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by John Saunders
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Common Room
Topic: The day we declared war on the prefects
Replies: 7
Views: 7058

Re: The day we declared war on the prefects

A small footnote to this oft-told tale. In 1797 there was a 'great rebellion' of boys at Rugby School which also began with a window being broken... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1797_Rugby_School_Rebellion ... and ended with the army being called in to quell it. Mass floggings followed. Note the ex...
by John Saunders
Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Common Room
Topic: The day we declared war on the prefects
Replies: 7
Views: 7058

Re: The day we declared war on the prefects

Since this series of posts in 2013, the school website has been through various changes, resulting in most of the OW material being removed. This means that several of the links above no longer work. Very annoying! However, I have kept copies of many OW magazines and can reproduce parts of them here...
by John Saunders
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Common Room
Topic: Louis Emile Lesser, RGS master in 1957/58
Replies: 2
Views: 2494

Re: Louis Emile Lesser, RGS master in 1957/58

John

Many thanks for writing this, which confirms my original researches and adds considerably to them.
by John Saunders
Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: Common Room
Topic: Archive of Old OW Newsletters
Replies: 0
Views: 1115

Archive of Old OW Newsletters

All those splendid newsletters that Ian Clark produced as Hon.Sec. of the Old Wycombiensians between about 2001 and 2012 seem to have disappeared from the official school website. This seems a great pity as Ian put so much effort into them and he was rewarded with some really interesting contributio...
by John Saunders
Sun May 07, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Common Room
Topic: 1816: RGS Master Sacked - and Reinstated
Replies: 0
Views: 1403

1816: RGS Master Sacked - and Reinstated

Just over 200 years ago, William Sproston, RGS headmaster, was dismissed by the borough corporation and then subsequently reinstated after taking them to the high court. Further down the page are the full details of the legal case as recorded in the Windsor and Eton Express , 30 June 1816. This matt...
by John Saunders
Sun May 07, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Where Are They Now?
Topic: John Camp (1944-2016)
Replies: 0
Views: 2441

John Camp (1944-2016)

Some very sad news: John Camp died on 17 October 2016, aged 72. He was both a pupil at the school (1954-60) and a master (1967-68), and you can find some biographical information which I have compiled about him in the RGS Masters' list and the School Honours Board list . John, who was a member of th...
by John Saunders
Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Common Room
Topic: Gun Incident at the RGS
Replies: 0
Views: 1346

Gun Incident at the RGS

... and of course I've worded the title to lure you in. Nevertheless, it's perfectly true, though it happened long ago, in 1885... Accident at the Grammar School.—A distressing accident happened last week to a pupil at the Wycombe Grammar School, named Norman Hoather, a son of Mr. W. H. Hoather, man...
by John Saunders
Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Common Room
Topic: 1882 Demolition of the Old School
Replies: 0
Views: 1159

1882 Demolition of the Old School

I came upon this heartfelt letter from an old boy of the school which was published in the South Bucks Free Press, on 9 June 1882: THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL REMAINS AT THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL — LETTER FROM AN OLD PUPIL To the Editor of the “South Bucks Free Press" Sir.—In the year 1857 I had the good fortu...
by John Saunders
Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Common Room
Topic: 1912: the First Old Boys' Dinner
Replies: 0
Views: 1301

1912: the First Old Boys' Dinner

The first Old Wycombiensians' Dinner was held at the Red Lion Hotel in High Wycombe on 17 February 1912. Here is a full report by an anonymous reporter of the South Bucks Standard. OLD WYCOMBIENSIANS. INTERESTING CLUB DINNER. BY AN OLD BOY. The first dinner in connection with the Old Wycombiensians ...
by John Saunders
Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Common Room
Topic: The '149' Mystery
Replies: 13
Views: 10798

Re: The '149' Mystery

From elsewhere on this website ... Thomas Vincent Sheppard (1908-86), "Retired Xmas 1968. Born in 1908 in Ningpo, China, where his father was a Methodist missionary. Came to the UK with his family in 1920. Thought to have been a merchant seaman for some time in the 1920s. Came to the RGS from t...