Henry Mellish Grammar School Magazines and Memorabilia
Author: Malcolm Peaker
Elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society in 1996, Malcolm Peaker is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. A graduate of the University of Sheffield (BSc, DSc) and the University of Hong Kong (PhD, Hon. DSc), he was Director of the Hannah Research Institute and Hannah Professor in the University of Glasgow, Vice-President of the Zoological Society of London, Chairman of the, British Nutrition Foundation and a member of the Rank Prize Funds Nutrition Advisory Committee.
Garry Hu,mphreys found a note on his death in 2018. Other information on his life was then found. His entry on the STAFF page now reads:
BURTON, Roger. B.A. (Nottingham). 1960-1964. French and Spanish. CCF Lt (Royal Signals). To Kirkby-in-Ashfield Comprehensive School. Educated Alleyne’s Grammar School, Uttoxeter. b 28 January 1933, Staffordshire; d 30 July 2018, Devon. Amateur singer. “Budgie” from the blue jacket, Nottingham B.A. gown and head on one side.
Graham Arthur Mottershaw [1942-1950] is quoted in book on National Service
Graham Mottershaw wrote from his R.A.F. training unit: ‘the talk consists of filth and blasphemy which surprises even a vulgar person like me; more sensitive and sheltered natures must suffer hell’.
From Richard Vinen’s National Service. Conscription in Britain 1945-1963, 2014, London: Allen Lane, p 152. Mottershead (b 26 May 1932; d 26 February 1996, Shropshire) was living in Arnold at the time of the emergency census in 1939. A first XI cricketer, he was writing to his friend, John Michael Lee (see Obits page). The letter is in Lee’s papers kept in the Nottinghamshire Archive.
EARNSHAW, Frank William. 1949-1954. Former President of Henry Mellish Old Boys Rugby Club. Senior Divisional Officer in the Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, Mansfield. b 28 November 1937, Hull. d 12 June 2013.
ARGYLE, William Johnson ‘John’. 1941-1949. M.A. B.Litt. D.Phil (Oxford) after National Service in the Royal Navy. Social Anthropologist. Lecturer, Rhodes University, then University of Natal at Durban. Lecturer, Queen Mary College, London. Professor of Social Anthropology, Durban, 1971-1996. Retired to Devon and then Bristol. b 1931 Matlock, Derbyshire; d 20 September 2021. Obituary here.
The unused postcard has been wrongly labelled by hand as the Sir Henry Mellish School. Given the caption used by the printers, the appearance of the children and the newly-planted look of the shrubs my guess is that was taken in 1929 or early 1930 soon after the school opened. It is occupied because the windows in 2A, 3A and the office are open. Spring 1930 maybe?
Thanks to Jeremy’s son Robert we have obituaries for the brothers. Shown here but also on the OBITS page.
STORR, Richard Charles. 1954-1961. BSc Chemistry (King’s College, London), PhD Chemistry (Leicester). Originally of Forest Fields then Nuthall, took up work at Leicester University during PhD, moving to Liverpool University as Lecturer in Chemistry. Working in research in organic chemistry (Treasurer/Secretary of the Heterocyclic Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry 1986-89) and lecturing at Liverpool from the late 1960s until retirement. Resident of the Wirral. b 1942 Nottingham; d 29 May 2018. Brother to Jeremy G Storr (1958-1965).
STORR, Jeremy George. 1958-1965. BA English (Sheffield, 1968), PGCE (Nottingham, 1969), MA English Language (researching dialects of the Erewash Valley – 1981). Originally of Forest Fields then Nuthall, resident of Sheffield from the mid-1960s. English teacher at Holgate Grammar, Barnsley 1969-1975 then Head of English at Wisewood Comprehensive, Sheffield 1975-1995. Known at Henry Mellish for his sketching skills (see cartoons Centaur 1964/5). After retirement worked as watercolour artist, painting commissions and selling artwork in galleries including paintings of landscapes and scenes across Yorkshire and the Bristol area. b 1946 Nottingham; d. August 2022. Brother to Richard C Storr (1954-1961).
From Andrew Jarratt via Robert Dawson, is this obituary of David Drinkwater.
DRINKWATER, David, 1955-1960, b 2 February 1944; d 15 September 2022. To the consternation of School management, he became an apprentice at the Royal Ordnance Factory Nottingham. This was a precursor to a distinguished career in engineering and engineering standards. Worked for a number of large organisations in a senior capacity in Egypt and USA as well as the UK. A keen cyclist, he covered 163,000 miles in his life including the four cardinal points of the UK.
LEE, John Michael. 1942-1950. Christ Church, Oxford. 1958-67 Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in government, Manchester. 1967-69 H.M. Treasury. 1969-72 Institute of Commonwealth Studies. 1972-81 Reader in Politics, Birkbeck College. 1981-1992 Professor of Politics, Bristol. 1993-95 Visiting Fellow, LSE. Author of books on politics and history, e.g. The Churchill Coalition, 1940-1945. b 29 March 1932, Sheffield; d 2 February 2022, Twickenham. Papers deposited in Nottinghamshire Archives including an autobiography.