Sunday, 16 June 2019

A follow up to Peter Humphrey’s experiences in China. Peter is a former PGS lad - 1967-1974

Peter Humphrey was imprisoned in China - you can read more on his ordeal here -

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'‘I was being falsely accused and I had no way to escape’'

There is a video on this page.

Peter Humphrey in 1970 school group photo

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Graham Dew RIP

Geoff Hayes brings sad news in his note.
 "Graham Dew was in G2/Dorset House from September 1974 to July 1978 and can be seen in the 1978 prefects photo (second from left, rear row).
I met up with Graham at the ‘Final Reunion’ in June 2007.  He told me he was living in Winchester, Hampshire, and was concerned with rocket science in his work.

I googled Graham to see how he was getting on and was mortified to see online a Death notice for a Graham Dew 1959-2016, living in Winchester.

I cannot be absolutely certain it is our Graham, but how many men named Graham Dew, born in 1959 (same year as me) and living in Winchester can there be?

I am wondering if anyone has heard any news about this ? "

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Colin Evans RIP

Sad to report on the passing of Colin Evans who was Deputy Head at Purley Boys in the last half of the 1977-78 year after the sudden death of Peter Jenkins
Colin Passed away at East Surrey Hospital from cancer.
The last time he was seen was at Derek Akers Memorial Service where of course he gave the tribute on behalf of the staff. There will be a private funeral and if there is a memorial service I will pass on the details.
Please leave any comments or mail me any tributes and photos here so they can be passed on to his family in due course.
Here is seen with the Golf team of 1984 - thanks to Chris Scott-Douglas for the phoo.

Friday, 17 May 2019

The dreaded barbers shop - placehouse lane 2019

At the height of the war against "long hair" waged by the Headmaster, DGS Akers, boys would be given a half crown and marched across the road by a staff member. Here, the barher would be given the cash and told to go to work on a severe short back and sides. His name was Mr Almond.

Anyone got a photo of the shop from the 1970's?

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