Subject to any other commitments I would like to attend the next 'School Dinner' -
I was, I suppose, fortunate in that, when my father was mobilised in July 1939 (pre-
As you will have appreciated, I really am an OLD BOY (of Hunter House) and well remember Mr Waddingham and many of the teaching staff, some being more memorable than others. I particularly remember the Headmaster, Dr Robinson; Mr Flint (my Form master) and Mr Field under whose tutilage I became a moderately proficient violinist and I recall being a member of the small school orchestra, my last appearance with that group being at a School Speech Day in St Martin's in the Fields in my final term. There was also Mr Wright, an English teacher who wrote and published a text book on English grammar; who had an unerring accuracy in the throwing of chalk and occasionally the blackboard rubber at an inattentive pupil and was also quite handy with a ruler. Apart from, I think, two elderly ladies, the teachers were all male until the arrival circa 1942 of a very attractive young lady teacher, Miss Merriman, who caused a flutter in many a young boy's heart.
One other vivid memory is of corporal punishment being administered, with every pupil at South Lake bearing witness, by Dr Robinson in the grounds at the front of the house at South Lake -
Although I did join the Old Tenisonians Asscociation way back in1946, which enabled one to continue receiving a copy of the School magazine, in that non-
I do have a photograph of the OTA reunion dinner & dance that took place in October 1953 -
I can never forget the School badge: I have in my study an Edwardian hall chair which my father bought -
I brought to an end my overseas employment in the late fifties and joined another international Insurance organisation by whom i was employed until I reached retirement age. I was actually able to put my feet up for just three weeks before my late employers persuaded me to return to the fold as a Consultant to assist in bringing about the acquisition and successful integration of another company and that task did not come to an end until I was 72 years of age. It was then that my wife and I decided that it was time for her to end her full time involvement and me to cease my part time activities in the equestrian world so that we could move to the south of France where we have now resided for some 15 years.
I did meet up with some of my contemporaries for lunch in a restaurant near All Souls, Langham Place in the early seventies but unfortunately we lost touch. I have oft wondered how many of my classmates are still alive -
I trust that I have not bored you with my reminiscing about what were very happy days as a pupil of Archbishop Tenison's Grammar School. Today's world is very different from that when I was a student but I hope that today's pupils at the school have the same pride in the present day school as my contemporaries and I had in ATGS some seventy odd years ago.
David J Pounds(1940-
Letter from David Pounds