I first came to Mayfield in November 1955, when I was 13, having just immigrated from South Africa with my family. A strange dark kid in a strange new school. I believe I was the only foreigner in the school at the time and as such became a subject of interest. I joined Class 3X, a three year GCE course, with Mr. Crawley as our Form Master and English teacher. A great guy who made me feel at ease and took a fatherly interest in me. I have now retired and, with more time on my hands, I’m in the process of writing my autobiography. During my researches I found three photos from my time at Mayfield which I would like to add to the site. It may encourage a few of my old class mates to contact me.
Norman and I were good friends at school and both joined the 5th Seven Kings Scouts, which also included Bill Cross and Don Pusey. Norman, Bill and I were also in the Boy Scouts London Gang Show after which I joined the merchant navy and lost touch with Norman for a number of years. I became reunited with him and Bill when I went to a 5th Seven Kings Scout Reunion Dinner some 15 years ago with my brother in-law Don Pusey. We then kept in contact through Facebook and he told me he had the dreaded C in his lungs about two years ago, but was hopeful about treatment. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be. He was too ill to be at last years November Reunion Dinner and sadly past away in June this year.
– John Poole (2012)