R. C. MATTHEWS 1920-1952

A former pupil, he returned after War Service as
Mathematics Master and made outstanding contributions
as organiser of entertainment, dramatic productions and
School cricket.

He organised the first School Christmas Concert whilst
still a pupil and continued to do so whilst on the Staff
and also inaugurated a series of variety performances in
which boys and Staff contributed as ‘The Merry Muffin’.
This in turn led to the formation of the ‘Eversley Players’
which produced plays under his direction throughout
the 1930’s.

He was an outstanding cricketer and a demanding master
in charge setting very high standards and producing
many good young cricketers who were welcomed by the
Town team.

Of perhaps an outsize ego and certainly of explosive
temper he dispensed physical punishment to the
“blithering idiots” as he called them; with schoolboy
humour his form wrote on his retirement that they were
“losing a gentle motherly guardian”. His talents therefore
made him both feared and loved – he certainly could not
be ignored!

C. WARD 1920-1957

A Music master with Catholic tastes in the subject and
a blessed sense of humour. His responsibilities extended
beyond the classroom more especially with the School
Orchestra “of almost national fame” and the Band of the
Cadet Corps which one Inspecting Officer reported
“approached the best Regular Army standards”.

He organised the music for School Plays and Revues and
ensured that musical performances given on Speech and
Open Days were first class.

In his earlier years he was a robust centre forward and
a keen cricketer. For many years he was a Senior House
Master and boys of the time remember him solving
transport difficulties in the War Years by balancing a
cello on his bicycle as he rode it to rehearsal. He helped
mould the musical tastes of generations.

R. F. HAMMOND 1921-1949

Besides teaching French he produced French plays and
led School trips to that country. His enthusiasm never
flagged; in his last six months of service he produced
2 plays and led a trip to France. The Headmaster wrote
that “he won the admiration and affection of generations
of boys and left a lasting impression on the place”
.

J. HARRISON 1930-1971

A historian ‘par excellence’; he had the knack of bringing
the subject alive, so much so that one old boy claims he
ran in anticipation to his lesson! This wisdom, patience
and dedication inspired many, a number gained Open
Scholarships to Oxbridge; for some years it was only in
History that such successes were won.

“Acres of paper and pints of ink don’t make a good
essay”
was his oft quoted truism. When not in the
classroom he was to be found in the Library where with
‘tobacco reeking sports jacket and grey flannels’ he
presided as Chief Librarian for very many years. In his
younger days his skills were utilised in the Cricket XI
when they were playing adult teams, and for many years
he presided over a School Stamp Club.

When appointed to the Staff he represented the young
amongst many veterans, when he retired 41 years later
his contemporaries recognised him as one who today
would be called ‘A Super-Teacher’.

E. H. DYER 1939-1975

Eric attended School from 1920 to 1930 and was arguably
the best schoolboy cricketer produced by the School;
during his last term he scored a total of nearly 700 runs
for the 1st XI including two centuries. He was somewhat
indulged by the Head (C. J. Blackburn) who allowed him
to represent Eastbourne in mid week games; his faith in
Eric was rewarded when he gained a University place and
a Science degree.

A first teaching post in Essex was followed by a return to
School as Assistant Science Master in 1939 and then six
years in the Royal Artillery. In June 1944 he was awarded
the Military Cross ‘for valour in the field’.

In post war years it was in the natural order of things
that he should take over the responsibility for School
cricket and return the benefits he had received as a boy.
He was described by a contemporary as “a coach par
excellence always insisting on the highest standards”
.
He was also a Senior House Master, Treasurer of the
Dramatic Society and, the choice of his colleagues,
Chairman of the Common Room.

In later years he taught Mathematics but sadly his last
years in School were plagued by ill health, probably
initiated by his being wounded in 1944. On retirement in
1975 he had completed a remarkable 45 years priceless
association with the School. Always neat (he was a
splendid wicketkeeper), quiet and courteous his
comments and friendship was valued by boys and
colleagues alike.


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