 16, 2017 at 1:33 PM

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".  

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Bob Johnson has left an In Memory comment for Guy Boas.
Jun 30, 2017 at 1:33 PM

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!    

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