A.M. Booth Prefect, 1949-50: House Captain, Morris, 1950; House Captain, Athletics and Gym; Dance Club Secretary; School Council; Dramatic Society; Operatic Society; 1st XI Football: Athletics Captain; Basketball Team.
It is impossible to write of Booth without writing of Athletics. As Athletics Captain he was largely responsible for raising the standard' of that sport in the School to its present high position. What cricket was to Collins, athletics was to Booth. Twice he broke the School record in the high jump; he also broke the hurdles record and figured prominently in the sprints and discus events. His enthusiasm inspired others. Had he stayed another year, Mr. Ninnim might have been surprised to see queues of boys waiting to train on our uneven track.
Basketball, gym. and football also occupied a great amount of his time. Elsewhere has been recounted his 'fearsome aspect' which terrified goalkeepers and led to a regular stream of goals.
In the Prefects' Room his slapstick humour was infectious while his high kicking, which would put many Ziegfeld chorus girls to shame, was a great source of pride. He was a member of the Dramatic Society, Dancing Secretary, and a valuable member of the School Council: In the latter his friends called him tenacious, others dogmatic. His successful campaign as Conservative Candidate in the School Election will be long remembered.
Always cheerful, an attitude which earned him his nickname 'Happy,' he was a sincere and loyal friend. These qualities and his imperturbability made him a reliable and popular Prefect. We wish. him the best of luck in the future.
B. Davey. Prefect, 1948-50; Captain Spivey House, 1949-50; Secretary of School Council, 1949-50; Joint Dance Secretary; Candidate at School General Election; Half Colours School Athletics; 2nd XI. Cricket; 2nd XI. Football; Basketball Team; Member Dramatic Society, Operatic Society and Inter-School Discussion Group.
A constant friend, always ready to help, Bryan became a reliable Prefect, who rarely needed to use a noting card, and a prominent figure both in the Prefects' Room and the School. His immensely deep voice could be heard bellowing forth on the football field, in the General period and in the School corridors at some luckless First-former.
He succeeded Chaplin in the captaincy of Spivey, by now traditionally the House maintained solely by enthusiastic captains, amassing by hook or by crook enormous numbers of keenness points. He was always on the spot, in winter playing and urging his team on to success in football matches, or doggedly arguing with cricket umpires in summer.
He was game to try everything and took part in most School and sport activities. Very interested in economics and politics, he belonged to both the Young Conservatives' Association and the Socialist Party of Great Britain. He had a quiet and often nicely malicious wit and sense of humour.
Outside school his main loves were good theatre and New Orleans jazz. He read widely, danced consistently, and the rest of his time was spent in many and varied forms of sport. His immense pile of black hair suffered in the general hair-levelling by the brosse influence.
He is at present marking time in the R.A.F. and we all wish him the best of luck in his future (economics)) career.
John Wm. Gale, 1942-1950. Prefect, 1950; 2nd XI Cricket and Football; Half Colours, Cricket; Table Tennis Team; Chess Team; School Councillor.
An extremely reliable Prefect, 'Cheesy' represented the School regularly at cricket as a steady and accurate fast-medium bowler and a gloriously swash-buckling batsman in the true rustic style; at football as a thoughtful inside forward with considerable football sense; while his table tennis was renowned for that powerful stroke best described as a truncated upper cut but long designated 'Cheesy's cow-shot' by the envious.
His scholastic accomplishments culminated in his brilliant result in the Civil Service Executive Examination, in which he gained sixth place out of a nation-wide entry.
He could spend hours in ferocious, preoccupation with complicated and completely useless mathematical calculations, and his inventive ingenuity in such matters would leave his literary colleagues aghast. Often he became completely detached from earthly things and would gaze earnestly into space, lost in a land of anagrams and calculus, until the mirthful shrieks of the mob brought him back to life with a thud!
Above all he will be remembered for his sense of humour, which was unique and indefinable, ranging from the whimsical to the bizarre and delivered in pithy wisecracks varying from earthy to an unearthly subtlety.
Though his friends feel 'Cheesy's' true place is in the ranks of professional anagram-compilers, perhaps he has settled for the next best thing. Anyway we all wish him luck in his Civil Service career.
John L. Garrett, 1942-50 Prefect, 1949-50; Captain, Mallinson House, 1950; School Councillor: Assistant Librarian; Dramatic Society; Spanish Club; Table Tennis Secretary ; Table Tennis Team; 2nd XI. Football ; Athletics Colours.
John Garrett will be remembered by those who knew him at School equally as a scholar and athlete, and as a Prefect and Captain of his House.
As a scholar he attained the success which he earned so well, and won a State Scholarship. John always completed an amount of work which amazed his weaker-willed form-mates. Despite this he found much time free to spend in his favourite pastime, he could be seen nearly every day on the school field in hot pursuit of his discus. On the football field he was famed as the "penalty king," and he may be remembered as a violently unorthodox player of both cricket and tennis. Mallinson House will indeed be fortunate if it ever has a Captain his equal at the hopelessly difficult task of mustering a full team of apathetic juniors and cynical Seniors for every sporting occasion.
In the Prefects' Room John was known as he with whom it is impossible to argue and as the master of the crushing (and often insulting) retort. Through these gifts he earned the gratitude of several budding juvenile delinquents whom he defended with great ability and heart-breaking disregard for professional conduct in the Prefects' Court.
Finally we would wish him every success at Oxford; we cannot but suspect that he will leave some permanent mark on the ancient university.
Colin D. Laurie, 1945-50. Prefect, 1948-r1950; Vice-Acting School Captain, 1950; Vice-Captain and Secretary, Tennis ; Captain, 2nd XI. Football and Joint Captain 2nd XI. Cricket; Captain of Whittingham House; Tennis Captain; School Councillor.
Colin had a versatile turn of mind and whether engaged in sporting or academic activity he was always well to the fore. On the sporting side, tennis held first claim on him, Colin being a really excellent performer. Indeed it took such firm hold of him that even when he was induced to enter the higher spheres of cricket, his tennis strokes accompanied him. With plentiful scores of sixes and fours his prolific batting soon established his name well on top of the 2nd XI. averages.
On the football field he showed good solid ability; and were it not for the apparent absence of a left foot, a regular position in the 1st XI. would have been his.
Together with these athletic qualities, Laurie possessed a keen brain which brought him a County Major Scholarship. In October such assets, veiled by a natural and charming modesty, should prove invaluable towards furthering his career at Cambridge. We wish him the best of luck and every success for his future there.
J. L. Mason, 1946-50. Prefect, 1947-50; Acting School Captain, 1950; Chairman of School Council, 1950 ; Captain, 1st XI. Football, 1949; Captain, 1st XI. Cricket, 1950 ; Captain, 1st VI. Tennis, 1947-50; House Captain, Morris.
John came to Monoux. in 1946 from Weymouth Grammar School and entered the Fourth Form. He never lost his broad Dorsetshire accent, most noticeable during the readings in Assembly.
His outstanding sporting ability earned him a place in 1st XI. Football in his first term, to the detriment of his Latin, which coincided with football on Wednesday afternoons. He soon earned the distinction of being called, amongst other things, the "best schoolboy centre-half in London."
The next year he became a member of the Cricket First XI., where he was an excellent wicket keeper and an entertaining bat. He was also a member of the London Schools' Football XI. in 1948, and vice-captain of the Essex Grammar Schools' Cricket Team in 1950
He was also captain of the Tennis Team for three years, and represented Essex at junior Wimbledon in 1948. In addition he was a member of the School Table Tennis, Gymnastics, Athletics, and Basket Ball Teams, and captain of Morris House at tennis, football, cricket, boxing and gymnastics. John was elected Prefect when in the 5th Form-an unusual distinction-and during the last term and a half of his school life performed all the duties of School Captain without the actual honour of the post
John was very good natured and was extremely popular in the School, earning the respect of every one of its members. Before leaving he obtained his Higher School Certificate, and then for some time taught at the William Morris. School before joining the Forces.
He is now an officer-cadet in the Royal Signals, where no doubt he is learning the Morse version of the " oldy-oldy," and where he will probably become one of the mainstays of the British Army.
Derek W. Spencer, Prefect, 1949-50; Captain of Allpass House, 1949-50; member of School Council; member of Choir, Operatic Society, Dramatic Society and School Orchestra; Captain of School Chess Team, 1948-50 ; member of School Tennis Team, 1949-50; Captain of Allpass House Tennis, 1950.
Perhaps Derek will be remembered chiefly for his unfailing sense of humour, and for the unassuming and whole-hearted way in which he shared in so many interests. He had indeed unusually wide interests in a School with unusually good opportunities for all outside-school activities. Derek showed his love of music by joining the Choir and by acting as part-time pianist for the Orchestra. In this connection, special mention must be made of his fine performance in The Mikado as Pooh-bah, one of the most important and difficult parts in the opera.
All through his School life he belonged to the School Council, on which he represented Allpass House during his last years at School. With this may be linked his political interests; he was a very keen and energetic Liberal, and won over many by his vigorous campaigning in the School Election early in 1950.
In sport he was an invaluable member of the School Tennis Team, and captained Allpass House Tennis in 1950. He will be especially remembered for the splendid work he put into the School Chess Team, keeping up the high tradition established by Reaney, even after the breaking up of Reaney's very powerful team:
On the academic side, Derek took a great interest in modern languages, particularly French. He took an excellent General School Certificate, with Matric. Exemption, and, while still at School, gained his Intermediate Arts. In October, 1950, he entered University College, London, to read for an Honours degree in French. We wish him all good luck in his course, and for his future career.