1946 Ronald Osborne R.I.P. — 4 Comments

  1. With reference to Ron Osborn’s reminiscing I have almost identical memories to him, we must have been in the same class in 1946. Hi Ron, my memory is like yours, I cannot place your name with a face. When I left junior school (Chadwell Heath) I thought it was the end of a nightmare for me, but when I arrived at Mayfield for my first day the nightmare was there to greet me. Yes it was Miss Pocock, who’s mission in life was to drum an education into me and any other poor unsuspecting pupil who came her way. To be very honest, between her and Mr Ivey, who we all had the greatest respect for, they did manage to give us an education to build a life on despite the war years. Mr. Thatcher gave me my start in industry when he arranged an interview for me as a Apprentice Pattern Maker, what ever that was. I was clueless, but I was offered the job and started four weeks before my 14th birthday. Fifty four years later I retired as a Product Design Engineer with my own company. So the teachers who struggled to give us an education didn’t do a bad job. Thank you Mayfield.
    George Buckle

  2. I was delighted to read your post and get verification that Miss Pocock and Mr. Thatcher were teachers in our time. Can you recall a pupil called Doug Thorogood who, I believe, went on to do scientific research? He was known to actually question Mr. Ivey in science class. Another pupil’s name that comes back to me is Gasgoin, probably because he and I had a punch up in the play ground and I was sent to the Head Master to receive six of the best.
    Ron Osborne

  3. It was great to hear from a member of the war time mob, we managed to grow up in those bad times despite the bombs etc. Like you I remember Doug Thorogood. He managed to blow out the rear of his parents house and was found underneath the table with some considerable damage. I hope his scientific research had better results. We had a lot of boffins in our group. I was hauled up in front of the school for selling pieces of carbide at one penny a piece. Unfortunately, inkwells, toilets and other containers started exploding around the school. I was found out and my ill-gotten gains were confiscated and added to the Red Cross Box by Mr. Hicks.
    George Buckle

  4. Hi Ron
    I was just browsing the internet when I punched in my name and found you on Mayfield Memories. I went to Mayfield but left a couple of years before you in 1944. Remember Mr.Thatcher, I didn’t care for him. I came to Canada in 1957, best move I made. I lived in Chadwell Heath after moving from West Ham during the war. Would love to make contact with you.
    Cheers, Ron Osborne

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