My brothers are Ewan - Head of School in 1948; and his twin, Alastair who features in your list
of Old Cambrians. Both also Rhodes.
Memories of School: Well, I think the following says it all: If, on my last day at
the Prince of Wales, a soothsayer had come up to me and said: "Over the next seven years you
will: (a) become a Commissioned Officer in the Territorial Army; (b) play for a rugby club; (c)
start studying to become a qualified Accountant"......I'd have laughed at him - and, I am
positively certain, so also would my teachers (especially Burton and Wigmore) and my
contemporaries............. I have so often wished that they could see me in later years!
Territorial Army (8th/9th Royal Scots and 'A' Company, 52nd Lowland Volunteers) 1964-1972.
After leaving PoW left Kenya for Edinburgh and wasting the years up to 1968 as a
management trainee and floorwalker with a Newsagency/bookstore chain, I started on a career in
Accountancy. After about seven years, which included a 3-year stint with Scottish and Newcastle
Breweries, I joined the Public Sector - 4 years in the NHS in Stirling and the rest of my time
as a Chief Internal Auditor in Local Authorities in Fife (7½ yrs), Dumfries and Galloway (3 yrs)
and Edinburgh (8+ yrs). I took early retirement in April 1998 and, after a 6-month period
freelancing, joined the Scottish Prison Service from which I have also now retired (in June
2003). I live in West Lothian.
Married Helen in 1971 and have 2 children; Gordon (25), an electrician, and Alison (23),
in banking. Gordon has left home and Alison goes at the end of this month (September 2003).
I have no contact with any former PoW pupils, except Henry Dawson, but not for a long time now.
I often wonder if there are any of my generation in my locality. I very recently came
across a local house by the name of "Nyali", but I haven't yet had the courage to knock and ask
how it came by that name.
(Registered - 18th September 2003)
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