William Nicholas Stephen
||My family moved to Kenya after the end of WW II. I had a
month to acclimatise to sub-tropical Kisumu before being
whisked away to POW in the second term of the year. To say
that it was a period of adjustment would be an understatement.
I was called 'Pongo' and was thoroughly miserable for weeks
until I adjusted to the completely new way of life.
The following five years I rate as one of the most
enjoyable periods of my life. Although academically my time at the
School could not
be rated as a raving success, I developed a liking and aptitude for all
sports and managed to
represent the School first teams in hockey, rugby and my first love,
Foremost in my memories of those years was the enormous respect
I developed for
our Headmaster, P. Fletcher, a respect that grew in later years when I
learnt of the
generous assistance he gave to promising school leavers.
I have a vivid memory of walking down from Rhodes to the classrooms on
mornings and seeing the peaks of Mount Kenya almost close enough it
seemed to reach out and
touch, of Cock House dinners, the final Assembly of the term, the train
journeys to and from
Kisumu and later, Kitale. Memories of House dances and in the final year
the Prefects' dance
at "The Boma". By no means least the multitude of friends that
I made over the six
years - friendships that carried over into adult life.
I married in Kenya, to then Dorothy Marsh, sister of one of Kenya's best
sportsman, Jimmy Marsh. My two sons, Mark and Keith were born in Nairobi.
briefly to UK in 1970 and two years later sailed for Australia where we
have lived ever since. Both
of my sons turned out to be very good hockey players representing their
State (Victoria) at senior
and Colts level. The youngest, Keith was a member of the train-on squad
for the national
team and represented Australia on three occasions.
(Registered - 5th December 2003)
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