Robert (Bob) Wise (Johnsons 1953)

The reunion in April in the former Dining Room of Johnsons was fantastic and I enjoyed meeting my former pupil buddies so much, having travelled all the way from Texas. I have lived a good life and the only sorrow is that I lost my wife Dorothy last September after 60 years of marriage. We have also lost so many of my contemporary Johnsonians whom I remember so well. I will always treasure the days I spent with EG’s Johnsons boys. The school does a fantastic job of keeping up with us all and for putting on so many functions. I live quietly in the town of Spring near Houston and, having downsized recently, I am kept busy putting my new house in the shape I want it. There is always plenty going on and I travel back to the UK at least once per year to see family. My son and daughter live in the UK as do most of my six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. (2019)

Brigadier John Skinner (Hardinge 1952)

Like me, David Brancher (Fenton 46) known as ‘Twig’ Brancher by school colleagues, lives in Abergavenny. He has recently acceded to the age of 88, and keeps very well and active – a tribute to his teenage tuition. I’m also in regular touch with Derek Morris (Grote 53). Since retiring from New Zealand’s diplomatic service, he and his wife Julia have based themselves in Melbourne, Australia. (2018)

Duncan Foster (Park Grange and School House 1955)

At school, I enjoyed the ACF (CCF). Afterwards I joined the Army but got a severe infection in both feet, nearly losing my right one. I then worked at Castrol Head Office and was married in St Budeaux Church in 1963 to my wife of 50 years. I have a daughter and a son. I am now retired, living close to Guildford. I have had a fantastic and happy life and look forward to attending a reunion. Names I recall are Chris Pallant (OS 50), Bags (Michael) Crawford (School House 54), Richard Tobitt (OS 59) and Robert Short (School House 55), who was a fantastic ghost story teller in the dorm. (2014)

Malcolm Tidman (Hardinge 1953)

I was at the school till 1953 and moved to Australia in 1960. Recently I celebrated my 80th birthday along with 40 of my friends for a BBQ. Memories of the school are always with me. (2016)

Peter Hirschmann (School House 1955)

I celebrated my 80th birthday by sponsoring the commission by Leeds Lieder of a new work for tenor and piano by Daniel Kidane to a text by Ben Okri. It had its first performance at the Leeds Lieder Festival in April. (2018)

Bob Ogley (Hardinge 1955)

Bob continues to write for the Sevenoaks Chronicle. (2016)

Rev John Ellison (Johnson 1956)

Some OS may have seen the An Island Parish television series about Sark. They have been seeking a priest for two years and have now appointed a woman vicar from July. I will be acting as the last locum vicar on this lovely island next month. Most of the time I am very busy and active as an assistant priest in the Winchester Diocese in and around Selborne and Chawton which are the former dwellings of Gilbert White and Jane Austen. I am now 77 but keep fit and well and act as captain of the Diocesan tennis team. I am always pleased to see OS in this part of Hampshire. (2014)