||Sept 1939 to Dec 1945|
Being evacuated to the Lake Hotel, Naivasha in 1940.
I must be one of the oldest living OC Alumni. I went to the PoW in Sept 1939 at the age of eleven. I was by far the
youngest kid who ever went to the school at that time. I was two years younger than the average age in my class.
I was there when the Italians came into the war in 1940, and all the boarders were evacuated to the Lake Hotel in
Naivasha. We also missed a whole term of school, which we did not mind too much.
Anyhow, reading the Teachers Nicknames page, I saw that you had a nice piece on Teddy Boase. He was a teacher at the
school in Naivasha in 1940-41, but did not come back to Nairobi when the school returned to its home. What I do remember
most about him was his particularly fine rendition of " On Ilkley Moor bar t'at " at sing-songs that we used to have on
Saturday nights. (In an authentic Yorkshire accent, of course.) Also, we used to call W.N. Cheadle ‘Willy’, not ‘Wishy
Washy’. He was Clive Housemaster at the time that I was House Captain, so I got to know him quite well. He was basically
a very decent man and a very good English teacher. He hated to hear the language mangled, and his face would screw up in
pain when he heard it.
In 1943-1944, we had a geography teacher whose name was V. Hatfield. ‘V’ for Viddler. He came from South Africa, and he
had a Packard car which we all admired. His nickname was ‘Shag’, as he had a very shaggy sports coat, the pockets of which
were stuffed with pipes and tobacco. When he found out that my name was also Hatfield, he said to me. "When you grow up
and people learn that your name is Hatfield, they are going to ask you if you are related to the famous geography teacher.
You are going to say "No. But I was taught by him." So for all this reflected glory, it will be your job to see that the
blackboard is cleaned every time for my lessons."
Since leaving School:
In the army (Kenya Regimentt)
University College London
College of Aeronautics, Cranfield
Have worked in Uganda (Uganda Electricity Board), Canada, and since 1959, the USA.
I live in Lexington, Massachusetts, USA.
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