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   Harry Brice


Rev. Harry J. Brice

House: Rhodes
Year: 1955-1960

Boarding school was not my happiest time but I have some very find memories of the time at 'the Patch.' My Autobiography tells of many of the incidents during my time there........

........Four weeks after I arrived at school, my parents and the girls returned to Africa. They came via Nairobi and I was delighted to see them. I was given a day off to meet them at the airport. It was the only day off I got during the entire time I was at the Prince of Wales. Sid Pegrime, a friend of Father’s had an electrical contracting business in Nairobi that is still operational today although Sid passed away long time ago. It was Sid who picked me up from school. While I waited for him near the main school tower, I had my first opportunity to meet with the Headmaster. Mr. Fletcher came over to me, called me by my name and went onto comment about what I had been up on my first few weeks, asking: We have a new photographer do we, Harry?” I was one of four hundred new students, and he knew me by name. I was not the new school photographer; I was just a first year rabble with a brownie box camera around my neck. I was impressed. As the years went by, I came to know him as a great man, who stood up for his students. Finally, Sid Pegrime arrived and we set off for Eastleigh Airport. It was good to see everyone again and pass the afternoon with them. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, I had to go back to school..........

Since leaving Princo, I studied in London before joining the British Merchant Navy for three and a half years. Then I worked in Electronics for the next twenty years. During that time I married Rosemary (Nee Simpkins) from Northamptonshire in England, had two children - Naomi born in 1969 in England and who now works and lives in Nairobi; and Matthew Paul born in Australia in 1970, is married and living in Brisbane, Australia and has recently informed us that we are to be Grandparents.

Work took us to Melbourne, Australia where we remained till 1995. While in Melbourne I returned to Uni (Melbourne Uni Ridley College) where I studied Theology and Christian Counselling. We Pastored three churches in Australia before returning to Kenya in 1995 to teach at the Nairobi Pentecostal Bible College.

In 2003 we moved to the UK to start a book distribution company Cana Publishing (UK) Ltd as the distribution point for a number of Eastern African Publishers who wanted to develop export markets, and that is what I am doing now, while my dear wife works as a teacher.

I would also love to find Graham Doupe and/or his brother Michael. Graham left the PoW in 1960 but Michael left a couple of years before. Then there was David Brooks but who joined the British Army as a boy entrant. Any news on any of them would be greatly appreciated.

(Registered - 22nd Oct 2004)

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