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Valete 1952

TERENCE W. TURNER. School, 1944-5: School Captain, 1950-51: Chairman, School Council; Captain, Higham House; Sports. Editor, The Monovian; 1st XI Football; School Athletics.
Terry, who had become known for his excellent football and his interest in athletics, was made a Prefect while still in the First Year Sixth. When appointed School Captain in 1950 he had the unrewarding task of managing a body of Prefects mostlv older than himself. However, he remained popular behind the opaque door of the Prefects' Room and in the School as a whole; nor is this surprising, since he had the gift of making conversation with anyone about almost anything from painting to athletics and literature. A great deal of Terry's leisure time was spent in training for athletics, especially hurdling, but this never dominated his academic studies.

R. E. DURGNAT. School, 1944-51:Prefect, 1950-51: Editor of The Monovian 1950-51; State Scholarship and Open Scholarship in English to Pembroke College Cambridge, 1950.
Articles signed by R.E.D. and poems unsugned but written by R.E.D., have appeared for so long in The Monovian that it comes as a shock to realize that one of the finest contributors that any school
magazine could hope to have has left us. While still in the Fifth Form, Ray began to develop a fine style: witty, rich in imagery, succinct, epigrammatic. A harsh style, perhaps, brittle like the age. At its best this style was seen in his dramatic criticism, possibly his most positive contribution to the literary section of The Monovian. Here he spoke out. With cut and thrust and parry he demolished many a pretentious production, and set up a standard of honest criticism, as distinct from anaemic flattery, which future writers will find hard to emulate.
But Ray is more than a prolific writer of stories, poems, articles, and criticism; he is also a persistent (some denizens of the The Ridgeway might say pestiferous) performer on the trumpet (hot). Thus, Bohemian in appearance, original in thought, he displays all the well-known conservative attributes of the intellectual of our time. Sensitive to all the loveliness of the melody that
. came o'er my ear like the sweet, South,
That breathes upon a bank of violets;'
he professes, none the less, to enjoy and appreciate the weird cacophonous trumpetings and adenoidal. whimperings that pass for music in esoteric jazz clubs, both here and across the Atlantic.
The intellectual life of Monoux is the poorer for his going; he will yet add lustre to the great name of the School.

FREDERICK J. SILVESTER. School 1944-51; Prefect, 1950-51; Editor of the Bulletin, 1950-51; Librarian; Secretary of the Debating and Discussion Society; member of the Dramatic Society committee: Vice-Captain, Whittingham House; School Councillor,
There are few people who can find time to win a State Scholarship and also take an administrative part in numerous School activities, but Fred Silvester was one of them. It was Fred who re-started the Bulletin and ran it by himself without fail for a year; it was he who founded and managed the Debating Society. We well remember his production of The Poacher and his parts in School plays. Then in his, last few months at the School he undertook the tremendous task of reorganising the catalogue in the Library.
As a Prefect Fred became greatly respected and he had a particular influence over the Lower School after the broadcasting of the song, I taught I taw a puddy cat. In the School Council and the Sixth Form general periods he was always ready to express his uncompromising views in a deep, low voice which became an essential part of the atmosphere.

BERNARD BLACK;. School, 1944-51; Prefect, 1950-51: Captain, Mallinson House; Captain, 1st XI, Cricket and Football.
With his natural ability to command, coupled with his extensive talent, it was only a question of time before he rose to the captaincy of the 1st X1 at both cricket and football. Was it a coincidence, moreover, that the School teams and Mallinson House enjoyed unparalleled success under his leadership? Bernard was never content to sit back and watch the labours of others; he always took an active part in School functions. He was a keen athlete, and played cricket for London and Essex teams.

COLIN A. BROWNING. School, 1945-51: Prefect, 1950-51; member of the Dramatic Society and Debating Society.
Like John Donne, Colin seemed to be a person whose character was full of apparent contradictions Those who knew little about him believed he was always very serious and conservative in his tastes, yet he was one of the keenest lovers of jazz one could expect to meet. Though outwardly sedate, he enjoyed playing Moonshine and fooling ahout with his lamp in A Midsummer Night's Dream; and although he was not an athlete Colin had an extensive knowledge of sport, its rules, history, and personalities. He was indeed a colleague to be desired because of his wide and seemingly unrelated interests.

WILLIAM G. ANDERSON. School, 1944-51; Prefect, 1950-51; Captain, Whittingham House: 1st XI Cricket and Football.
Billy Anderson's forccful batting was something to be feared among inexperienced opposing teams, nor was he any less of an adversary on the football field. Whittingham House must surely have regretted his leaving before the swimming competition, as swimmong was one of his chief outside interests and one in which he obtained considerable renown. Many will also remember the cornet recitals he gave on several occasions in the mid morning period.

MILES A. CARTER. School, 1944-51; Prefect, 1950-51: member of Debating Society, Religious Discussion Group, and Classical Society.
Although Miles was always quiet he was none the less active in all spheres of School life. One of the founder members of the Religious Discussion Group, he was always willing to express his own opinions while at the same time giving a fair hearing to the other side. Such an attitude pervaded everything he did: always ready to assume the initiative when the need arose, he preferred to learn the whole case before he acted. Miles gave one of the best speeches of the year for the Debating Society in support of the motion: "That justice is a questiort of what is expedient rather than of what is right." He regularly attended the meetings and outings of the Classical Society.

ALAN W. MORELY. School, 1943-51; Prefect, 1950-51; Captain, Morris House; 1st XI Football.
Mr. Hyde's French set will probably remcmber Alan best for the delightful squeaks and impersonations he used to give; he could almost do a one-man "Ray's a Laugh" show! His particular linguistic ability (especially in Spanish) enabled him to win a nationwide Hispanic Council prize for two years in succession. Alan was also keenly interested in sport and took an active part in School football. As a Prefect he performed his duties very conscientiously, a fact which Sixth Formers who were late for School discovered to their disadvantage.

COLIN A. BATTELL. School, 1948-51; School Vice-Captain, 1950-51; Captain, 2nd Tennis Team; 2nd XI Football: Badminton Team.
Colin, who joined the Monoux late from another school, always stood out among the rest of the Prefects; nor was this made less obvious by his height! He had the remarkable ability to work to a rigid homework timetable of so many hours for each subject every week, but his life was far from regimented. He seemed to derive satisfaction from wandering in to a period a few minutes late, and he took part in a wide range of sports; Colin was prominent in the tennis aud badmintom teams.

RALPH C. THACKWAY. School, 1944-51; Prefect, 1950-51; Vice-Captain, Higham House; Secretary of the Classical Society; member of Debating Society; Vice-Captain, 1st XI Cricket; 1st XI Football.
Not least among Ralph's, gifts was his willingness to give you a cheerful grin and greeting. He became popular through his prowess in sports and athletics, and reached the position of Vice-Captain of the 1st XI at cricket. In a different sphere Ralph was elected secretary of the newly formed Classical Society. He had very firmly rooted ideas about politics and other subjects but preferred chatting as a friend to arguing as a hostile acquaintance. Nor must we forget his academic knowledge when remembering his amiability.

JACK A. HOPKINS. School, 1943-51; 1st Tennis Team; 1st XI Cricket; 2nd XI Football; member of Gramophone Society and Dramatic Society.
Although primarily a scientist, Jack became known throughout the Sixth Form for his wide interest in music and literature. Indeed, so great was his keenness for these subjects that it was hard to believe he belonged to the Science Department. Jack took an active part in the work of the Dramatic Society. His talent in the realm of sport was not less developed so that he played for the School at tennis, cricket, and football. Though he was never made a Prefect, Jack took an extremely active part in the affairs of the School.

PETER K. WHITING. School, 1944-51; Prefect, 1950-51; member of Dramatic Society and Gramophone Society.
Peter's thirst for knowledge was well known among his friends: everything he came upon from shorthand to wireless, he had a longing to study. Completely unconcerned at the amount of work that would be entailed, he took German up to Advanced Level in two years, and yet somehow found time to do long and regular practice at the piano. His vigorous acting for the Dramatic Society was of a very high standard. Among Peter's other pursuits and hobbies was a keen interest in photography. Those who worked with him will long remember his flicking his fingers and thumb as he tried to remember some obscure fact.

JOHN R. WILLIAMSON. School, 1948-51; Pretect; Secretary, School Council, 1950-51; School representative, C.E.W.G.; projectionist of Film Society; member of Badminton, Tennis, and TableTennis Teams; Secretary, Inter-School Discussion Group.
John was at Monoux only since 1948 yet he rapidly assumed an active part in many School activities. His northern accent was well known in the Upper School as he tried to rouse our interest in the Council for Education in World Citizenship. And he had reason to advertise it, for he became Secretary to the organisation; in 1950-51 he was Treasurer; then he held the post of Vice-Chairman of the London District Council. As Secretary of the Inter-School Discussion Group, John also worked hard for that organisation. With his knowledge of science he was often called upon to remedy a technical fault in the film projector. The sports he was mainly interested in were badminton, tennis, and table-tennis; he took a prominent part in all three. It is no wonder that he was always busy and it was always a problem to find him when a telephone call came through about the C.E.W.C.

PETER PATTERSON. School, 1944-51; Prefect 1950-51; President of the Gramaphone Society.
It must have proved an arduous task for Peter to prepare illustrated weekly lectures for the Gramaphone Society, for subjects varied from early English madrigals to modern music and the string quartet. Surprisingly enough Peter was able to find time in intervals in his other academic work to spend long hours at the piano and take an active part in athletics, particularly running. He always believed in making a thorough job of everything he did; hence he could often be seen training and shacking round the running track. The Upper School occasionally had a chance to hear his playing the piano; he was also a member of a local amateur string quartet.