D. L. W. ASHTON : (1952-60). Prefect 1958-9. School Captain 1959-60. Editor of The Monovian. Chairman School Council Senior Circle. History Society. European Club.
The lot of a School Captain is not the easiest and David applied himself with considerable energy to the efficient carrying-out of his duties. On this account his prefects set a high standard throughout the School; and his own ever-unruffled personality provided a guiding light for the rest of us. His slight stature certainly belied his powers of leadership.
For all his remarkable qualities (including his recitations from W. S. Gilbert's Bab Ballads!) he will probably be remembered most for his skill as a debater - not skill but rather genius. He was endowed with a remarkable combination of felicity of expression and most apt command of language; his knowledge of current affairs was particularly extensive and an argument with David gave no prospect of victory.
In spite of his duties, first as a prefect and then later as School Captain, he managed to attain a very high academic standard, his wide knowledge of English Literature gaining him a place at Pembroke College, Oxford, early in his sixth-form career.
David's devotion to the "Europe-a-Nation" idea led ultimately to the formation of the European Club of which he was a founder member.
His success as Captain of the School and the magnetic effect of his personality will leave an enduring impression at Monoux. In wishing him good luck at Oxford (and beyond) we trust he will make his effect felt in the Union.
D. B. TILLYER : At School 1952-60. Prefect 1958-60. Spivey House Whip 1957-9. School Vice-Captain 1959-60. Vice-Chairman of' the School Council. Secretary and Treasurer of the Senior Circle. Treasurer of the European Club. Dramatic Society. A.S.M. School Scout Troop, Queen's Scout. Chief Editor of The Bulletin. County Major Scholarship.
'Des' gave splendid service as a prefect and earned his popular appointment as School Vice-Captain. His duties were always carried out with efficiency and his eagerness for work and initiative were shown particularly in his organisation of the Tuck Shop on sound business lines. He was a wise disciplinarian and commanded respect among, the boys. He was an idealist who set himself and othcrs a high standard in his devotion to the School. His courage and cnthuSiasm were again in evidence during the Mock Election when he acted as an agent for one of the candidates. 'Des' was a popular figurc in the prefects' Room, and an interesting and lively conversationalist who led the 'Scientists' in their discussions with the'Arts Men'. Yet he had a wide knowledge and a keen appreciation of the cultural life and was particularly interested in music.
J. B. BIRKS: At School 1951-60. Prefect 1958-60. Senior Circle. Religious Discussion Group. Christian Fellowship.
A person of the highest principles, which he followed sincerely yet unobtrusively, John had a respect for authority and discipline. His cap checks at Billet Road will long be recalled as he applied the rules of the School which he knew thoroughly and interpreted sympathetically. In spite of great difficulties in his way he joined the Senior Circle and took a prominent part in debate. His questions at School Council meetings were penetrating, precise, and frequent, to the dismay of the secretary who was given the task of finding the answers. He too carries with him our best wishes as he starts work in a research laboratory of the Southern Electricity Board.
M.G. BATES: At School 1952-60. Prefect 1958-60. School Orchestra. Monoux Jazz Band. Dramatic Society. Senior Circle. Physics Laboratory Assistant. County Major Exhibition.
'Bill', as he was known, was one of the happiest of the Prefects and it is for his good humour and jovial nature that he will be remembered longest. He it is was who frequently removed tension when it arose in discussion. His versatility was truly amazing and it is best revealed in his attitude to music. At one moment he could be improvising on his clarinet with the Monoux Jazz Band and almost in the next be playing the timpani at a rehearsal of the School Orchestra. His skill as an electrician frequently shone as he assisted in dramatic productions, Jazz Band balls, and Rag Concerts. He will be remembered for his skill, too, as a debater and several times he took part in the finals of the Allpass Debating Competition. We wish him success as he continues his studies in his work with the Electricity Board.
J. R. BLOOMFIELD: At School 1952-60. Prefect 1959-60. Captain Second Eleven Football. First Eleven Cricket. School Chess Team. Secretary, Film Society.
John the Prefect was also John the Salesman. Every lunch-time he was to be found helping at the Tuck Shop as he persuaded, urged, and sold. His enthusiasm here was matched only by his enthusiasm for the cinema as an artistic medium. His informed criticism of films made him an excellent choice for appointment as secretary of the Film Society. Essentially a sportsman he played for three years as a member of the Cricket First Eleven and was captain of the Soccer Second Eleven. Apart from the half-colours he won for these activities he obtained further honours for representing the School at chess. He has joined a large London advertising agency and with his ability we may look forward with confidence to a raising of the standard of the posters we see every day on hoardings.
A. M. BROWN: At School 1953-60. Prefect 1959-60. School Orchestra. Chess Club. Open Scholarship in Music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.
Alan was essentially retiring in his character and at times preferred to let others express their opinions. When music, however, was under discussion he had no such hesitation and argued powerfully and convincingly. His knowledge of music commanded respect and his critical opinions were based on what he knew well. He played the organ as often as he had the opportunity and strengthened the School Orchestra with his contribution on stringed instruments. Yet it was as a pianist that he was best known and he has given many of us considerable pleasure in his sensitive rendering of works he admired. He composed, too, much of his own and the works that have come from his pen include not only full-scale orchestral and choral pieces but the music for the Shakespearean songs in Very Tragical Mirth. Some of us believe that he will turn his hand to the composition of a new song for the School but time will reveal whether this is to be. We were highly delighted when we heard that his skill as a musician had been rewarded by the award of an open scholarship in music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where, we understand, he is already practising on the great organ in King's College Chapel.
A. C. EAGLE: At School 1952-60. Prefect 1959-60. Librarian. History Society. County Major Award..
Alan was a studious and retiring person, a steady and dutiful worker. His equitable temperament was often shown in the heated arguments that took place from time to time in the Prefects' Room.
He always stuck to his guns even if they were occasionally spiked. His tenacity and determination were demonstrated too on the sporting field where he made a valuable contribution to the games of the School although he rarely thrust himself into the limelight. He was possessed of a commanding and authoritative bearing and commanded respect throughout the circles in which he moved. His lecture on Catharine the Great will long be remembered by those who heard it at a meeting of the History Society and he himself has left a lasting memorial to himself in the furniture with which he endowed the Prefects' Room. He is now continuing his studies at Hull University, where we hope he will be happy.
B. J. GORMLEY: At School 1953-60. Prefect 1959-60. Captain of Whittingham House. Second Eleven Cricket. Senior Circle.
History Society. County Major Exhibition.
Brian's attitude towards life was always one of faint amusement. Able to see the humorous side of any situation, he always thought life to be, on the whole, a series of rather subtle jokes and unfortunate coincidences. At cricket he played for the Second Eleven-a fact that never ceased to amuse him - and he inspired his house with his training for athletics. He received many disappointments as he applied for entrance to the university and we were the more delighted, therefore, when we heard shortly before the term started at Oxford in October that he had been accepted as a member of St. Catherine's Society. We wish him happiness and success as he reads history there.
T. A. HARRIS: At School 1959-60. History Society. Senior Circle. School Tennis. Open Exhibition in History at Trinity College, Cambridge.
Snug and asleep in his favourite armchair, Terry was usually immune to any crisis that raged about his head. Lethargy seemed his affliction. Surprisingly, he was a very competent tennis playerand was a regular member of the School team for which services he was awarded half-colours. He was an accomplished pianist and beneath the imperturbable exterior lay no mean academic ability. He obtained an open exhibition at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he is sure to find the work enjoyable and the armchairs comfortable.
D. J. HOLM: At School 1953-60. Prefect 1959-60. Senior Circle. Leader, European Club. Dramatic Society. County Major Scholarship.
His ample figure and lively personality marked David out as the Prefects' Room's most prominent extrovert. Argument and controversy were his bread and butter and jam was spread thickly when he regularly pronounced upon his favourite subjects, Germany, the German people, and Goethe. However, in his quieter moments, David was not restricted to his Germanic interests and he displayed considerable political knowledge and acumen. He was a founder member of the European Club and was soon appointed leader of the society. In his last year at the School David ventured forth upon the Monovian boards and excelled himself in the roles of Bottom and Henry the Eighth. It is to be hoped that he continues acting now that he has gone up to university. This he will do shortly as his interest and ability in modern languages have earned him a place at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.
K. HOPSON : At School 1952-60. Prefect 1958-60. School Athletics Captain and colours. Librarian. Sports Editor of The Monovian. School Council. Chief Steward, European Club. Senior Circle. County Major award.
Keith, or 'Hoppy' as he was known to the School, was one of those happy personalities rarely seen without a smile on their faces. He was certainly one of the most cheerful of the members to be found in the Prefects' Room. Possessed of seemingly boundless energy, he must also have been surely one of the busiest. His enthusiasm for everything that he undertook and his naturally happy disposition made him a popular prefect. His sparing use of his noting card earned him respect and in no way diminished his efficiency. Within the School he devoted himself energetically to both sport and work. He trained hard on the field and worked hard in the Prefects' Room. He rarely wasted a moment and seemed to live life to the full. His particular interest lay in the study of economics and when he discussed it, he argued with power from a platform of soundly-held knowledge.
Keith was probably one of the best middle-distance runners that the School has produced. To his tremendous natural ability he added determination and perseverance. He never missed a training session even in the coldest and wettest months. It was most appropriate that he should be appointed School Athletics Captain, a task which he undertook with the same fighting qualities that had ensured his personal success. It was unfortunate that he should be hit by an almost unbelievably long succession of injuries which hindered his success during his last two years here. Few knew of the pain that he suffered as he ran during that period and it testifies to his fighting spirit that he overcame it. We look to him to continue in the field of athletics and thrill us once more with that sprinting finish. As Sports Editor of The Monovian, Keith will be remembered for the longest sports section in memory. (It is not without significance, therefore, that the editors have included the whole of this tribute in this edition.) The Prefects will remember him for his skill in making coffee, his capacity for milk, and his courage. We all wish him success in his career - but then, we know that he will succeed.
C. LAMB: At School 1953-60. Prefect 1959-60. Captain of Higham House. Librarian. First Eleven Football. School Chess
Team. Secretary, History Society. Secretary, Stamp Club. County Major award.
Charlie was an outstanding personality in a Prefect's Room full of colourful personalities. He was held in high esteem by all and respect for him grew as he took on responsibilities as they occurred and carried them through cheerfully and thoroughly. His friendly approach made him popular especially with the Junior School and although he was a firm disciplinarian when it was necessary he always had time to take an interest in those with whom he dealt most severely. With so many duties and responsibilities resting on his willing shoulders it surprised many that he ever found time to study. But as he performed his outside duties so he also applied himself to his work. He himself would readily admit that his academic bent was not particularly strong and yet he worked with enthusiasm, especially in history. We were delighted when he secured a place at the University College of North Staffordshire where he will read history.
His special interest in sport lay in football. He played little himself but his love of the game led him to take. up refereeing. He eventually became an Essex County, qualified referee and often served the School in this capacity m inter-school matches. When he organised the Under 13 Eleven for part of the year they remained unbeaten. His organisation of football teas with their hot drinks and fresh buns will remain his lasting monument at Monoux. When
Charlie has qualified he intends to teach. The warmth of his character and innate sense of efficiency we are sure will enable him to fulfil this ambition.
R. B. MARKS: At School 1952-60. Prefect 1958-60. Captain of Morris House. School Chess Captain and colours. Chief Librarian. School Council. Senior Circle. History Society. Secretary, Dramatic Society. Secretary, Nuclear Disarmament Group. County Major award.
The list of 'Ron's' activities shows that he was always ready to assume responsibility. He performed all his duties conscientiously although he must have found his days too short for everything that he wished to do. Essentially sincere, he commanded respect from those who agreed with his views on disarmament and those who opposed him. He was responsible for directing the Chingford Youth Campaign and for leading the School's group of those who belong to the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. His great love was Shakespeare and an apt quotation was often flung from his lips as he made one of his dramatic entrances or exits. He never claimed. to be a skilled performer on the sports field and yet he played tennis and table tennis with some skill and great enjoyment. Every sunrmer his performances over the longer distances at the sports meeting surprised many, including, I think, himself. His chess; if sometimes erratic, could be brilliant and he served most efficiently as Chess Captain. He has gained a place at Grey College, Durham, where his organising ability will undoubtedly find scope. He will read English there and we wish him success as he carries his bulging files to his university.
B. S. NAIDOO: At School 1953-60. Prefect 1958-60. Senior Circle. County Major Exhibition.
'Nod' may have been an Indian but it was certainly not a bed of nails on which he slept. Punctuality was his speciality. A disciple of Hygeia, his motto was 'cleanliness is next to godliness', and an extremely protestant god it was too with an accent on asceticism. How often we in the Prefects' Room have discussed Nod's god. He argued knowledgeably on religious philosophy and yet spent much of his time dissecting rabbits in the biology laboratory. Nod at the moment is waiting for a place at the university. We know that he will work well as he studies veterinary surgery and that his qualification will be welcomed in South Africa when he returns.
J. E. PALETHORPE: At School 1952-60. Prefect 1958-60. Vice-Captain of Spivey House. School Swimming Captain and colours. Athletics Team and colours. First Eleven Football and colours.Basketball Team. Tennis Team. Badminton Team. Dramatic Society. Senior Circle.
Without doubt, Jon was an outstanding sportsman. He was awarded triple colours and in the pole-vault swung himself over the ten foot mark to gain his place in the Essex team for the inter counties match. He devoted much of his time to playing and training but he was an efficient and effective prefect and earned the respect of the School and the rest of the prefects. The determination and self-discipline that he displayed on the football field he carried over into the academic sphere. He worked hard and thoroughly. His perseverance will bring its own reward as he continues his studies at Loughborough Training College. He takes with him our best wishes for his success
A. PEACOCK (Jnr.): At School 1953-60. Prefect 1960. Senior Circle. Nuclear Disarmament Group. Serious Music Society. Librarian. County Major award.
'Arf' was a picturesque figure, full of colour, whether he was walking to Monoux in protest against the latest fare increases, tinkling on the Prefects' pianoforte, imitating the cuckoo, or meditating on his 'acid radical' contributions to the local paper. He was motivated always by idealism. His extensive knowledge of current affairs was impressive and although he showed a certain natural reserve he could display considerable wit in argument. We shall remember him wherever he marches.
A. E. PEGG: At School 1953-60. Prefect 1959-60. Secretary, School Council. Senior Circle. Chess Club. State Scholarship.
Tony's main task in the Prefects' Room seemed to be to continue his argument with the 'Arts Men' on the suitability of indivisible cricket balls as an analogy to explain the quantum theory. However, he found time to write up School Council minutes, to play chess for Essex and Monoux, and to support avidly Leyton Orient. Besides his shouting from the terraces he was known to take part in 'back-yard' football after school-match teas. In an attempt to keep his weight down he played tennis from time to time but the battle was not always hard-fought. It pleased us all when he was awarded a state scholarship in 1959 and when he secured a place at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he will study natural science.
R. L. A. WRENCH: At School 1953-60. Prefect 1959-60. Captain of Spivey House. Senior Circle. Dramatic Society. County Major Exhibition.
'Rob' was probably best known as an athlete. Although he specialised in track events he carried through an impressive house training programme in field events too. It says much for him that he was able to direct his house so that it was able to produce a powerful team. As a result of his efforts Spivey probably have a greater potential in the lower school than any other house. In his last years, however, at Monoux a less well-known side of Rob's character became apparent. He played an important part in the house debating competition and his contribution improved with his confidence. In his last term he was a great success as Duncan in the evening of Shakespeare known as Very Tragical Mirth. He has left the School for Loughborough Institute of Technology. We wish him success there and hope that he finds the training facilities up to his expectations.