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Can you identify this pupil from 1969?

Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 5:35 pm
by MikeT
This photo was taken at the Mansion House in (I think) 1969 and shows Mike Trubridge receiving his shilling from the Lord Mayor (and trying to locate the Lord Mayor's wife, in front of whom all pupils had to bow). To his right is Chris Ennis, but who is the boy third from the left? Then to the right of the mystery person is Jeremy Usher-Smith. If you can identify the unknown pupil, or anyone else in this photo, please reply. it is possible that the boy almost totally obscured by Mike Trubridge is Dominic Gwynn, while there is an unknown Button Grecian with his back to the camera to the right of Jeremy Usher-Smith.


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Re: Can you identify this pupil from 1969?

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:19 am
by Mid A 15
MikeT wrote:This photo was taken at the Mansion House in (I think) 1969 and shows Mike Trubridge receiving his shilling from the Lord Mayor (and trying to locate the Lord Mayor's wife, in front of whom all pupils had to bow). To his right is Chris Ennis, but who is the boy third from the left? Then to the right of the mystery person is Jeremy Usher-Smith. If you can identify the unknown pupil, or anyone else in this photo, please reply. it is possible that the boy almost totally obscured by Mike Trubridge is Dominic Gwynn, while there is an unknown Button Grecian with his back to the camera to the right of Jeremy Usher-Smith.


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A tentative suggestion is Howard (I think the H was Howard) Pearson.

Re: Can you identify this pupil from 1969?

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 4:29 pm
by MikeT
That's very interesting because I have a feeling that his name was Pearson, although I am not sure about this and I could certainly not remember his first name.
So you may well be right, but it would be good if someone else could confirm this.

Re: Can you identify this pupil from 1969?

Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2016 9:59 am
by dsmg
Ooh it's like an Agatha Christie novel :rolleyes: . Give us a clue, what house were they in as presumably we collected the shilling in our houses.

Re: Can you identify this pupil from 1969?

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:00 pm
by ColeridgeA40
Mike Trubridge is Mid A, or so he posts. Chris Ennis used to be in Mid B, (I played Chess with him in the sicker in 1965 before I left) but people swapped houses a lot in the late 1960's.
So my guess is Middleton. Don't know who the mystery chap is though.

Re: Can you identify this pupil from 1969?

Posted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 8:53 am
by michael scuffil
The Lord Mayor, incidentally, is Sir Charles Trinder, one of the least distinguished holders of the office -- he gets fewer google hits than I do.

Re: Can you identify this pupil from 1969?

Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:37 pm
by MikeT
Actually Mike Trubridge is not Mid A as suggested by ColeridgeA40. I think ColeridgeA40 was looking at the second post in the thread, which is from Mid A 15, and getting confused. Just for the record, I was Peele A. This means that there are probably three different houses represented in this photo - both Dominic Gwyn and Jeremy Usher-Smith were Peele A, Chris Ennis was from Mid B, while Howard Pearson (if indeed it is him) could be from another house. This clearly confirms that we did not collect our shillings in houses, as suggested by dsmg.

Re: Can you identify this pupil from 1969?

Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:04 pm
by jhopgood
If they were in the band, then they would not have collected by houses.

Re: Can you identify this pupil from 1969?

Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 7:33 pm
by michael scuffil
As the amount of largesse varied by status, there must have been some order of collection. I don't think there was someone whispering in the Lord Mayor's ear 'A guinea for this one, a half-crown for this one, a half-guinea for this one' etc. From the precisely two photos I've got of me about to collect money, I'm preceded and followed by people of like status, but not necessarily in the same house.

First partings: one guinea
Second partings: half guinea
Other monitors: half crown
Hoi polloi: shilling

Re: Can you identify this pupil from 1969?

Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:26 pm
by postwarblue
Something's gone wrong with the drill. We were told 'Take with the left, shake with the right, bow to the Lady Mayoress'.

Re: Can you identify this pupil from 1969?

Posted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:36 pm
by Goatherd
A long time after the original post I know, but I think the Button Grecian could well have been John Churchill who was (I think) Senior Grecian at the time.

Re: Can you identify this pupil from 1969?

Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 1:53 pm
by Mid A 15
Sadly Mike Trubridge, the originator of this thread, is shown as 'no longer with us' in the newsletter I received from Gina Skillings today.

I'm shocked having met him again in 2012 at the 40 years on event. At that time he still looked fit enough to be eminently capable of giving a good account of himself as a wing three quarter just as he did for the 1st XV at school.

RIP Mike