.. SAY CHEESE, PLEASE ' Panoramas listed lower down.
Is it vanity to have a framed photograph showing 600 stalwart lads arranged in order behind their mates, and to be able to point out "little Herbert" to admiring relations? Few realise how long it takes to obtain this effect. In our school it took a full hour, and by then smiles were becoming noticeably strained.
We left our form-room to see a precariously-balanced arrangement of chairs, benches and tables forming a series of platforms. The top row was already occupied when we clambered up, feeling the bench sway beneath us.
After half an hour everyone was in position except one small first-former. At last this minor obstacle was overcome. thanks to the tact of the camera-man.
The camera was wound, and the apparatus swung round, covering each of us in turn. Just as it stopped I swayed and clutched the next boy, who in turn caught his neighbour, until a whole row was over-balancing. However, with a superhuman effort we clambered down safely, hoping that vanity was satisfied for another three years. P. G. Uprox (3e) (WGS Magazine Autumn 1962)
The Missing Years....
I was most disappointed to see from the Panoramas that my 'service' between 1943 and 1946 June was not recorded. I was (then) Richard Arthur Cooper and I lived in Irchester . I had been an evacuee to Rushden from London but my mother came down and bought a bungalow in Wollaston Rd. Irchester and I went to Irchester Junior School. I still have my Form Prize of a book from Form IIIb in June '46. Whether I could be included in Memorable Old Boys I am not sure . I am listed in Debretts People of Today and am happy to post you a copy of my entry if you would let me have an address. I'm the President of the Royal Artillery Assn in Eastbourne and served on the City of London Council inter alia.I retired as Head of Human Resources at Deuutsche Bank Capital Markets. in 1990. I hope to hear from you Best regards Richard Austin-Cooper.
Rumour: Someone appeared twice on the same panorama.
This rumour is repeated by boys for different panoramas: Two of which are described below.
One rumour scotched: Perce Long insists that he slipped and didn't attempt to appear twice in the 1955 Panorama:
Back Row: Seamark & Ian (Jock) Reid
Middle Row: Richard/Robert? Deacon, Perce Long (disappearing downwards) & Trevor Clarke
Front Row: David Ozier, Jim Cockerill and Graham Hobby
I think it was Fred Astle who had his face on both ends of a panoramic picture. It did happen - he received 6 of the best for it. I will check my panoramic picture to see if it's on that one. James William Tomkins 1958-
(I haven't found it!! Webmaster)
Panoramas Available: Keys % Named Form Photos Unidentified
1930 Panorama 1930 Panorama Key Actually a normal photograph, I have removed the excess.
1933 Panorama 1933 Panorama Key
1936 Panorama 1936 Panorama Key 51% Named: A good start
1937 3A Photograph
1938 Panorama 1938 Panorama Key 43% Named: A good start by two boys from that year.
1940 Panorama 1940 Panorama Key 11% Named: Sadly, just 39 names.
1940 2A Form An Autumn 1940 photo
Sadly, there was no panorama between 1940 & 46. If you have a photo of any of the boys please send a copy.
My years 1941-1945 missed out on photos unless we stayed on for HSC (Higher Certficate). Even my cousin John Hanger who started in September 1940 and left in July 1946 missed out. My group, born in 1930 would have been in their second year of HSC in the sixth form in September 1946 and only a few stayed on. Most of my friends came from state schools in Rushden or were evacuees, (who by then were back in London). Alan Bonham (1941-1945)
1946 Panorama 1946 Panoramic Key 98% Named: 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Unidentified Staff
1949 Panorama 1949 Panoramic Key 99% Named: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Unidentified
1952 Panorama 1952 Panoramic Key 99% Named: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th&5th 6th Unidentified
1955 Panorama 1955 Panoramic Key 98% Named: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th&5th 6th Unidentified
1958 Panorama 1958 Panoramic Key 99% Named: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th&5th 6th Unidentified
1962 Panorama 1962 Panoramic Key 96% Named: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Unidentified Staff
1965 Panorama 1965 Panoramic Key 87% Named: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Unidentified Staff
1968 Panorama 1968 Panoramic Key 92% Named: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Unidentified Staff
1971 Panorama 1971 Panoramic Key 97% Named: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Unidentified Staff
1974 Panorama 1974 Panoramic Key 99% Named: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Unidentified Staff
Detail including Form Lists
1940 Panorama Key for 1940 Panorama
|Form Lists||Second||Third||Fourth||Fifth & Sixth||Teachers|
1946 Panorama Key for 1946 Panorama
|Forms Lists||Second||Third||Fourth||Fifth||Sixth||Older Boys 46|
Can you identify Johnny Hyde, Richard Knight, Colin McCall and Sid Brown as boys - all future masters?
Keith Gennis told me that when the photo' was taken during the summer term it did not turn out and he with others had to go back to the WGS in the Autumn term, after he had left . This accounts for so many 'boys' being in something other than the usual black jacket. ... Keith Tompkins repeated this and added that: the large smattering of sports jackets instead of all blazers is because clothes were still rationed at this time and the clothing coupons would not run to both blazer and mufti so we got special dispensation to wear mufti in school.
1949 Panorama Key for 1949 Panorama VIA Science (1949- 1950)
|Form Photos||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th & 6th||Unidentified|
|Form Lists||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th & 6th||Teachers|
1952 Panorama Key for 1952 Panorama see also the following site: www.wgs1952.org.uk
|1st||2nd||3rd||4th & 5th||VIth||Unidentified|
1955 Panorama Key for 1955 Panorama Form Lists to be added
|Form Photos||1st||2nd||3rd||4th & 5th||6th|
|1955 Entry Year||3B's Autographs||Unidentified|
1958 Panorama Key for 1958 Panorama
|Form Photos||1st||2nd||3rd||4th & 5th||6th||Teachers|
5th and L.VI forms in 1959
1962 Panorama Key for 1962 Panorama
|Form Photos||1st Form||2nd Form||3rd Form||4th & 5th||6th Form||Staff||Unidentified|
1965 Panorama Key for 1965 Panorama
1968 Panorama Key for 1968 Panorama
1971 Panorama Key for 1971 Panorama
1974 Panorama Key for 1974 Panorama
See: Teachers in Panoramas
site, this contains lots of interesting information, particularly
relevant for the later years