Paul Jeffery (JRGS 1966-68) recalls sixth-form life and musical activities...
I was sent the link to The Mill
website by Paul Johnson - we both joined JRGS at the same time
but five years apart. We have remained friends during the last 40
Paul Jeffery, Tunbridge Wells, December 2007 Email.
Mel Lambert (JRGS 1959-65) reviews the current issue of "Your Croydon"...
mentioned below, the November 2007
edition of Croydon Council's
Your Croydon magazine
includes photographs by Frazer Ashford (JRGS 1962-69) as
part of a series called From Here to Modernity, which charts Croydon during the past 25 years.
Mel Lambert, Burbank, CA, USA, November 2007 Email. Your Croydon ©2021 Croydon Council - all rights reserved.
Frazer Ashford (JRGS
1962-69) replies: The series in Your Croydon should
run for about six months, if all goes according to plan. In the
meantime, I am attaching some information about an exhibition
opening this week at Pepperton Gallery, and which runs until
next February. I have five images showing and so if anyone wants
to pop along, then the details are all in the attached
Geoff van Beek (JRGS 1962-69) recommends a book from a prominent atheist...
read many of the reminiscences on this website concerning the
daily dogma pumped into us during assembly, R.I. classes, the
Scripture Union and The Crusaders, I wonder if others, like me,
have ended up doubting it all in the light of the rise of
religious fundamentalism all based on a belief in a God whose
existence lacks evidence of any kind.
Geoffrey C. van Beek, Rotterdam, Holland, November 2007 Email.
Anne Smith, former JRGS/JRHS
teacher and principal of the Sixth-Form College, adds: What
a one-sided view! Of course religion has done all those negative
things but it has also inspired a great many courageous and
worthwhile acts - witness the Buddhist monks in Burma recently,
for one example.
Ernie Clarke (JRCS 1935-39) adds: Richard Dawkins may indeed be one of the leading biologists in the world today, but unfortunately he does not seem to have read or understood the New Testament. As a Christian, I pray every day to be kept from becoming religious - because religion is a source of evil, and it was religious people who crucified Jesus Christ. I could add a lot more, but this is not the right medium
(JRCS 1962-71) adds:
As a person of faith (more specifically a Christian) one does accept
that mistakes have been made in the past. It is very easy in a clearly
post Christian period to look back at the 60's when faith was far more
important and be critical.
Roger Adcock (JRGS 1963-68) researches the wartime death of William Powell...
Recently, I came across a
that reports on a crashed Lancaster and then, in 2004, of the
erection and unveiling of a memorial to the flight crew. It turns out
that the pilot, Flight Lieutenant William Leonard Powell, then
aged 22, was a former JRCS schoolboy.
The JB701 crew, including
Flying Officer Geoffrey Edward Franklin, 31, from Lampeter, were
honored in 2004 - 60 years after the sad event - during a ceremony attended by than 200 people to unveil
a monument marking the Lancaster's crash site, as reported by the
Unless we have a JR contributor living in Burgundy, France, we'll have to wait for a photo until I can get there. In the meantime. a website includes some photographs of the village at St Martin-sur-Oreuse.
Roger Adcock, Oxted, Surrey, October 2003 Email
Mike Marsh (JRGS 1949-55) adds: There is a website that helps friends and families of RAF crews keep in touch with one another. Here, 1184749 Sergeant (Air Gnr.) George Edward Kirkpatrick's nephew Bob Leader recalls the flight of Lancaster III serial JB701 Code EA-G from 49 Squadron that took off from RAF Fiskerton at 22:33 on 28/07 1944 on Ops to Stuttgart and, due to enemy action, crashed at St-Martin-sur-Oreuse near Yonne whilst returning from the operation. He has photographs of the ceremony mentioned above.
updates: I emailed David Broughton, the author the
cited above, who replied as follows:
Interestingly, George Kirkpatrick was not due to fly on this mission, and had been ill with flu. But, because the crew was very superstitious, he insisted on flying that night.
I have also received the following images of the July 2004 Memorial Ceremony at St Martin-sur-Oreuse Cemetery, Yonne, France.
The following text is taken from a press release issued in 3rd of August 2004 by Janet Marsden:
Moving ceremony in France to honour British Lancaster crew
More than 200 people attended a moving
ceremony in northern France yesterday to unveil a newly commissioned
monument which marks the crash site of a Lancaster shot down sixty years
● Pilot, Flight Lieutenant William Leonard Powell, aged 22 of Croydon, Surrey,
The 49 Squadron had 12 aircraft airborne that
night. The squadron’s two previous operations had been hampered by
cloudy conditions. However, the operation to Stuttgart took place in
bright moonlight which resulted in some of the bomber stream being
harassed by German fighters. One of the other 49 Lancasters survived
such an attack by slipping into cloud cover; but no such luck befell the
crew of JB701 which was brought down near Sens, a small city 120 km
south of Paris.
Further general information from:
Frazer Ashford (JRGS 1962-69) bring us up to date with his photographic career ...
ML writes: Back in the Summer,
Anne Smith (JRGS/JRHS teacher and SFC principal) alerted me to a
special photographic exhibition of former JRGS pupil
Frazer Ashford at the Warehouse Theatre in collaboration with
this year's Croydon Jazz Festival. "Frazer worked from the late
Sixties to the early Eighties in music and theatre photography,"
Anne wrote. "His work was a regular feature in the national music
press, as well as in newspapers, magazines and books. Amongst
those whom he photographed were Davis Bowie, Long John Baldry,
Rod Stewart, George Melly and Elton John."
for the email; the phrase "better late than never" obviously
comes to mind. My excuse (almost as good as those I came up with at school!) is
that I was in the USA when your original email came through and
so was picked up on my laptop. I returned for the jazz festival
and then went to Ireland and swapped to a mains machine - I
split my time between living in London and Ireland - and then
returned to London in mid-September and went straight on to my
mains machine here. So, when I went to the laptop earlier today I found the original
email that had been sitting there all that time – sorry.
JRGS Film Club
I was already very interested in filming back then and started a
film club with several of my classmates, which lead to my winning
and directing a film for ITV (Redifusion as it was) in 1966 – a
fact that I believe lead to my becoming a senior prefect (it
certainly was not my academic achievements).
All of that eventually lead to where I am today (wherever that
is?) and so I do look back with great memories.
Images in JRGS School Magazine
Frazer Ashford, Coulsdon, Surrey, October 2007 Email
Robert Lisney (JRGS 1958-65) reports on a JRGS reunion at his recent wedding...
attached photo is of four JRGS Old Boys from the '58-65 era (left-to-right):
Geoff Nicholson, me, Ken Howes and John Matthews.
This was taken at my wedding in July earlier this year at our house in
East Sheen, Southwest London. Click in the thumbnail to view a larger
East Sheen, Southwest London, October 2007 Email
Charles Smith (JRGS teacher 1942-78) shares with us two fascinating images...
Peter Oxlade (JRCS 1940-44 and
later school governor) writes: During a recent visit to see him
and his wife Elisabeth, Charles produced from his files two pictures
dating from the year 1949-50. One is of the football teams of that
year, and the other of a more senior group of boys he taught as 5S's
form master in the late-Forties.
To my complete amazement, Tony has
named virtually every person in both copies - either he has a good
memory or a super filing system! Click on either thumbnail to access
a larger version.
Peter Oxlade, October 2007 Email.
David Wheeler (JRGS
1945-53) adds: I can fill in some more of the names in the photo
of 1949-50's 5S - to the right of Patel in the left-hand photo
is Green, John Nimmo, Geoff Bullock, Stevens, Tom Stacey, Warren,
Chris Jones - but not the last one in that row.
Bob Wane (JRGS 1945-53)
adds: The left-hand photo is identical to one I have here at home
and which I obtained from David Wheeler, so it should be in the archives
(JRGS 1947-53) adds: I entered JRGS into the third form, having been
away at school during the war and just after. I stayed on for a third
year in the Sixth Form.
(JRGS 1947-52) adds: Those photos from Mr. Smith certainly brought
home some memories - the football team photograph, in particular, as
Colin Clisby (Terry Clisby's elder brother, with whom I have lost
touch) was my best man. Sadly, Colin was killed whilst serving as a RAF
pilot in Malaya during the conflict there.
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