Heath Old Boys Association


John Harrup Shoesmith: [Heath 1934–1942]

He studied medicine at Leeds University and developed a special interest in thoracic surgery. He was a junior member of the team which pioneered open heart surgery in Britain and was involved in the development of the heart lung machine. He was a General/Vascular surgeon at Leeds General Infirmary for 28 years until his retirement in 1989.

As a young man he had played rugby for Yorkshire but a leg injury brought an end to this. He met his wife, Irene, who died in 2016, when he was doing national service at Millbank and they married in 1952.

Our condolences to his sons, David and Michael.

Thanks to David Shoesmith for this information.

Dennis Christopher Sunderland –2003? [Heath 1963–1970]

Dennis was always affectionately known as ‘Big D.’ He was a good sportsman who played rugby and cricket and his record for the plunge at the swimming gala was never broken. He worked at Marshall’s, Southowram, for 26 years and latterly at S.G.L., Luddenden Foot.

He will be much missed by his wife, Gill, and family, and his many friends, to whom we send our condolences.

Thanks to Cynthia Darwin for the obituary.

First appeared in Newsletter dated

Frederick Joseph Talbot OBE: [Heath 1904–?*]

Robert James Talbot: –1974 [Heath 1935–1940]

Anne Archer (née Talbot) writes:

I have only just found your site, but would very much like to include on your Obituary list my late father’s name and if possible my late grandfather, both of whom were pupils at Heath Grammar School.

My father was Robert James Talbot (October 1923–1974) and my grandfather was Frederick Joseph Talbot (March 1893–1970). However, I am not sure of the dates when they joined/left the school. They lived in Skircoat Green.

Kind regards,

Anne Archer (née Talbot)

* Frederick Joseph Talbot appears in the class lists for September 1904 to December 1906 (when the sequence ends); it is not known when he left the school. He is buried at Mount Zion.