• Schooldays in the 1940s

    a biography of Reggie Gray

    Reggie was initially sent to Newtown Infants but his mother complained that this was too far for him to walk so instead he started at St Mary’s Church Rooms. Later […]

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  • Townsend Road Junior School

    Pam Bayliss (nee Sale-Thorn)

    At the age of eight, all the children from Waterside, plus those from Newtown Infants, and a few others, transferred to junior school. The boys went to Whitehill Boys, whilst […]

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  • My life until I left school – Maurice Payne

    Maurice Payne, born 1913.

    I was born in Blucher Street. At a very early age we moved to 127 Waterside. My family consisted of Mother, Father and my brother, two years older than me. […]

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  • Whitehill Infants in the 1920s

    Ron Mayne

    The first three rooms were for infants, the far ground floor for the senior girls with Miss Morrison, upstairs the senior boys with Stan Cox as headmaster. I remember when […]

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  • Reynolds brothers school days

    Fred and Bill Reynolds

    Bill (William) Reynolds – School in the 1940s Bill, known as Billy during his childhood, was born in 1938. He started school at the age of four and a half […]

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  • Whitehill School in the 1950s

    Jean Overby (nee Godden)

    As a child growing up in Chesham I went to Waterside,Townsend, then off to Whitehill. We wore uniforms with Navy blue undies that also served as our gym shorts. How I hated […]

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  • Whitehill Girls in the 1950s

    Jenny (Jennifer) Gurnett (nee Parker)

    I lived in Chorleywood, and along with about five other girls I would catch the Aylesbury train to Chalfont, dash under (or over) to the Chesham branch line and thus […]

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  • School Days

    Harold Raymond (Ray) King

    I started school in 1927 age 5 years. I went to White Hill infants, then in 1930, age 8 years, to White Hill juniors. The headmaster was Mr Stanley Cox. […]

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  • A first for Whitehill county secondary school for girls

    Gwyneth Bradley

    During 1956 a new and exciting venture was mentioned and discussed – the idea of a school journey to Holland. This became a reality on Tuesday, 30th April 1957 when […]

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  • Waterside infants’ school

    Christopher Mulkern

    I started school at Waterside Infants when I was about four years old. A lady called Miss Geary was the headmistress. I remember her saying “Come along, Christopher”. “My name’s […]

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  • Chesham Bois Church of England school

    Christopher Mulkern

    In 1914 we moved from Waterside to Bois Moor Road. The area was then in the parish of Chesham Bois and so I had to attend Chesham Bois C of […]

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  • Education in the early 20th century

    Alice/Alison Rose (Rosie) Horsnell, nee Culverhouse

    I was born in 1908 to Edward Culverhouse and Alice Mary (nee Chance). I started school at the age of five at Townsend Road Infants School and then at the […]

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