Heath Old Boys Association


Requests


Requests for information or contacts

Please inform the Editor if you able to answer any of these requests and if the request has been answered. Thank you.

Webster, Eric 1920–2005

Matthew Ambler would like to contact the family of Eric Webster to obtain their permission to reproduce one of his books.

J.E.M. Blythe

Mike Shaw asked about J.E.M. Blythe (chemistry) and Roger Morley was able to let him know that he is nearly 80 and living in Ossett.

Keith Harry Nixon [Heath 1941–1946]

From: Sally Corcoran

Hi I if you could help I am trying to find some information for my husband regarding his father who sadly passed away several years ago. He was a pupil at Heath Grammar between 1941 and 1946; his name was Keith Harry Nixon and his date of birth was 11 June 1930. If you could provide any information or help point us in the right direction I would be most grateful.

Kind Regards

Sally Nixon

Unfortunately, no class lists were prepared during the war. So we only have his date of admission, 11 September 1941, and departure, 30 July 1945.

John R Hudson

Peter Rawson [Heath 1961–66]]

In my year I remember David Baines, Keith Rutter, John Peel, John Eastwood, Podge Robertshaw, John Lees, John Rowley, Stuart Laycock, Pip Ryley and John (Rocker) Donaldson — I was at Ilkley sevens in 1961, I think, when Heath won.

Any of my school year out there? — get in touch with me.

Donald Speight Entwistle [Heath late 1930s]

Do you have any records of Donald Speight Entwistle who was at Heath Grammar School in the late 1930s and may have gained a University Scholarship (possibly to Oxford) was unable to take up as he was called up for "service" in 2nd WW. He died recently and I am trying to help put together an Obituary of my Brother in Law. I hope you may be able to help.

David Harcourt-Smith

The records that we have show that Donald Speight Entwhistle was born on 8 June 1923, admitted on 18 September 1934 and left on 29 July 1941. Because publication of class lists was suspended during the war we do not have a published record of any academic success.

John R Hudson

Heath School Camp at St Helens Isle of Wight 1938/Leo Hodgson

I am contacting you on behalf of St Helens Historical Society on the I.O.W. of which I am the acting secretary.

Recently a photograph has come into our possession, via our local record office, from an old post card. It is named ‘Heath School Camp. At St.Helens, I.W. 1938.’ We are unable to identify which of the possible fields it is taken in.

I decided to ‘Google’ the caption and to my delight I cam up with your wonderful website! Specifically a letter from Phyllis Hodgson, on behalf of her husband Leo. I understand it originates from your 2003 news letter, I am of course very conscious that time catches up on all of us and that it may no longer be possible to contact this gentleman, but am hopeful that somewhere in you archives you may have some other information or photographs of your school’s visits to the Island, perhaps you could share something with us for our archives. A road name of where the camp was would even give us some clue.

We had two camps that provided camping holidays to schools and various associations, such as guides and scouts during the pre and post war period, my own memories date from the later, but it does not look as if it is from one of those. There were also several fields it may have been, some now provide extra housing to our expanding village. Carpenters and Duver roads are possibilities. Leo Hodgson entry describes it as ‘little tents and a large marquee.’

Forgive my boldness with my enquiry, Google has certainly made communication possible. I am hoping that you may be able to help us.

Kind regards
Sally Laverty

John Illingworth [Heath 1962–67]

My name is John Dennis Illingworth, nickname ‘Strawbs,’ and I went to Heath September 1962 to July 1967.

I am at the age where thoughts are often with past friends and wondering where everybody got to! If there are any fellow ‘Heathens’ who remember me I would love to hear from them.

Kind Regards
John Illingworth.

David Andrew Wilson [Heath 1947–51]

Harry Wilson is desperate to trace his half-brother, David Andrew Wilson, who attended Health from 1947 to 1951 and who lived at Lingroyd Avenue, Pellon, Halifax. His father was J H Wilson and his mother's maiden name was Jean Dennison.

Any information regarding his life, career or current whereabouts would be greatly appreciated.

Harry's phone number is 0033 555 683758 and his email is harry.wilson1932@orange.fr.

A Plea from Noel Broome [Heath 1943–1951]

I am a Heath GS Old Boy (contemporary with Barrie Ingham, actor, who likewise lived in Northowram, though I have lost touch with him) and would very much appreciate help in tracing any information regarding my former Modern Language teacher, Arthur Holt (‘Tishi’), who did so much to foster my love of French and German literature; he died many years ago, I believe.

I only recently discovered that he wrote poetry, which I would like to know more about, if possible, do you know if there is an archive, or possibly a relative, I could contact?

One further query, if you don't mind! I always understood that the school motto included the words: Digni este et vos favore ‘Be ye also worthy of favour’ — being a pun on the name of the school’s founder. However, judging by the school seal on the web page this does not appear to be the case; can you elucidate?

Many thanks for your time and possible help.
Noel Broome

The HOBA Newsletter Decmeber 2004 p. 4 records the award of an OBE to Professor Judith George (née Holt) and there is photograph of her receiving an Honorary Fellowship from the University of the Highlands and Islands the same year but we have no more recent information.

In relation to Digni este et vos favore, Andrew Connell explains all in Pins, prayers and graces and the badge.

John R Hudson

Andrew Stoner

Would Andrew Stoner please contact me — I have been trying to contact you for some time!

Stuart Anderson

S.P.B. Mais

I wonder whether you can tell me the titles of the spy stories, other than The 3-Coloured Pencil, that were written by S.P.B. Mais. As he was an old boy of your school, I imagine you might have copies of these books. I can only find the titles of his many travel books and literary criticisms. I should be very grateful for your help, so that I can try to find them through second hand booksellers.

V Stopford

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Trevor Denham

From an email dated :

I have just found a short note about the death of Trevor Denham on the Heath Old Boys site addressed to ‘Russell’ from ‘Graham.’ He was the grandson of Sharlington Denham, brother of my great grandfather William. I wonder if you or other members have any further information about Trevor or other Denham family members?

My father was Eric Denham, b d — he and his older brothers Lawrence and Gerald were also Heath Old Boys.

Thanks for your help.

Jill Denham

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We have the following information:

Eric: admitted 13 September 1928; left 30 July 1935
Gerald: admitted September 1928
Laurence: admitted 18 September 1919; left July 1928; father H Denham

John R Hudson

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