Two New Obituaries: Richard ‘Dick’ Storr and his brother Jeremy

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).

David Drinkwater (1944-2022)

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.

On the OBITS page.

Professor John Michael Lee 1932-2022

Added to the Obituary Tab:

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.

Keen to meet

from Anthony Edward Stratford [1967-1972]:

I attended HMGS between 1967 and 1972. I am keen to chat or meet up with old school mates from these times, I’m looking at the school photo’s and i do not recognise anyone from my year. Please drop me an e-mail to help me out

I have the email address if anybody wishes to make contact.

Updates May 2022

Two additions:

1 I found reference to the fact that a founding member of staff, JCE Wren, was a descendant of Sir Christopher Wren.

2 A new obituary:

GARDINER, Percy Alec. 1929-ca 1937. M.C., B.A. (French) (University College, London), MEd (Nottingham). b 15 November 1918, Stapleford; d 29 October 2008, Scarborough. 1939 enlisted Sherwood Foresters; commissioned 1942, Leicestershire Regiment, T/Capt 1945. M.C. gazetted 3 May 1945 for ‘gallant and distinguished services in North-West Europe’. Assistant Master, Ilkeston Grammar School 1948-1950, Manchester Grammar School, 1950-1954 (French, English and RI); Founder Headmaster. Boreham Wood Grammar School. 1954-1961. Head, Scarborough High School for Boys, 1961-1974. First principal of Scarborough Sixth Form College, 1974-1979. Organist, Scalbv Methodist Church for 25 years.

NEW: 1946 School Photograph and 1972 Carol Service

Judy Fearn kindly scanned her father’s (G. Norman Fearn [1942-1949] school photograph by Panora. It was taken in September 1946 by which time, The Centaur noted, members of staff had returned after the war and a number of new and very familiar faces had been recruited. Those of us from the 1950s will be amazed by the youthful appearance of Freddy White and Froggy Marshall, for example. The photograph can be downloaded on the PANORAMAS page and enlarged in your browser. It can also be seen as a slow pan across the scene on YouTube – the link is on the same page.

Judy noted that her father has been reading The Centaur on the site with great interest.

From Nick Clifford has come the programme for a carol service held in December 1972. It can be found on the MISCELLANEA page.

Photographs of Trip to Bouillon in 1962 and More Information on Allan P.R. Brook

Trip to Bouillon, Belgium, April 1962. Photographs by A.P.R. Brook

Thanks to Steve Brook, Alan Brook’s son, we have scans of the photographs APRB took on a trip to Bouillon in Belgium for Forms I-III in April 1962. The trip is described in The Centaur (Summer 1962, page 18). See Miscellanea page. More information on the career of APRB has been added on the Staff page, together with a link to a video of his commemoration service.