Revised Article – Percy Currey

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“A recent archive finding is that what most OD’s remember as the Cadet Corps armoury was in fact built to house a Sanatorium for the boarders in St. Helen’s House along with a private nurse’s room and living space for two unmarried masters to occupy.
We anticipate Andrew Polkey’s revised article will be of great interest.
As archivist may I seek your thoughts on these findings and perhaps ideas where we could start uncovering more unknown history?”

1947’ers Reunion 2019

We are delighted to report that on Thursday 27th June the 1947’ers met once again for their Annual Reunion and that the venue used on previous occasions, namely the Georgian House Hotel on Ashbourne Road came up with their usual great hospitality.

It is hard to believe but these lads first met way back 72 years ago in September 1947 within the walls of St. Helen’s House in Derby and are all therefore reaching or have already reached their 83rd year. The day kindly dawned a little cloudy but importantly dry and relatively warm, enough to all sit outside in the hotels covered porch partaking of several of the interesting range of their own locally brewed beers or those from Derby itself.

As per usual partaking from an excellent lunch menu it is this unchanging nature of these lifelong friendships, which all began 72 years ago in our beloved alma mater, namely Derby School, long may they continue. Due to another commitment the OD Society’s archivist Barrie Sheard arrived somewhat later and endeavoured to update those interested in the latest happenings with both the OD Society, with Derby Grammar School and of course the shocking vandalism of the 1925 built Parker’s Piece Pavilion. To think this 90-year-old building beloved by hundreds of school boy sports men should now be readily the receiver of modern attack from people who have no concept of Derby’s history or born to be proud Derby citizens!

Report by Russ Jones (1947 Reunion Coordinator) and Barrie Sheard (OD Society Archivist)

Class of 1950 Reunion – March 2019

Class of 1950 reunion held at The Five Lamps on Tuesday 26th March 2019
The run up to this meeting saw the sad deaths of David Owen (January) and Allan Squires (March) and these inevitably cast a bit of a cloud on our meeting. However on the upside, attendance was more buoyant than expected – with fourteen of us making the meeting (That is 13 from the class of 1950 plus Barrie Sheard – our adopted friend and the OD Archivist.)
 
As usual, the meeting was totally informal, but overall we all enjoyed almost 2.5 hours of good conversation accompanied by some excellent food and drink. We received greetings and good wishes from six of our number who were unable to join us: John Bishop; John Dring; Tony Holmes; David Hughes and John Williams. John was due to have a heart operation last week-end so we trust he is now well on the way to recovery. Geoff Neaum was planning to attend, but a neighbour needed an urgent trip to hospital.
We were delighted to welcome Neville back to this meeting since he managed to miss both last year because he was out of the country – he brought an interesting report of his trip down the Mississippi River – and came in his pre-war Austin Seven motor – which caused considerable interest in the car-park! A particular feature of this meeting was the amount of memorabilia that were brought for interest and for inclusion in the OD archives. Barrie was delighted and almost overwhelmed.
 
Please put the date of the next meeting in your diary same time, same place on Tuesday September 17th. Hopefully a goodly number of us will be able to make it this time.

Check your Old School – CCF Memorabilia

After WWII, in the 1950’s and 1960’s, when as a member of the Cadet Corps,  hundreds of us were very proud to wear first the JTC and then the CCF uniform.
There were promotions we could aspire to achieve as a Lance Corporal, Corporal, Sergeant, Sergeant Major or even Company Sergeant Major.
What is not always appreciated is that one could also obtain, what was called
1. Cert A – the badge on one’s sleeve in red;
2. Marksman Badge – the badge of a miniature rifle on one’s sleeve;
3. A small brass drum – denoting you were a member of the JTC or CCF band;
4. Cert T – the badge on one’s sleeve in two shades of khaki.
Sadly, we currently do not have within our archives an actual original Cert T and this short announcement is to inquire if out there some past Old Derbeian, ex Derby School pupil or even a family member may have one to donate and to go into our ever growing archives.
Your help and assistance would certainly be greatly appreciated.

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