D. J. WILSON: 1950-58; Deputy School Captain, 1957-8; Prefect, 1956-7; Captain, Higham House; Vice-Chairman, School Council; 1st XI Cricket; Editor, The Monovian; Chief Librarian; Senior Circle; Religious Discussion Group; County Major Award.
Silent on more trivial topics of conversation, "D.J." (as he was known to all) entered with relish and biting humour any discussion that promised serious exercise for his powers of debate and mental capacity; particularly when lesser men dared to venture opinions on politics, punctuation, or T. S. Eliot. Upon life's most serious subject, he was recognised as the Prefects' Room expert-an achievement in itself-for his methods of cadging, cajoling and cudgelling money from his unfortunate fellows as payment for the photographs he produced in large batches with almost monotonous regularity were such as not to have disgraced even the Inland Revenue; but he always gave value for money.
In spite of this passion for money-making, "D.J." was able to spare the time to keep wicket for the First Eleven Cricket after a very successful year as Second Eleven Captain and contrived to make himself easily the most efficient soccer referee in the School. As a prefect and, later, as Deputy School Captain, he scorned to seek popularity and yet attracted it in no small measure. Seeing duties, however unpleasant, as wholly necessary, he carried out all his tasks with skill and was highly respected both by his fellow Prefects and the School. He is shortly to go to St. Andrew's University to read English.
D. J. BALL: 1950-57; Prefect, 1956-7; Mallinson House Captain; 2nd XI Football; Swimming Team; School Council; County Major Award.
Dave was a scientist, and this was reflected in the way in which he approached life in general. He was careful and methodical, and this was the main reason why he was appointed to the responsible, lucrative post of physics laboratory assistant. He was also of a most inventive turn of mind as was shown by the numerous complicated and thoroughly confusing games which he managed to introduce into the otherwise genteel atmosphere of the Prefects' Room.
He was a very keen sportsman, his favourite relaxation being swimming, at which he excelled. In addition he was a skilled model engineer, specialising in small gauge railways, and he would often spend hours planning alterations and improvements to his track.
A quiet, studious, meticulously neat worker, he well deserved the success which came his way in his examinations and it was not. nncxhected when he was offered a place in the Engineering Department of Leeds University, where he will go next October.
P. K. H. BROWN: 1950-57; Prefect, 1956-7; Whittingham House Captain; Captain of Cricket 1957 and Colours; Chess Team and Colours; 2nd XI Football; School Council; Senior Circle; County Major Award.
"Ben" was the quiet giant of the Prefects' Room. He rarely raised his voice but if, as sometimes happened, he was provoked he never argued verbally, he just hurled the first thing that came to hand, be it a book or a fellow prefect. "Ben" running amok was always a most awesome sight. It is believed that he gained this surplus energy from the large quantity of potato crisps which he consumed every day.
His first love is cricket and as those who read the report in the last Monovian will know, he was by far the best all-round cricketer that the School has had for some time. It was not surprising that he won such a large range of representative honours.
Apart from his love of sport, "Ben" was apparently very capable of doing whatever it is they do in the laboratories, for he gamed a County Major Award and a place at Sheffield University where he will study chemical engineering.
M. A. McCoLGAN: 1950-58; Prefect, 1956-58; Higham House Captain; Secretary, School Council; Secretary, Senior Circle; 1st XI Football and Colours; lst XI Cricket, half-colours;
Basketball Captain; 2nd VI Tennis; School Athletics Team; School Chess Team; Reserve State Scholarship.
As can be seen by the above list, "Mac" was a person of remarkably diverse interests. It seemed that no matter where he turned his varied talents, success always came his way. As a prefect he found that he rarely had to resort to punishments; in his opinion the well-timed admonishment delivered forcefully was equally as effective as any number of notings. His organising ability was demonstrated by the zeal with which he pursued his duties as Secretary to the Senior Circle and Football Secretary.
Such was his physique (he stood 6ft. 3ins.) and his natural aptitude for sports that he did well in almost every game in which he took an interest, but I think that it would be accurate to say that football was his true metier.
"Mac" can wield a very skilful pen and readers of recent editions of The Monovian will remember his thoughtful poems. He has a definite flair for languages and this led to his achieving good results in the G.C.E. and being awarded a Reserve State Scholarship.
He is now gaining teaching experience before going up to Reading University to read modern languages.
I. M. PEMBERTON: 1950-57; Prefect, 1957; lst XI Cricket; 2nd XI Football; Librarian.
"Wog" was one of those people you could not but notice for he brought his own inimitable casual approach to everything he did. Whether as prefect or sportsman he always seemed to be taking his time even to the extent of being lethargic at times, and yet inevitably he would complete his task or arrive in the right place with as much alacrity as others who made an outward show of speed. From his approach to Cricket, always his first love, it was readily apparent that he was an admirer of Trevor Bailey, for both his immaculate run-up as a bowler and his splendid coiffeur were closely reminiscent of the Essex all-rounder.
In School he impressed all by his diligence and his devotion to the tasks that confronted him. His hard work as dinner-hour librarian throughout his sixth-form career has had its reward, for he has taken up library work as a career. Presumably he will eventually be in charge of the section for casual readers.
J. H. WILSON: 1950-57; Prefect, 1957; 1st XI Football; lst XI Cricket and half-colours; Senior Circle; Librarian.
"Hen" believed in taking life easily and in letting troubles and joys come to him rather than seeking them out. Nothing, it seemed, could ruffle him or distract him from his path once he had decided upon it and these qualities made him particularly well suited for his favourite hobby, fishing, on which he could yarn for hours. He was possessed of a dry, drawling wit which frequently came into action to punish those who drew too rapid conclusions from his sleepy airs.
On the sports field, however, there was a complete transformation; Rip van Winkle became a steam engine centre-forward, an astute fast-medium bowler and a sound bat.
As a prefect and student "Hen" was diligent without flourish, frequently surprising the savants around him with the wideness of his knowledge and the depth of his thought. It is trite to say that one never heard ill of him, but in this case it is also true, for although the target for many gibes, Henry was well liked by all. He intends to make a career for himself as a Civil Service Executive and there can be no doubt that he will succeed.
J. R. COOKE: 1950-58; Prefect, 1956-8; Morris House Captain; Vice-Captain, Cricket 1957 and half-colours; Captain, 2nd XI Football; Captain of Chess, and Colours; Vice-Captain, School
Basketball team; Editor, The Bulletin; Senior Circle; Chairman, Religious Discussion Group; School Council; County Major Award.
Reg. had an extremely wide range of interests, so wide that even the above list cannot possibly do him justice. He was well read and this, with the wealth of experience gained in his activities outside School, made him a force to be reckoned with in the cut and thrust of the many Prefects' Room arguments, particularly those on religious topics. He was never afraid to criticise if he thought it was warranted; in fact, he once described himself as "an aggressive cynic".
Reg.'s enthusiasm for sport is shown by the variety of games in which he took an active part. He was particularly fond of cricket though it was never certain whether the game itself or the associated liquid refreshment was the main attraction. But there is no doubt that chess was his true sphere of influence. He was the School's acknowledged expert as is shown by the wide variety of representative honours which he gained during his School career.
As a prefect he was extremely efficient (a somewhat rare phenomenon) and he was always willing to volunteer to do the less tasteful but always necessary tasks which are included in the prefect's duties.
Reg. has now joined the ranks of the "city gents" who make the daily pilgrimage to Leadenhall Street. There is no doubt that he will soon make his presence felt in no uncertain manner.