Morbid, but...

Share your memories and stories from your days at school, and find out the truth behind the rumours....Remember the teachers and pupils, tell us who you remember and why...

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Post by adlop » Wed Jun 13, 2007 8:40 pm

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Post by wurzel » Thu Jul 19, 2007 8:53 am

Reuben wrote:
cstegerlewis wrote:Funny how spending any time in EJW's domain then was seen as wacky, whereas now I 'happily' :? spend more than that in front of a PC every day, and I am not even a techie.
"Wacky" is certainly one of the kinder words I've heard... :wink:

Shame we didn't all become Bill Gates -style software billionaires, but I guess at least it *was* good training for the modern workforce. Since becoming a professional programmer I've been doing 8-10 hours a day at a PC for the last 10 years, with no end in sight... <sigh>
Was the midi system a pdp8 or 11 ? I know it was a donation from Ciba Geigy and seem to remember that only 10 people could log on or the 11th timed out while trying to enter their password.

And Tim Wright's trojan logon he wrote for the econet system that allowed him to capture a superuser password which he used maliciously and ended up getting suspended

He now manages a web development dept for a large city firm

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Post by cstegerlewis » Thu Jul 19, 2007 9:14 am

wurzel wrote:He now manages a web development dept for a large city firm
And why am I not surprised at that :roll:
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Post by wurzel » Thu Jul 19, 2007 12:12 pm

But he still has waist lenght hair and wears mainly black.

I was his best man last June when he got married (and he was mine 11 years back)

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Post by adlop » Thu Jul 19, 2007 5:13 pm

wurzel wrote:Was the midi system a pdp8 or 11 ? I know it was a donation from Ciba Geigy and seem to remember that only 10 people could log on or the 11th timed out while trying to enter their password.
God that's a good memory.

I remember being very proud when I think i was the (or one of the) first second years to be given a login and then using the access to learn quite a lot of hacking techniques from Henry Kay who showed me the joys of taking over someone else's terminal. I think old EJW was quite disappointed when I gave up computers towards the end of my third form and didn't listen in his then newly revolutionary computer lessons.

10 PRINT "HELLO"
20 GOTO 10

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Post by MB1981 » Fri Jul 20, 2007 11:27 am

Only just seen this thread.

I was in Barnes A when Simon Randall died. He was in the year above me. I'd only been at the school a couple of months when it happened and being young, it was my first real experience of someone I knew dying, even if I hadn't known Simon for very long. It's still something that I think about on occasion.

Because it happened during term time the funeral service was held in the chapel. Just about the whole school turned out.

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Post by michael scuffil » Fri Nov 16, 2007 4:53 pm

jhopgood wrote:With respect to the Morbid topic, I remember getting back to CH after a summer break to be told that one of the master's teenage son's had had an accident going across the asphalt behind Barnes on his bike, and smashing into the fives courts wall.He hit his head but whether it was fatal or not, I cannot recall.
It was Johnny Eagle, the elder son of the Prep B housemaster. He was in Lamb B, and he did die about three weeks later. I think he's buried in Itchingfield churchyard.

The only other boy to die during my time was a new boy in Mid A who was only at the school for about three weeks when he developed (or maybe already had) a serious digestive problem. He died before the term was out. His parents I believe presented a trophy in his memory, for chess. His name I think was Seacombe, or something like that.

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Post by stage crew » Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:09 pm

Having just come across this thread, it reminds me of another unnamed-so-far and un-plaqued pupil who passed away during his time at CH. His name was Clive Martin (known as 'CR'). He died during the summer holidays in 1976 after completing his first year in the 2nd Form in LHA.

Like so many in this forum, it was my first experience of losing a contemporary and, since it happened in the holidays, we got to hear of it at home via a letter from Dickie Dawe our housemaster.

Clive died suddenly from a previously-unknown genetic heart condition. His parents donated a prize to the school in his name - I wonder if it still gets given today?

One slightly macabre story that emerged sometime later in the next term on return to school was that, owing to a previous spate of swopping/chucking mattresses down the fire escape, Clive apparently had used a ballpoint to inscribe a small image of an eyeball (he had noticeably protruding eyes - I think maybe even his nickname was 'eyeball') on his mattress. This was to ensure that he would always get the right mattress back.

Of course, this was unknown to Matron (the fine Mrs Haigh), so a few days/weeks? into the term you can imagine the consternation when a child came upon the ink eyeball when making his bed one morning. Kinda sad and funny all at the same time.

A lovely guy - who knows what the world lost.
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Post by Fjgrogan » Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:13 pm

If Clive had grown up to be anything like his parents he would certainly have been an asset to the world. Both Doreen and Geoffrey were lovely, kind, gentle and humorous people. Doreen, who was my daughter's governor on behalf of the BSB, always stayed in touch, and since they lived not far from us, used to invite us to their home regularly. Sadly neither of them are still alive.
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Post by michael scuffil » Wed May 02, 2012 8:37 pm

I seem to have contributed to this thread four and a half years ago (though I'd forgotten). But I recall that in the booklet called 'Housey', produced by the UFA in the 1940s (I think) -- it's been mentioned on the Forum before -- there is a record of one boy having been killed by lightning on Big Side, and another 'dying of an obscure septic condition of the hand after being hit by a cricket ball' (both in the 1930s, I think, and obviously before the discovery of antibiotics).
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