OPA Newsletter March 1965

New Series No. 7

March 1965



President: C. A. HART

H. R. SLATER, Meadow Cottage, Sandwich Rd., Whitfield, Dover

News Letter Editor:
D. G. WEAVER, 38 Castle Street, Dover


It is a mistake to miss a Committee meeting. How often has one heard Mr. So-and-so "who unfortunately cannot be here tonight" put in charge of the stall at the fete. In my absence I was put down to write an account of the Annual General Meeting, Dinner and Dance, functions that I attended and enjoyed perhaps because I was unaware that some account would be demanded.

The Annual General Meeting was again held at and adjacent to the American Bar of the Dover Stage Hotel. The more important people sit furthest from the Bar and I could not hear all that went on.

Dr. C. A Hart, the President, was unfortunately in Siam so the Headmaster presided. Reports showed that membership stood at 282, of whom 140 were Life Members, but not everybody paid subscriptions.

For Jubilee Year it seemed felicitous and appropriate that Mr. Booth should assume office as President with Mr. H. A Stanway as Vice-President. One Slater was re-elected Secretary and the other Slater Assistant Secretary, an arrangement that confuses everyone except the Slaters.

It was agreed to hold the next AG.M. and Dinner on Saturday, 18th September and to observe the school's Jubilee Year in some fitting manner.

Attendance at the Dinner that followed the A.G.M. was no more than moderate and there is a proposal that the Jubilee Dinner should be in the school hall.

Dr. Hinton told us of his escapades as a schoolboy bent on baiting his masters. Boys have always been more consciously and consistently in search of entertainment rather than enlightenment but they may overlook the fact that masters have been boys in their time, a point never mentioned by co-educationalists. Mr. Booth proposed the toast to the Association and Mr. Bradley replied for the visitors.

This year's Dance at school on 28th December. was in the hands of three of the younger members of committee and they are to be congratulated on obtaining an excellent band and by their general arrangements continuing to build the occasion toward the success that it ought to be. If they are willing to continue the good work for another year I recommend them to book the same band for the first warm, dry, windless night after Christmas.



Friday, 2nd April, 7.15 p.m.; Saturday, 3rd April, 7 p.m. Housemaster (see below).

Saturday, 3rd April, 2.30 p.m. 1st XV v. Old Pharosians.

Friday, 18th June, 2 p.m. Sports Day.

Saturday, 17th July, 2.30 p.m. 1st XI v. Old Pharosians.

Saturday, 18th September. Diamond Jubilee A.G.M. and Dinner at School. Full details of this important event will be published in the next Newsletter.

Saturday, 11th December; Monday. 13th December; Wednesday, 15th December. The Pirates of Penzance at the School.


This term we present Housemaster. a comedy of school life by Ian Hay. Old Boys are warmly invited and can obtain tickets at 5/-. 3/6 or 2/6 from Mr. W. G. King at the school.


J. D. WILLIAMS (1934-42) spent a year at the Royal College of Science before entering Guy's Hospital Medical School. In 1949 he qualified M.B.. B.S., M.R.C.S. L.R.C.P. and held a House Appointment at Guy's Hospital, London He then spent two years in Hong Kong with the R.A.M.C. before holding the position of Medical Registrar at Guy's Hospital. In 1954-55 he was Research Associate in Medicine. University of Illinois. U.S.A. In 1954 he was elected a Member of the Royal College of Physicians. From 1958-61 he was Senior Medical Registrar at Guy's Hospital until in the latter year he was appointed Consultant Physician to Orpington. Sevenoaks and Sidcup Groups. He has had work published in both British and American medical journals. He was married in 1960.

D. R. E. PHILPOIT (1947-54) has been teaching geography at East Ham Grammar School and is now appointed Head of the Geography Department at Harwich High School.

A W. LYONS (1925-33) was an engineering draughtsman at Dover Engineering Works until 1939 when his war service with the Royal Engineers began. In 1943 he was commissioned. From 1947 he has been a Schoolteacher. now at Melbourne C.P. School. Dover. He has a son at School at the moment.

J. J. LYONS (1910-15) passed into Sandhurst (then the Royal Military College). In 1918 he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Indian Army and in 1948 retired as a Substantive Lt./Col. When we last heard from him he was living in St. Helier. Jersey and spending his winters in India where he has hunting and shooting interests. chiefly arranging such matters for American tourists.

F. H. WEBB (1932-39) was a Technical Assistant in the Ministry of Supply during the war and then studied Forestry at the University of North Wales. Bangor. gaining his B.Sc. in 1951 and being then appointed a District Forest Officer in the Forestry Commission. When we last heard from him most of his time had been spent in charge of the North Cardiganshire District. He is married and has one son.

W. J. F. WELLARD (1918-25) studied for three years at Imperial College of Science and Technology. London. Then for two years he held a Goldsmith's post graduate bursary at Metropolitan Vickers Electric Co. remaining with them as a switchgear engineer until 1933 when he took up a post as a mechanical and electrical engineer with the Air Ministry. When we last heard from him he was their Deputy Chief Mechanical and Electrical Engineer. During the war he reached the rank of Wing Commander in the R.A.F. In 1948 he was awarded the O.B.E. and holds the following qualifications: A.C.G.I.; B.Sc.(Hons.); D.I.C.; M.I.E.E.; A.M.I. (Mech.)E. He is married and has one son.

F. G. WEST-ORAM (1926-33) studied in the Department of Glass Technology of Sheffield University gaining his B.Sc.Tech. in 1936 and his M.Sc.Tech in 1938. From 1936-37 he was a research assistant with Osram G.E.C.. Wembley and then spent two years as an assistant lecturer at Sheffield University. He served during the war with the R.A.S.C. in Eritrea. India and Burma. reaching the rank of Major. Then he spent eight years as Technical Manager of Wood Brothers Glass Co.. Barnsley and another year as a lecturer at Sheffield. He is now Market Manager with LC.!. Ltd.. Export Sales Department. Northwich. In this capacity he has visited over 40 countries. He is married and has two sons and two daughters.

W. M. E. WHITE (1924-32) was at Trinity Hall, Cambridge from 1933-37. gaining his B.A. In 1938 he became a 2nd Lieut. in the R.A.S.C. serving in France. North Africa and Italy. In 1943 as a Lieut-Col. he was mentioned in dispatches and in 1944 awarded an O.R.E. In 1959 he was a Brigadier-Commandant of the R.A.S.C. Training Centre, Aldershot. He is married and has one daughter. He has played cricket for Cambridge University, the Army, the Combined Services, Northamptons and the M.C.C. In 1961 he was Chairman of the Army Cricket Association. His brother J. R. E. WHITE (1927-35) after qualifying at the British School of Telegraphy, Clapham became a Radio Officer in the Merchant Navy. In one year he was torpedoed, shelled and mined. In 1943 he joined R.N.V.R. as Lieutenant, qualifying as a Signals Officer. In 1945 he was in charge of a radio station in Ceylon. In 1947 he joined the Admiralty Civilian Shore Wireless Service and is now Duty Commander of the R.N.W./T. Station, Scarborough. He is married and has one son.

C. R WILSON (1914-21) joined the National Provincial Bank and served in London, Maidstone, Folkestone before returning to Dover as Accountant in 1948. In 1953 he took up the post of Manager of the High Street Branch, Tunbridge Wells.

M. C. WILSON (1935-43) entered the Westminster Bank Ltd. on leaving but served from 1945-48 with the army in Singapore and Hong Kong. He was commissioned in 1946. Since then he has served in various branches of the bank; now at Bayswater. He is married and has two children.

A. HENNEY (1918-23) joined the Merchant Navy on leaving school and has had a command in the B.P. Tanker fleet for over 30 years. He spent most of the 2nd World War making Atlantic crossings and carried out "oiling at sea"—the refuelling of smaller ships in convoy. Twice within eleven months he was torpedoed, on each occasion getting all his crew into the lifeboats. He was decorated with the O.R.E. by King George VI and in 1959 was chosen to lay the M.N. wreath at the Cenotaph Armistice Day service. He is a member of the Hon. Co. of Master Mariners and a Freeman of the City of London. On December 19th, 1964 he was promoted to Commodore and is to take B.P's. latest 100,000 ton tanker on her maiden voyage early this year. He is due to retire in December.


The cost of printing and posting The Pharos continues to increase and it takes a very large proportion of the annual subscription. News of interest to Old Pharosians is already included in this News Letter and it has therefore been decided to send The Pharos only to those members who particularly wish to receive it and return the slip below to the Secretary by 30th June.

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