English teacher; Second Master from 1940


Appointed to the Staff in 1913 he taught for only one year before serving for four years in the Army. He taught English “with unfailing patience, with humour and upon occasions with satire”. In his early years he was a noted sportsman both as a goalkeeper and a cricketer reputed to have taken all ten wickets in successive innings for Eastbourne CC. His greatest contribution was as Second Master from 1940 working in total with four Headmasters; to his credit he never opened conversations with “now in the old Headmasters time”!

Sharp of intellect (he excelled at Chess and Bridge), a tolerant speaker with an aura that brooked no nonsense, he was always accorded due respect by boys and his colleagues; which of the two groups nicknamed him ‘Bill’ and why remains a mystery!