1940s at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School

Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School new boys in 1947

When a new batch of “rookie” students arrived at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School they were split alphabetically into three groups called Shells 1, 2 & 3. Don’t ask me why the term shell was used!
The attached photograph is of Shell 2 in, I think, 1947. The teacher at the front was Brian Reading (could be Redding!) and among the pupils I remember are Reg Lawson, Denis Morton, Geoff Meakin, John Marsh, David Gibbons, John Gregory, Danny Owen, Warwick Page, Brian Gaunt and Rex Norman. That’s Rex – the tallest one on the back row – that’s me next but one to him on his left, looking rather bewildered.
Like me, any survivors will now be in their eighties, but it would be great to hear from you.

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  • I am very flattered that Jim even remembers my name from 72 years ago.
    I have very happy memories of Shell 2 and the friends that I made there. Happy hours with Danny O and Geoff Meakin with Mr Pugh at Gymnastics club, learning to throw a pretty fair javelin alongside ‘Ibbo’ Ibbotson.
    It would, as Jim writes, be very nice to be in touch again with any classmates still with us.

    By David Gibbons (11/11/2019)

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