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   Philip Todd


Philip Todd

Nicknames: 'Noddy' or 'Toddy'
(a Dutch friend at school could only pronounce "Toddy" as "Noddy", so Noddy I became)
House: Junior/Hawke
Years: Jan 1962 - Dec 1965

My folks came to East Africa to join the now infamous and ill-fated groundnut scheme in Tanganyika. When this government-run scheme folded, we upped sticks and moved to Nairobi. We stayed there for about 7 years and then moved to Mombasa, where I attended the Mombasa Primary School.

In January 1962 I arrived (as a Junior) at the Prince of Wales School where I stayed for the next 4 years, leaving in December 1965. The 'old man' decided in early 1966 that it was time to go back to the UK - sadly I left behind many great friends, and as the move was made at such short notice I was unable to say my last farewells.

I really enjoyed my time at the PoW and have many fond memories, some of which include:
  • making a successful, if not exhausting climb up Kiliminjaro.
  • treks across to the DoY to support away school matches and to participate in the Inter school swimming galas.
  • early morning swims (house swimming training) - up at some ungodly hour in the morning - the pool looking like a huge sauna bath with the early morning mist hanging over it.
  • games of touch rugger on a Sunday afternoon.
As well as representing Hawke's swimming team (swimming and diving) I was also a member of the school swimming team (springboard diving).

In the UK - after a few false starts - I finally started a career in accountancy. My first role was as a purchase ledger clerk and over the years graduating to financial/management accountant. I joined the Plessey Company in 1972. Plessey were taken over by GEC Marconi which was subsequently taken over by BAE Systems plc.

After 32 years of service I opted for early retirement in December 2005 and became a "free man". My last role was with the BAE division building three nuclear submarines.

I live in Bisley, Surrey with my wonderful wife Linda and we have two grown up children, Iain and Juliette.

Finally, to all those who knew me - "Jambo, habari?"

(Registered - 29th March 2006)

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