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More Faces Of Sixties George Abbot School Pupils To Identify

Published on: 28 Feb, 2016
Updated on: 28 Feb, 2016

The organisers of a reunion of former George Abbot School pupils who attended in the mid-1960s have release more images of those they would like to hear from.

Our previous story noted that the reunion is planned for Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11.

There will be a tour of the school on the Friday from 1.45pm, and on the Saturday there is a get together from 1pm at Guildford Rugby Club at Broadwater.

Familes of those who attended will also be welcome along with any former teachers.

Have a look at the images below, see if you can add any names or perhaps your recognise yourself. Click on the images to enlarge in a new window.

Send details of anyone recognised (and for more information about the get together) to any members of the organising committee whose details are listed on the poster at the foot of this story.















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  1. Sue Shingler Reply

    February 29, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Number 488 on the 1962 photos is me Susan Mason.

    I returned to George Abbot in 1978 as head of domestic science.

    • Jenny Whatley Reply

      March 2, 2016 at 9:17 am

      Many thanks Sue.

      Can you tell me if the school was co-educational when you returned in 1978?

      • Sue Shingler Reply

        March 9, 2016 at 4:41 pm

        Yes, but not long I seem to remember.

        Wilf Rhodes was head of Raynham and Betty Sears was head of Elmslie.

        The boys were only in their first year of taking domestic science in the fourth form as an option.

        I remember too that photo 489 is Joan Mash.

        • Jenny Whatley Reply

          March 18, 2016 at 8:06 am

          Thanks for the info and for the extra name.

    • Paul Robinson Reply

      December 28, 2019 at 3:56 pm

      Sue, Are you making a list?

  2. Vanessa Renney Reply

    February 29, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Boys photo No. 110 is Ron (Jacko) Jackson

    • Jenny Whatley Reply

      March 2, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Many thanks Vanaessa

  3. Sheila Atkinson Reply

    March 1, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    I have had another look and identified Douglas Antony Moulton-Barratt on page 8, he is No.668.

    I will check this out but I may be able to name two of the cooks on page 7.

    And I am sure 601 is Stephen Pearne.

    Spud Murphy is Terry Murphy. They were both in my class I left in 1961. I think 418 is Mr Greenwood and 418 on the girls photo is Susan Slatter (or Slater).

    • Jenny Whatley Reply

      March 2, 2016 at 9:42 am

      Thanks so much for all the names Sheila. Look forward to hearing from you again.

    • Annie Bassey Reply

      May 4, 2016 at 10:42 pm

      No 678 is my mother Eunice Rickard who was cook for a couple of years at George Abbot. She’ll be celebrating her 97th birthday next week!

  4. Peter and Val Harfleet Reply

    March 2, 2016 at 1:49 am

    Boys photo number 356: Peter Harfleet, 530 David Shoesmith, 360 Barry Snaith?, 362 John Lyness, 372 Philip Brabon? 367 Peter Wall?, 534 Brian Earl, 506 Mr Woodcock (metalwork), 622 Colin Hill, 623 Michael Hobden, 624 Robert Jones, 678 Eunice(dinner lady).

    Girls: 616 Christine Wood, 166 Anne Parish?

    • Jenny Whatley Reply

      March 4, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      Many thanks Peter and Val – I am gradually filling all the gaps!

  5. Sheila Atkinson Reply

    March 2, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    On the girls photo page7 No 625 is Mrs. Payne, 626 Mrs. Mead (Head cook) and 629 Mrs. Brown (my Aunt) they were all kitchen staff. I think 631 could be Peggy Jackson.

    • Jenny Whatley Reply

      March 4, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      Thanks again Sheila.

  6. Mrs. Sheila Atkinson Reply

    March 3, 2016 at 11:27 am

    I went to GA in 1960 when we moved from Pewley. It was co-ed then as the girls school wasn’t finished.

    • Jenny Whatley Reply

      March 4, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      In reply to Sheila Atkinson:

      I was there at that time too and, yes, it was co-ed until 1962 when the girls moved into the newly built Elmslie building. However, it became co-ed again in the 70s but I am not sure of the actual year.

    • Mary Older Reply

      April 16, 2016 at 6:46 pm

      My husband went to Pewley and then on to George Abbot at roughly the same time as you Sheila. His name is James/Jim Older and his friends were Bob Douthwaite, Mike Preston, Roy Vinall, Martin Williamson. He wonders if your maiden name was Brown. He left in 1962. Thanks.

  7. Paul W Birt Reply

    March 3, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Number 169 is Paul W Birt.

    Thank you to my brother for bringing these photos to my attention.

    I went to GA from 1960. I particularly remember some of the teachers, for example Mr Vink who taught us Latin, and James (Jim) Pollard who taught history.

    • Jenny Whatley Reply

      March 4, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      Many thanks Paul.

  8. Vanessa Wells Reply

    March 3, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    I am number 215, Vanessa Farwig.

    How lovely to see some of my ex-school friends.

    I still have the original photo and my grandsons are amazed when looking at it.

    • Jenny Whatley Reply

      March 4, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      In reply to Vanessa Wells:

      Thanks so much Vanessa – very pleased you enjoyed the photos and are sharing happy memories with your grandchildren.

  9. Sandra Keeley (Stevenson) Reply

    March 15, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    It looks like one end of the girls photo may be missing as I can not find me but recognise some of my class mates.

    Looking forward to the reunion

    • Jenny Whatley Reply

      March 18, 2016 at 10:14 am

      Could you be on page 1? If so, the first photo (page 1) was published earlier and is on an different page. See “Our previous story …” in red at top of this page.

      Looking forward to seeing you at the reunion.

  10. Angela Wynne no 716 Reply

    March 19, 2016 at 8:59 am

    122 is not Susan Ward but Sandra Stevenson
    139 Janet Earl
    141 Sally Cannon
    296 Mary Toolley
    295 Barbara Cross
    587 Barbara Wynne
    691 is not Christine but my best friend Lesley Prince
    549 Pam Lemon
    544 Sally Leper
    451 Carol Webster
    No 618 Gordon Wynne

    • Jenny Whatley Reply

      March 21, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      Many thanks, Angela.

  11. G Wheeler Reply

    March 23, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    I think the following are:

    253 Brian Rich
    389 Denis Garland
    395 Michael Swiers
    433 Jonathan Smith
    510 Robin Quelch
    523 Michael Bourke
    698 Joe Quigley

  12. G Wheeler Reply

    March 23, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    One more I think is 510 Robin Quelch

  13. Sandy Hathaway (nee Mills) Reply

    March 25, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    310 is Jackie Wigley
    583 Sandy Mills

    • Jenny Whatley Reply

      March 28, 2016 at 6:54 pm

      I would like to thank Sandy Hathaway very much.

  14. Ron Comerford Reply

    March 30, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    71 is ? Howard
    73 is Michael Edwards
    160 is Reginald Gutteridge
    161 is Christopher Shaw
    257 is ? Walker
    258 Comerford has one m
    259 is Christopher Barnes
    329 is my brother, Kenneth Comerford
    432 is Michael O’Sullevan
    433 is Jonathan Smith
    671 is Danny Cattel
    672 is Roger Wakeling
    673 is David Grant

  15. Ron Comerford Reply

    March 30, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    256 is Terry Rose

  16. Reg Nettleton Reply

    April 5, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Reg Nettleton is at 123 (me)

    Dave Grant 673
    Chris Barnes 259
    Alan Thomas 257
    Phil Gutteridge 160
    Robert Burrows 340
    Chris Hunt 164
    Dave Hamnet 113

  17. Reg Nettleton Reply

    April 5, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Des Pike tells me he is at 201 although I do not recognise him even though we have been friends since George Abbot and meet regularly along with several other GA mates.

  18. Reg Nettleton Reply

    April 6, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Gerry Butcher at 72

    Andy Howard at 71

  19. John E Howard Reply

    April 13, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    I was at George Abbott between 1961 and 1968 and would like to hear about the reunion and from anyone that may remember me.

    • Jenny Whatley Reply

      April 15, 2016 at 5:58 pm

      Hello John. Please contact one of the committee members listed on the flyer, which is at the bottom of the girls’ photos. We would very much like to see you at the reunion and thank you for identifying yourself as 495. I will add your name to the photo.

  20. John E Howard Reply

    April 14, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    I am 495 but I do not recognise anyone apart from teachers.

  21. Gerald S. Stewart Reply

    April 25, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Really, 54 years already!

    Page ,7 upper right – Gerald Stewart (Ges)

    Page 7, 557 – Richard Stewart (Dick)

    Great initiative, keep it up.

  22. Ron Comerford Reply

    April 29, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Correction to my earlier ID of Michael O’Sullivan, he is 426 not 432.

    711 is Derek Brewser.

  23. Alan Hart Reply

    May 10, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    621 is Alan Harvey and 287 is Roger Gardner.

  24. Kitty Howard (Gibb) Reply

    May 28, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Page 2
    (No. 92) is me, Kathleen Gibb (Kitty)
    No. 94 Mary Mitchell I think?
    No. 86 Janet Disley?

    Page 3
    No. 216 Gloria Lucas?
    No. 204 Francis Kidder?

    Looking forward to re-union very much. Thanks for all your hard work.

    • Jenny Whatley Reply

      June 1, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks for all the names Kitty. We look forward to seeing you at the reunion.

  25. Felicity Wood Reply

    May 31, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Page 7 girls, Felicity Spooner – not Jennifer Smith next to 565.

    I left Guildford in 1968 and moved to Hampshire.

    • Jenny Whatley Reply

      June 1, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      Thanks for the correction Felicity.

  26. Alvina Gould Reply

    June 2, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    70, Hilary Durrant
    161 Maisie Page
    162 Janice (Burton?)
    167 Yvonne Kaile
    635 Pat Parsons
    636 Margaret Fawcett
    640 Alvina Andrews ….. (me)
    644 Joanna Brookman
    703 Penny Salter/Daborn. (Mother re-married).
    722 Yvonne Inkpen

  27. Beryl Monk (Fogg) Reply

    June 7, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Page 7

    555 (top left) is Beryl Fogg, correct.

    Page 6

    471 (top right) is also Beryl Fogg not Gillian ???

  28. Ron Keene Reply

    July 11, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    I have the boys’ long photo for July 1963.
    If you have not got it I can send it.
    Also I would be interested to find out who named me on the 62 photo.

    • Ron Keene Reply

      July 16, 2016 at 5:09 pm

      Sorry not 63 but 65. Poor eye sight with age.

  29. Kitty Howard (Gibb) Reply

    July 12, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Sadly I became unwell and was unable to attend the reunion.

    A huge disappointment as I had not visited the school since leaving in 1963.

    I did telephone George Abbot School to tender apologies and to wish everyone a wonderful time at the reunion.

    Is it at all possible to find out more and might there be some photographs of the event? Thank you.

    [Ed: click here for our story about the reunion. Also contact the organisers of it for more details. See original story].

  30. Sue Roome Reply

    September 1, 2016 at 9:48 am

    I was at George Abbott from 1963-1970 and would like to keep in contact with anybody who remembers me.
    Sue Roome (nee Plowman).

  31. Pauline Ellis (nee Ames) Reply

    September 1, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    FAO Jenny

    I am Pauline Ames in the photo of 1962, between no. 120 and Susan Ward. If anyone recognises me, I would love to hear from them.

    • Jenny Whatley Reply

      September 4, 2016 at 5:24 pm

      Thank you Pauline. I have noticed that the spelling of your maiden name was incorrect on the photo so I will update it and keep in contact with you regarding future events. I am currently updating all the photos with additional names received at, and following, the June reunion.

  32. Richard Botting Reply

    September 1, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    I have a print of this photo.

    Correction. It is Richard not Robert Botting.

    I’ll see if I can fill in some blanks.

    • Richard Botting Reply

      September 1, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      Fred Clode should be there somewhere but I am not sure of his face after all this time.

      • Doug Nye Reply

        March 13, 2018 at 10:10 pm

        No 602 is Colin ‘Fred’ Clode, I believe.

  33. Alan Hulme Reply

    September 2, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    I believe I can put names to the following:

    435 Peter Heater
    520 Bob Todd
    521 Jim Briscoe
    352 Steven Bacon

  34. Alan Hulme Reply

    September 5, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    No 68 on page 1 is my brother Stuart Hulme (Humbolt).

  35. John Chuter Reply

    October 1, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    I went to GA from September 1962 to 1969. It would be amazing if anyone had a photo from then to see myself and friends.

    I recognise a lot of the teachers in this 1962 picture
    Mr Harding was my form teacher when I went there at 11yrs

    I see Alan Hulme has left a couple of messages. He was in my form.

    • Jenny Whatley Reply

      October 28, 2016 at 3:33 pm

      The school photos have recently been updated and are to be be published shortly.

      They will also include photos taken in 1965, from which you may be able to identify yourself and friends.

      We look forward to hearing from you again.

  36. Peter Thompson Reply

    October 20, 2016 at 6:14 am

    For the last 45 years I have lived on the Canadian West Coast. I was fortunate in 1986 to be in the UK when there was a previous reunion. I’m sorry I missed this last one.
    I am 587 Peter Thompson
    609 is Chris Holt He also ended up in British Columbia.
    610 is David Mulligan
    589 is Roger Moon
    696 is Terry Jackson
    700 is Ian Clements
    693 is Robert Blake
    692 is John Seymour
    691 is Stanley Brabon
    694 is John Adams
    408 is Breffny Dunkley
    608 is John Durey

  37. Steve Hollands Reply

    November 20, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    I was at George Abbot from September 1962 to July 1968 and, like many, have a copy of the 1962 boys’ roll call and one from 1966, I think.

    I was in 1B to start with, having Mr Green as form master and shuffled through the pack as we all did ending up in 5T1.

    I would love to contact anyone who may remember me.

  38. Nigel Grist (aka Bombhead) Reply

    February 26, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    My brother Simon and I attended George Abbot between 1968 and 1972.

    E.G.Raynham (nicknamed “The Gut”) was the head and Mr Rose the deputy, who administered all punishments.

    I remember Mr Van den Toorn who was so theatrical and kept us all entertained during assembly. There was plenty of tomfoolery going on at this time, despite a very tough disciplinary regime. Maybe I’ll expand on that another time.

    Many of the teachers were less popular – namely Mr Crocombe, Mr Cronin and who remembers the eccentric Mr Shinn (PE), whose punishment was to kick a wet leather football at the bare legs of misbehaving boys.

    There were some very nice teachers as well – Mr and Mrs Barter (art) who drove identical red sports cars, Miss Marx (French),who often gave me a lift home in her sports car, Mr Norrington (maths and cricket) – he was an Aussie, and not forgetting Mr Wallis (maths).

    This period was when skinheads were in vogue, and many of my classmates would be described as such. I remember some as follows: Maurice Greaves Herd, Ross Lovelock and Chris Sandal.

    Some of my other classmates included: Garry Wilkes, Bob Slot, Bonar Hayak, Robin Blake, Tony Buckman (aka Peach Blossom until he came back from the Army) and Steve Gee.

  39. Juliet Miller Hills Reply

    April 20, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    This is my fourth posting in two days since I discovered the photo!

    I was the leading singer in the school production of Nothing But the High Notes in spring 1965 under John Webber and Mrs Underwood.

    I sang in the posh choir where I learned choral singing and kept my voice in shape for the performance. I think Roger Moon and I went to Guildford Park together for my first date.

    Sorry I couldn’t get there from America in 2015, but I did take my son back to the school when my former colleague from Winston Churchill School was the head (Stuart R. Davies) – that would have been 20 years ago or so. He is 34 now.

    I would like to stay in touch with anyone who remembers me.

    I remember Marilyn Bran, Libby Payne, Helen Rowe, Marilyn Bolton, Lois Binder, and am still in touch with Barbara Allen who now lives in Bavaria. I stayed with her a few years ago. Never saw any of the others anywhere.

  40. Juliet Miller Hills Reply

    April 20, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    What happened to Pru Pennicate, whose dad had a newspaper? And the girl whose father showed us around the Houses of Parliament?

    [Ed: presumably you mean Jack Penycate, a former editor of the Surrey Advertiser.]

  41. Brian Salter Reply

    May 15, 2017 at 12:02 am

    476 is John Atherton and in girls photo 207 is my sister Denise Salter.

  42. Jenny Whatley Reply

    July 22, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Thank you for the names and sorry about this very late response but I have just noticed that someone has named 206 as possibly being your sister Denise (see above).

    I should be grateful if you could confirm that you did mean 207 rather than 206. If so, I can delete the incorrect name. The other name provider could of course have meant 207 rather than 206 but I have no way of contacting her/him.

  43. Peter Cole Reply

    July 21, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    I just came across this article. I (Peter Cole) am number 92. Sorry, I cannot now identify any others.

    Initially, I became a maths teacher and went to Australia for two years in 1973. Ended up staying, eventually changing my career to IT.

    Now retired but visit family in the UK every two to four years.

    • Jenny Whatley Reply

      July 24, 2018 at 6:09 pm

      Thank you for providing your name Peter. There is a more recent story which shows photos for 1965 in addition to 1962. If you search ‘Jenny Whatley’ you will find it, together with my email address if you should find any more names for me.

  44. J E Davey Reply

    July 21, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    I have also just come across this article. I (James Davey) am number 487, and number 486 is David Bennett. He used to publish a class magazine with Graham or Keith Dinnage (can”t remember which) called “The Din-Ben Gazette”. It was all hand written and illustrated so there was only one copy which was passed round the class. I have an idea that Dave became a journalist.

    Also Number 637 is my younger brother Richard.

  45. Jenny Whatley Reply

    July 24, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Thank you for providing me with more names. I have sent you an email with a link to a more recent story, which has photos already updated with your name.

  46. Shirley Cotton (Hayward) Reply

    October 9, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Hi Gerald,
    Reminiscing – the years rolled away when I saw the photo. Regards to you and your family.

    • Jenny Whatley Reply

      November 9, 2019 at 7:33 am

      I am so sorry but have only just seen this as there is a newer story, which you can find by searching “Jenny Whatley”. If you can email me, I will make sure your details are entered in our database of old Gabatonians. You will then automatically receive news of any future reunions.

    • Gerald Stewart Reply

      August 24, 2020 at 2:12 pm

      Hello Shirley, I hope I remember correctly.

      If I am right we last meet at the Farnham bus station.

      Sure would be good to talk.

  47. Jenny Russell Reply

    June 11, 2019 at 11:39 am

    My name is Jennifer Russell nee Woods. I was at George Abbot from 1957 till 1963.

    I believe in the boys’ photos, page 4, that 312 is Patrick May and 319 is Colin Peak.

    I have lived in New Zealand for nearly 50 years and have never been to a reunion.

    I do return to the UK every few years and keep in touch with Carol Pope (nee Morris) and Jennifer Bingham (nee Smith). Are there any plans for another reunion for pupils from the 60s?

    • Gary Evans Reply

      September 22, 2019 at 8:53 pm

      Can anyone help me to locate Maurice Greavesherd? It would be much appreciated. we lost touch a few years ago and would love to catch up.
      Thank you.

      • Jenny Whatley Reply

        November 10, 2019 at 5:41 pm

        Sorry, but I have only just seen this. There is a newer story, which you can find by searching “Jenny Whatley”. You will find my email address there and if you can email me, I will pass your details on to other members of our committee to see if we can locate Maurice.

    • Jenny Whatley Reply

      November 10, 2019 at 5:47 pm

      Many thanks for the names and other information. Please see my reply, above the message, regarding future contact. It would be great if you could come to a reunion at some future time although there is nothing planned for the near future.

    • Noreen Todd Reply

      August 10, 2020 at 9:24 am

      Woodsie, is it really you? Noreen Todd, nee Dallison here. Have wanted to find you for so long, and Smithy and Carol. I’m still very much in touch with Frankie. We play Scrabble online daily. Do please get in touch, I’d love to hear all your news. The last time I saw you was about 48 years ago! X

      Editor’s note: This message has been passed by email to Jenny Russell

  48. Andy Kisiel Reply

    April 15, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    I can identify 266 as Ian Marshall, 341 as David Holes, 349 as Robert Ashby, 352 as Stephen Bacon and 353 as me, Andy Kisiel.

  49. Kathy Knuckey Reply

    April 15, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    I am Kathleen Knuckey (nee Welch) in the photo and this is 2020. I was at Pewley and then George Abbot.

    I remember Keith Taylor from the pupils and Mr Rose and Mr Rhodes from the teachers.

    I had a wonderful English teacher but I cannot be sure of her name. I went on to be a French teacher.

    708 was Pamela can’t recall her surname.

    She studied classics at Durham

  50. Graham Clarke Reply

    March 8, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    I can confirm that, as suggested by earlier correspondents, pupil 601 is Stephen Pearne, and 253 is Brian Rich.

  51. Roger Newland Reply

    March 30, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    So many familiar faces but names are elusive. I confirm my identity as No. 428 – Roger Newland.

    • Richard Everitt Reply

      December 4, 2021 at 11:33 am

      212 Richard Everitt (Dick)

  52. Peter Millership Reply

    April 13, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    I am looking for a girl from George Abbot School from 1962.

    We met on a school trip to Guernsey in 1962 and remained pen pals for while, then lost touch.

    I know it’s a long shot after so long. I’ve seen the photos of pupils here and she is on one of the photos, Page 5. Number 419.

    She was called Jennifer Adams.

    I would be grateful if anyone knows where she is now.

  53. Morag Eriksson Reply

    September 27, 2021 at 9:02 am

    I am Morag Hawkes, number 720 in the girls school photo. I have lived in Sweden now for 53 years so it might be difficult to come to the next reunion.

  54. Laurence Howard Reply

    April 6, 2023 at 8:05 pm

    I am number 204 on the 1960 school photo page 2. I remember Richard Morley, Kevin Reed, and my best buddy Ray Wisden who ended up in the SAS and took his own life one bad day. Love you Ray my guy!

  55. Peter R Downes Reply

    October 25, 2023 at 9:38 pm

    Page 5. No.366 Peter Downes.

    Page 7. No.530 David Shoesmith.
    Page 7. No.536 Peter Hoad.
    Page 7. No.537 Gerald Stewart.

    Page 8. No.621 Alan Harvey.
    Page 8. No.622 Colin Hill.
    Page 8. No.624 Robert Jones.

  56. Sandie Hastings Reply

    November 30, 2023 at 5:25 pm

    I think 540 on page 6 is me – Sandra Tompkins as I was then – but I can’t be 100 per cent sure. I started at George Abbot in 1962 and left in 1968. It would be interesting to get any updates on further reunions – I’d love to attend if I can. Although I live near Cambridge now my sisters still live in Guildford.

    Does anyone remember when Prince Philip came to visit the school? I have a vague recollection of his helicopter landing on the school field but nothing else.

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