Where are you now?
Let others know how you have spent (mispent?) your life and where you are now.
Here are some notes submitted so far (in no particular order)
I attended the RGS from ’48 to ’56 as a boarder, mostly at Uplyme. After successfully navigating the next 3 years at King’s College, London I got caught in the last-but-one National Service intake. Surprisingly, that proved to be a really enjoyable 2 years, meeting some interesting fellow draft-dodgers, playing rugby and shooting when not counting jerry cans in deepest Dorset. This also led to a link with my eventual employer, Esso/Exxon.
After 35 years, and assignments in London, Brussels, New Jersey and Houston, I retired to Austin, Texas in 1997. Along the way, I was fortunate to get married (to Elizabeth) and we have been blessed with three daughters.
Following a transitional period consulting in the USA and Asia, I now seek mental stimulation by contributing seminars to the Continuing Education program at the University of Texas.
What did I really learn at the RGS? Maybe to recognize and accept my shortcomings, then get the most out of the few talents I could muster. I have a tremendous affection for the place - and some guilt that I did not have the wit to thank men like E.R. Tucker, M.M. Davies and R. Pattinson for what they did for me.
Bob Mitchell (July 2009)
Tony Hare commented "I assume that you were the "RSM" Mitchell with the very loud voice on the Parade Ground. As such you will be surely be remembered vividly by most of the school. I am slightly surprised that your CCF experience didn't lead to something more exciting than counting jerrycans in your National Service.."
To which Bob replied "Guilty as charged.. My fate in the
army had been decided for me prior to entry – I had worked for Esso
during the vacations and they got me assigned to the old RASC. And
even though I got my pick of posting after OCS, I got shipped to
No.1 Petroleum Reserve Depot near Wimborne. As compensation, they
hired me as soon as I got out"
Compared to those whose work took them all over the world mine was locally based. After National Service in the RAF I joined Ercol Furniture on April 1st (a very propitious day) 1953 and worked for them until July 1994. I managed the sales and service office for many years until the opportunity came along to retire which I readily accepted. Outside work I have always had lots of outside interests. I was very involved playing club hockey and in matters of administration at club and county level and playing local village cricket until I moved on to bowls which I have enjoyed since 1987. In 1980 I took up singing and still sing with Windsor & Eton Choral Society. I have been arranging their soloists for almost 25 years but am now handing over to someone younger. My wife and I are very keen on concerts, opera and the theatre. We live in Flackwell Heath. I spend a lot of time gardening and my wife teaches the guitar, no longer full time.
David submitted some interesting photos and cartoons. Take a kook now.
After leaving RGS I worked for Unilever and then Richardson-Vicks. The latter Company took me all over the world conducting Marketing Research. I lived and worked overseas from 1966 to 1990, mainly in New York City; Wilton, Connecticut; Cincinnati, Ohio (after we were taken over by P&G); Osaka & Kobe, Japan. As Vice President of Marketing Research for Richardson-Vicks Americas/Far East Division, I travelled extensively throughout the Far East, Australasia, South & Central America, Canada, Europe, etc. 40% of my time was on planes, at airports and visiting overseas offices. After resigning from P&G I became the Executive Vice President of the Japan Market Research Bureau in Tokyo. I was very lucky in my career. I took early retirement in 1990 and came to live in Sidmouth, Devon. I am still able to take an annual holiday overseas.
From Geoff Pask (08nov07)
I was recently surfing on the RGS website which I done several times
during the past few months, and, for the first time, I located your website
pertaining to "The Old Boys" which I have now reviewed and read
in great detail.I would like to congratulate you for your creativity and
for a job well done.
School Photo from 1947. I believe my designation here would be "E14"
as I appear in the 4th row up and am the 14th student starting from the
Grey Book for 1946. - Listed under Form 1Va
I noticed that you have a section captioned "What was your favourite
story?". I recall that during a geography lesson with "Sam"
Morgan, we were studying North America and/or Canada and we learned that
Montreal was considered the snowiest city in the world. Somehow, this
fact has stayed in my mind all these years. Little did I know then that
I was destined to spend 40 years of my life (1962 - 2002) living and working
on the Island of Montreal.( The city of Montreal
Finally, I would like to mention that I possess a copy of the original (prospectus ?) booklet which I received prior to starting at the RGS in 1944. I am mentioning this as I found no reference to it n your website and wonder if you are aware of its existence. This booklet is undated but outlines the origin and history of the school, together with the rules and regulations, dress code, school hours, homework requirements and several other details.etc..and covers fairly well all the information that a new student needed to know. It has a grey cover, contains 11 pages, of which 2 are blank.If you would be interested in obtaining a copy of this, I would be very pleased to provide this to you.
Yours very truly,
Gidday to all,
Brian also comments:-
During the past nearly 20 years, I have been writing my life story. This includes several thousand words on RGS, warts and all. It was never my intention to get it printed (unlike Tony Clarke) but was meant only to be read by my descendents, who naturally enough are all NZers. Having lived here for 57 years I am influenced by my surroundings and the differences. The content could ruffle the feathers of those firmly steeped in the traditions of British Public Schools or selective Grammar Schools - maybe not. However included is a chapter on Sam Morgan, as he was somewhat of an icon to me. I should add that the first draft was originally written in my 50s when my memory was much better! Maybe Sam Morgan deserves an article on his own?
Writing my story is not really an ego trip. I am a genealogist and family historian and think it is a pity that many know little about their parents or grandparents, not to mention the previous generations. In my case, there is also the large physical distance between my family's past and the present generations. Whether I will release 'the book' to my children & grandchildren in the not too distant future, or leave it to be distributed on the reading of my will, remains to be seen! Maybe that depends who dies first!. I should add that my story is a part of our family history, starting with Thomas Ransley a London hairdresser and bigamist (c1765 - c1830). Morals never seemed to be a strongpoint with the Ransleys, present generations excepted.
For a very detailed and most interesting description of life at RGS in this era you cannot do better than to read Brian's article entitled "RGS MEMORIES: HOME THOUGHTS FROM ABROAD". Click on the link September 1955 edition of the OB Newlsetter. Brian has also contribution some sporting programme excerpts on his own page on this website.
1952. "Pilgy" Jones gave me an application form from the Bucks
County Council, County Treasurer's Department which was offering a salary
of £150pa to boys and £140pa to girls, to be trained as accountants.
I applied and along with 5 other boys and 6 girls started work there in
September 1952. We didn't do much accounting but Bucks NALGO did provide
good opportunities for football and cricket!
Extended National Service of 3 years was in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment as a 2nd Lieut. I had, in the meantime, given up my place at Culham College, where I had intended to train as a school teacher, and so worked for over a year at Barclays Bank in High Wycombe and Princes Risborough, before deciding that I should seek my fortune overseas. Thus I joined the old Bank of British West Africa (now absorbed into the Standard Chartered Bank) and served in Sierra Leone for 13 years. I had a great time there, having married Anne in 1958, and we had 2 sons (both born in Aylesbury) with us until their education called us back to UK in 1969. I then spent the remainder of my working life as a corporate treasurer, the last 20 of which were as the Group Treasurer of P&O, a wonderful, old-established Royal Charter company, sadly gone to the dogs since I retired in 1993!!
My main tasks were arranging funding for the group, and especially the financing of many modern and large cruise ships.
Before and since retirement, my wife and I have travelled to all parts
of the world, and intend to do so whilst health and money last. We live
in Great Kingshill, just 3 miles from the School, which makes it easy
for me to keep in touch with the Old Boys activities, together with other
local voluntary work.
Status at the time of the 1947, 1949 and 1952 photos: unborn (although
I was conceived around the time of the 1952 photo)