Sunday, 16 September 2018

Cringe Loveland in his WW2 POW camp...STALAG VIIIB 344 LAMSDORF

Our Maths master, Mr A.C "cringe" Loveland spent some of the war in a POW camp.

You can find out more here -

He was involved with many camp activities - see here.....

Thursday, 6 September 2018

The origins the House names at Purley Boys

"Having read the history of PGS on Fasetpatria, curiousity led me to a Google search for the names of the early Headmasters etc. The wonders of the internet... immediate results which prove that therewas life outside of PGS for those old codgers.

Whilst at Purley, I was vaguely aware that the House names of Wight, Sergeant etc were associated with some old dead people who may or may not have been guilty of founding the establishment where I was currently being tortured.

The search found no traces of Messrs. Sergeant and Milner... (the FEP history reveals that Milner died in action in 1916).

However, in this 1910 photograph you will find Mr B.J Dorsett in his Edwardian glory displayed on the website of the City of Norwich School. The founding staff, no less. (Very grand it looks too if you go to their home page. Coming to Purley as it was then must have been something of a comedown).

Mr. Dorsett can be found in the middle of the middle row with the walrus tash.

This was four years before Dorsett joined Purley at its original site on Godstone Road.
As for Wight, (whom I learn was the original headmaster of PGS, which I never knew before), the FEP History reveals that he left in 1920 to go to a Nottingham school. Our search takes us to 1930 where RB Wight is found mentioned as Headmaster of Mundella School in Sheffield."

Cricket Ist XI 1960

Monday, 3 September 2018

Update on the Paris school trip 1968

It is very unusual to have an update on a story that took place 50 years ago.

In 1968, at the height of the riots around the Sorbonne in Paris, a school trip took place. The report from the Bourne magazine will follow shortly. More importantly for ephemera collectors, here is the very railway reservation notice for the train that left Victoria with 36 boys and 3 masters. all those years ago

However,  an anonymous pupil has now broken his sillence to confess that he stole the BR sign below from the railway carriage and the guilt of this act has remained in with him all these years. Pray for his soul ! 

This was originally published on the 1970 Fas et Patria website which still exists. However, over the coming years this will be retired and the archives are going to be gradually moved to this website. Apologies if you have seen it before.

Friday, 31 August 2018

School Diary pages - around 1977 ?

School Diary pages with all the weekly events, for those wanting to reminisce over things like the Frisbee club.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Old Purleians Rugby 1963-ish?

John Hanson comments " This looks like the 3rd or 4th XV's.  I was captain of the 2nd team at this time, having served in the 1st team from 1951 to 1961!   It's odd that Dickie Baxter is just to the right of "Mattie". Dick was always a stalwart of the 1st team.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

1970 Rugby U12

Under 12 Rugby 1970? Front row - far right is Dick Bird - Paul Cocks 3rd from front. Who else is recognised?

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