Queen Elizabeths Boys School

Back row from the left: Norman Horsley, Ian Blackwell, Albert Roslyn, John Roberts, Brian Gent.

Front row from the left: Bob Angus, David Taylor, Stan Eves, Webster ?, Norman Frith, Les Bresnan. 

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  • In answer to David Marriott’s query about David Taylor’s age, as we were pupils together in the late 40s, he must have been, like me, around 83 years old. The last contact I had with him was in the early 50s when I moved away from the area. I did later hear that he’d gone on to be a teacher at his old school, but my only memory of him was as a 15 or 16 year-old.

    By Jim Marshall (14/09/2019)
  • Went to the best school bar none from 1967-1972 when I left to join the RAF. Remember all those staff, in particular Taylor Horsley and Eves

    By Peter Hall (11/09/2019)
  • I’ve just heard the heartbreaking and sad news that “Dave Taylor passed away this year. Could any one provide myself with any more information please?i.e. How old was he and did he die of natural cause, old age, or by any particular disease? My brother and myself were so close to him. I’m devastated! Any added information would be immensely appreciated. My best regards, David Twin.

    By David Marriott (10/09/2019)
  • Loved my time at this school David Taylor was my form tutor one year. I played hockey for the school I was there from 1963 to 1967 started late as came from Co Durham. Recognise most of the teachers. School dinners were brilliant. Sadly lost touch with all my old friends

    By David Fothergill (07/09/2019)
  • Came across this site by accident and so sad to hear that David Taylor had died. Like me, he was also a student at QEGS around 1947 and we regularly travelled together from our homes in Kirkby to school in Mansfield.
    I wouldn’t say that my days there were my happiest, but I do still have many fond memories of those times.
    Most of my school friends from those days are no longer with us, but I can still recall the names of the teachers and most of my fellow classmates, although I have difficulty in remembering what I had for dinner yesterday!!!!

    By Jim Marshall (23/08/2019)
  • Very sad to hear about Dave Taylor, I was lucky enough to play cricket with him for OEs and Cuckney. I remember being in class one day when Dave came in and commandeered me to roll the Ist X1 wicket, happy days.
    I have fond memories of Bob Roberts, he always used to announce his arrival in a noisy classroom by saying “I’m in the room” although he pronounced room as “rewm”.

    By Graham Bullock (20/07/2019)
  • Sorry to hear Dave Taylor has gone. He taught me German. Where is Terry Taylor now? He was an inspirational science teacher. I recall the pair of them putting on a demonstration of stereo audio, which was pretty new then, and playing recordings of the Goon Show to us.

    By John Chappelow (30/06/2019)
  • David Taylor – a stylish and pugnacious batsman/bowler who lit up many a dull occasion. His long and successful innings came to a close on Monday April 15th 2019.
    His longest partnership – albeit not at the wicket – was with Terry – it lasted 62 years.
    RIP DAT
    8th February 1936 – 15th April 2019.

    By Graham Owens (10/06/2019)
  • Great memories. Great picture. And what a team!!

    It’s a pity the photographer didn’t mention to Les Bresnan that this image would be published on the Internet, available for viewing in perpetuity and that, maybe, he ought to sit up straight…..

    ‘Semper eadem’ and best wishes to all OE’s.

    By Graham Owens (1969-76) (01/03/2019)
  • QEGS.
    Was this the motto:-

    (“Semper Eadem”), which means “always the same”
    1. Has it changed?
    2. Is the school still open today?

    Thanks.

    By Steeve Cee. (08/12/2018)
  • The line up is, back row;Horsley, Blackwell, Roslyn, Roberts, Gent.

    Front row; Bresnyn, Frith, Walker, Eves, Taylor, Angus.

    By Michael McKevitt (12/11/2017)
  • Thank you for posting this image. I attended QEGS 59-67. Brings back great memories. Trum once gave me 1760 lines of one homework for which he gave me 7/10!!! I played first team hockey ( left back) in the 6th form.

    Does anyone know how to get in touch with any remnants of the Old Boys Association? Tried the Academy which regrettably has been a waste of time.

    By John Ashmore (17/10/2017)
  • Norman Frith is alive and well living in Berry Hill. I played football with Stan Eves for the OEs Old Boys for many years between 1979 and the late 80’s. He never missed a penalty and a little known fact is he played European Football when he lived in France!

     

    By Richard Plumbe (30/01/2017)
  • I captained the school cricket team against the staff in 68 or 69. I can’t remember if we won but I do remember setting our best catcher on the square leg boundary in front of the pavilion for Dave Taylor which he fell for and was caught out. Mind you, he had scored a few runs by then! Good to see Stan Eaves in there who coached the first team at football very well. Norman Frith was a top guy as well – made Chemistry interesting which was an achievement. Trump was not so nice and made French a misery! I wonder how many of these teachers are still alive?

    Strange to see the colliery winding gear in the background – we went there to Sherwood Baths for swimming lessons. 

    I loved QEGS and still get back to Mansfield from time to time for the occasional Stags game. 

    Anyone know if the school do any kind of reunions?

    By Jeff Barnes (09/12/2016)
  • I remember playing this lot. Between the two spinners Inky Blackwell and Mr Music Bresnan I’m not sure I put a bat on ball in 3 matches.

    By Rob Webber (06/06/2016)
  • Attended QUEGS 1946/51. Great to see photo of Albert Rosslyn. Albert taught us German. Still picture him standing by a window, chewing his red & green striped tie, one hand hanging on the window opening frame with a big bunch of keys ready to launch if you got either vocabulary or translation wrong. Remember the whole school had a panoramic photo taken about 1947. Any copies around? At QE 1946/1952!

    By Michael Jepson (25/02/2016)
  • I’ve put a photograph on under QEGS showing a younger version of Mr. Horsley.

    By Delboy (11/07/2015)
  • Alan you’re slightly wrong on that – Nag was there when I started in 72, he was gone by maybe 73 or 74 though. Like previous comments many memories brought back by seeing this photo (mostly bad ones unfortunately hated the place)

    By Steve Lydon (09/07/2015)
  • This brought back some memories! I think this was taken earlier than 1974 though – probably around 1970 I think, as both Norman Horsley and Lesley Bresnan had left by 1971.

    By Alan Squires (23/05/2015)
  • Garry, funny to see your comment about a Dave Taylor face slap and about Norman Frith being a nice guy, because ‘Frithy’ once smacked me with a face slap. He was a really great teacher and I’m not complaining, bmber that smack as well as his Physics lessons and the experiments we used to do! (e.g. those old Nuffield ticker-timers for measuring acceleration using wooden cars…).

    On his right is ‘Wild Bill’ Walker, history teacher.

    And I still have my Art book from lessons with Mr Blackwell. It contains such gems as a Stags player volleying the ball into goal for one of the weekly painting homeworks. Can’t throw that away. 

    By Paul Beardsley (08/02/2015)
  • Like many some interesting memories for me…even one or two happy ones! The same - Dave Taylor face slap, Nag’s ruler, Trum scaring us all and some nice blokes, Eves, Frith and Roberts. 65/71

    By Garry Marsh (06/02/2015)
  • “Take me bak ‘ome” as Noddy Holder used to scream! 

    Even though I am pushing sixty now, I can still smell the fresh cut grass, . . .  and the stink of liniment and the rotting heaps of cuttings dumped around the place too. 

    . . .  and 7 pint cans of Mansfield Bitter!

     

    By Peter Roske 66/73 (17/01/2015)
  • Only just found this and it takes me back. I was introduced to Mr Blackwells ear-rubs – Dave Taylors variety of encouragements- Nag Horsley ruler chops – Stan Eves giving me lines – Bert and Norman just scared me into submission. Bob Roberts, top man …never actually cracked me one. BUT… I wouldn’t have gone anywhere else.

    By robert booth - 1964/69 (25/10/2014)
  • I was at Qegs 1964 to 1971 and am sure too that your description of the front row is in reverse order because I recoginise Stan Eves who was my French teacher. I remember Nag too (Norman Horsley).

    By John (11/03/2014)
  • At 57, it’s still one of my greatest achievements that I captained the School First XI to victory over this Staff team in the annual match. I think the photo was probably taken in 1974(?). Thanks for posting!

    By Tom Parr (08/03/2014)
  • OMG nag horsley, coba frith, ally gent and trum, what fantastic memories. Where are they all now. Ian , long time no see but this photo relives all of the memories for me. My cheeks are still stinging from Dave Taylor’s slaps and Nag Horsleys chops with the ruler. Great web site, kind regards

    By Robert smith (08/03/2014)
  • Hi Ian! Good to see this photo after so many years. I agree with Nigel – the front row is back to front. I remember almost all of these teachers – some real legends amongst them! Hope many of you are still around!

    By Alan Jarvis (25/02/2014)
  • Ian, thanks for teaching me art. I remember doing lino block printing and you had this trick of licking the palette knife with printers ink on it. Being waterproof ink you never ate any. Had me fooled for ages before I worked that one out.

    By Pat shore (01/02/2014)
  • Hi Alan, I remember that you were a useful cricketer as well!! Graham Parkin (1956 – 1963)

    By Graham Parkin (11/12/2013)
  • There are one or two really fine cricketers in this photograph. It was a privilege to play with them from time to time. Alan Woodward [1958 – 1965]

    By Alan Woodward (05/12/2013)
  • Thanks for posting this, Ian (I think you taught me art!). This photo brings back some memories! I remember all these teachers from my time at QEGS (1967-1974). I think, however, that you have got the front row back to front as I am sure that Les Bresnen is on the far left rather than far right. By the way, when was this photo taken?

    By Nigel Allison (28/06/2012)
  • The front row names are in reverse order (i.e. they actually read from right to left). If I remember correctly the “?” is history teacher named Walker.

    By Greg Collard (28/06/2012)

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