Those who trained us to be what we are today!

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Tutor

Year

Comments

Miss Hurst D.M 

1947 to xxxx 


Mr Armstrong Alfred J A MBE 

1945 – 1965 

Digger [His Story] [Chronic] [Photo] [Photo] 

Mr Astbury

1958?

Workshop Technology and Production Engineering: Was a retired navy man and was able to back up his teaching with practical applications. I can't quite remember what inter-dendritic corrosion was all about but this little song helped us to remember that "Castings are susceptible to inter-crystalline corrosion when they're dropped upon the foundry floor". We sung this little ditty to the tune of Drorak's Humoresque (Op 101 No7). If the question did come up in the exam I'm sure he would have been impressed by the word-perfect phrasing of us all.

Mr Atkinson L.G. 

1958* to xxxx

City & Guilds Courses 

Mr Bagley J.A. 

1958* to xxxx 

Mechanical Engineering  

Mr Barter L. (Les)

1968 -1972?

Milling Instructor

Mr Beardwood P.N. 

1945? to xxxx 

Electrical Engineering 

Mr Beckford  D. (Doug)

1968? to 1972

Air frame (Sheet metal work A- Shed)

Mr Birch Arthur

1926 to 1947

ginger, Lather and fitting "a trade lad from 1912"

Mr Blunt 'Wing Cdr ' S.C.

1949  to 1953*

Workshop Technology & Chemistry

Mr Bloor F (Frank)

1953 - to xxxx


Took us for Workshop Technology. While in Al he set us an inspection problem which went something like this, while in Al (3rdYr). to detail the inspection procedure. We had struggled rather feebly with the problem back at the hostel with each of our proposals flawed by the others in turn. We concluded it was not possible but surely our master mind would have a solution,


Haggis takes up the story: The problem item was a casting with two HOLES bored through it at right angles to one another, but in different planes so they didn't intersect. The difficulty was that there were quite wide tolerances on the diameters of the bores BUT a very tight tolerance on the distance between their centre lines - a most unlikely requirement, if you think about it, but not one to trouble FB. Checking the bores themselves was no problem. When it came to checking the CL distance, I think we all put mandrels in the bores with precision-ground extensions against which to do the checks, but then the real fun and games started because it was a GAUGING problem. No measuring the distance and checking against the drawing - a Go-NoGo indication was required! I seem to remember my own solution, (the only one to be submitted - Ed), had one mandrel clamped in vertical vee blocks and the other against two dial gauges. I have a vague recollection of some sort of adjusting screw to set one DTI to zero with a Go-NoGo band on the other DTI, but can't quite think how it was supposed to work.


What I can remember is that my submission came back scribbled through in red with no attempt to mark it, and the words, 'Too complicated' scrawled across it. I always felt that FB suffered from an inferiority complex when dealing with us and was always trying to put one over by setting something that was too difficult for


US - well he succeeded With a vengeance that time!    (Thanks for correction to my version Brian - Ed) At the next lesson we asked FB, who still insisted it could be done, to show us how. After five minutes of blustering and becoming more confused and redder in the face, before eventually breaking out in a sweat that needed brow-wiping with handkerchief, he produced his master solution. "We had to support the item on spring-loaded vee blocks"!. None of us had seen or heard of such an invention, so we pressed him further. At this point he exited to the corridor for further brow-wiping before returning and marching us all down to the training shop to see the HOT WIRE AMMETER in action yet again - nothing to do with the lesson of course.


Later, when we were in A2, FB took us for Industrial Administration. Much of this centred around his time in Derby working for Rolls Royce. We sometimes referred to him as 'Rolls' Bloor and I was to meet him again later.


Dick w says.- "To be fair to Frank Bloor, in A3 Ind Admin, he managed to convey the active participation of unions and management and the role of the conciliation committee (was it ACAS in those days?)".




Mr Boulton P.

1948* to xxxx

Pure & Practical Mathematics 

Mr Bridger M. 

1948* to xxxx 

Pure & Practical Mathematics 

Mr Bunch F. 

 xxxx to xxxx

College Librarian 

Mr Busk

1913

Diggers Tutors

Mr Butterworth R.B. 

1958* to xxxx 

Mechanical Engineering 

Mr Cameron 

1947 to xxxx 


Mr Chandler

1960? to 1961?

Deputy Supervisor

Mr Chapman R.M. 

1948* to xxxx 

Metallurgy  

Mr Chave-Jones W 

1953*  to 


Was a dapper little man who taught us Mechanics for a while in S3. I remember his attempt to make the theory of Simple Harmonic Motion clear to us. He failed in that regard and moved on to another college at the end of that year


Mr Clarke T K 

1916

Diggers Tutors

Mr Collins

1960* to 1961*

Turning

Mr Cook l.J. 

1958* to xxxx 

Mechanical Engineering  

Mr Cookson Harry 

1981

PTO Defensive weapons

Mr Cooper G.

1953*  to 1955

Servo-Mechanisms & Electrical Engineering

Mr Court J.M.A.

1944 to 1948 

Chemistry To Educational Branch RAF 

Mr Crabtree L.F. 

1958* to xxxx

Mechanical Engineering  

Mr Davidge  E. 

1945 to xxxx


Mr Davies D.E. 

1958* to xxxx

Mathematics 

Mr Deadman P (Pete).E. 

1953 to 1956 

Mechanical Engineering   & Draughtsman (Engineering Drawing), was one of the younger members of staff and taught some Workshop Technology (using the Chapman textbook) and also took some of us for Engineering Drawing,

Mr Dean J. (John) P 

1953  to 1955*

Electronics & Electrical Engineering: Was an exceptionally good teacher explaining everything most clearly. He owned a battered old Ford 8 in the early days of S3. In our final year, he and his technician Alan Calver manufactured the Jason FM Tuner from kits and sold them to students at very competitive prices.

Mr Dickinson C. F.

1960* to June 1961

Chief Instructor

Mr Downs G.W.J. 

1958* to xxxx

City & Guilds Courses

Mr Draper J 

1958* to xxxx

Mathematics

Mr Dunn 

1953*  to 

Aircraft Structures (Degree group)

Mr Ellis F L (Bunny?)

1953*  to 1961

Technical Drawing was a rather hairy man with a substantial moustache; He took our Drawing lessons in the classroom in the South wing second floor. We drew 'stuffing boxes' as well as locus diagrams for cams operating followers with uniform acceleration, SHM etc, even some with their tappets offset! Mr Ellis had a very deep voice, totally lacking expression and enthusiasm. Johnny Appleford recalls "His fingers were so hairy that I had the greatest difficulty in suppressing a laugh every time he put his hand on my drawing board. Mick Scott and I caused him some grief on several occasions by whistling sotto voce, taking it in turns to deny guilt/take over, as appropriate.

Mr Evans Brian.W. V. 

1946 -1958+

Mechanical Engineering  & Thermodynamics: Came to the College after a year working in Montreal for Canadair. He was a breath of fresh air after Mr Ludlam who had retired after S3 with us. Brian surprised us all by attending Prize Distribution in his green lounge suit much to the annoyance of the Principal who saw this as the opportunity to present his staff resplendent in their full university gowns. Brian, affectionately known to us as 'Evans the Heat', was regarded by most of us with great respect for the effectiveness of his teaching and approachable manner. The heat engines laboratory was in the basement below the classroom and we carried out tests using the Ricardo engine to determine the effect of compression ratio, mixture strength and ignition timing on efficiency, power and fuel consumption. The motorcyclists among us had a vested interest in learning about this. An Austin A50 engine was fitted with a Froude brake for us to determine BHP, fuel consumption and the like and we could use the Orsat apparatus to analyse the exhaust gases. 

Mr Ferguson (Norrie )

1965 - 1972?

Apprentice Supervisor

Mr Foley J.

1958* to xxxx 

Mechanical Engineering  

Mr Foulstone S. (Sid)

1960* to 1961*

Sheet Metal

Mr Freeman

1946 to xxxx 


Mr Frizzell

1968? to 1972?


Mr Foster N. (Norman)

1968? to 1972?


Mr Garnell P. 

1958* to xxxx 

Mechanical Engineering  

Mr Gerb 'Dr. '

1946 to xxxx 


Mr Gunn Ben J.F.

1922 - 1944

Senior Master Apprentice School 5th January 1970 Passed away at his home in Eltham

Mr Haile A.V. (Nick) 

1945 to 1980


Attempted to teach us Aerodynamics. Most of us could cope with rates of climb and the like at S3 but Ackeret's theory with sources and sinks left most of us in the dark - probably because Nick always had his eyes closed when facing the class. He was particularly keen on cricket however and always discussed the state of play in county and test matches to like minded students in the front row. Brian Thorne recalled our test flight in the college Marathon, doing a measured engine out climb, when the other engine on the side of the one shut down failed. I remember this incident fairly vividly but with some differences. We reported for the flight trial at 1pm as arranged. The plane was on the tarmac but the fourth engine, (the outer port), wouldn't start. After about ten minutes the engine fired up and after the usual smoke settled down running satisfactorily. We were called forward to board the 'crate' - just a shell with all frames and stringers on view. It was my first flight and we were given our observation stations. The weather was awful - driving drizzle and cloud down almost to ground level. As soon as we cleared the runway, we lost sight of ground as we crossed the Fleet Rd, The plane climbed steadily with rivets rattling all around us. Every now and again we descended in pockets of turbulence which we had been told to expect. We took our measurements of temperature, pressure, altitude, engine speed etc. at the appointed times. I seem to remember that we were scheduled to climb to about 8,000 ft. After about ten minutes or so I called out to those around me that the rev counter I was facing must be faulty as it was winding back to zero. A moment later on looking out of the window I could see the nearside port engine prop coming to rest - remember this was not the faulty one on take-off. There was some excited talk over the intercom and Nick Haile quickly came down the gangway and pulled out the plugs to prevent us from hearing the talk back to base. We all remained calm while the plane banked and returned to base without further alarms but leaving us with an incomplete set of flight data. Hurrah for Decca navigation  Passed away 23rd September 2012


Mr Ham 'Erfy' 

1947 - 1949

Drawing/Drafting Instructor best known/remembered for “Who’s got the keys

Mr Ham F.C.

1947 to 1949 

Machine Design & Engineering Drawing 

Mr Harris

1970?


Mr Harrison 'Major' H F T 

1953*  to 1954*


Taught the HNC boys mathematics for the final three years. He was fairly effective although always relying on his notes. Most of us remember the maths lecture from Mr Harrison after a raid on another residence, (was it Reading University), when one of our number returned with one side of his head shaven. Mick Scott was the victim and the three shorn ones wore woolly hats to make themselves look less conspicuous. Mick walked into the classroom and took his seat as usual in the back row. The Major asked rather stuffily "Is it not usual to remove one's headgear in the classroom? His request was duly acted upon, whereupon seeing the head, Mr H said very deliberately "Please replace your hat". Mr Harrison sported a large moustache, smoked quite a lot and was a keen Bridge player.


Mr Hayes

1953*  to

Maths PX & PY: Was only with us for the first term and was a brilliant young teacher I had never encountered calculus before but he quickly brought me up to scratch

Mr Haines (Fred? )

1960 -1972?

Fitting Instructor and Milling

Mr Hiscox S

1916

Diggers Tutors

Mr Huddard J. 

1948* to xxxx 

Pure & Practical Mathematics 

Mr Humphries W.G 

1945 to 1947 


Mr Ives N. 

1958* to xxxx

City & Guilds Courses 

Mr Jamieson J.P 

1958* to xxxx 

Electrical Engineering 

Mr Jarvis M.W. 

1958* to xxxx 

Electrical Engineering 

Mr Jepson K.S. 

1958* to xxxx 

Mechanical Engineering  

Mr Johnson R. (Ron)

1968? to 1972?


Mr Johnson S.R.E

1953*  to 1958*

 Industrial Admin & WS Tech Mechanical Engineering : Took us for Industrial Administration in A2 and dictated from start to finish, By this time we had learnt the futility of taking notes which meant absolutely nothing to us at revision time. We soon learnt how to write at speed and still be able to read back reliably later. Dick Whittington recalls: "I was one of those who a) could not speed write and b) used to be overcome by the sleeping bug. My notes used to start neat and tidy at the start of the lesson and then gradually become a meaningless scrawl finishing up with a line which moved across and down the page until I woke with a start and then continued to take notes. The result was my notes resembled the printout of some seismic event or rather multiple events, Fortunately I had a very good book on Industrial Admin".

Mr Jones C.V 

1948* to xxxx 

Pure & Practical Mathematics 

Mr Jones E.R.W. 

1948* to xxxx 

Metallurgy 

Mr Joyce (Larry)

1948 to1958

Physics (a Polio victim):

Joyce was the character who left a lasting impression on all of us. He had suffered from Polio which left him with a pronounced limp. We learnt so much in our physics lessons due to his constant repetition. Here are some examples:


·         When light is refracted it is the Violet that is most Violently bent,


·         When determining the resistance of two resistors in parallel it is quite MAD - Multiply, Add and Divide!


·         The road to hell is paved with intermediate students who forget all manner of things one being that I is HALF the length of the magnet!


·         We heard about Mae Wests and sine waves were counted in waggles.


·         When resolving forces don't forget it is F CosA ... 'cause A's the angle you go through!


Brian Thorne recalls Mr Joyce's illustrations in his notes on Polarised light showing a figure in a swimming pool labelled 'nifty bit of stuff. Also his famous saying - 'The road to hell is paved with students who forgot that l/fl + l/f2 = ?' . he has forgotten and must be going to hell!


Baz remembers a science conversation in the physics lab when Pete Lyles and he constructed a light system inside a tank with a hole in the base side trying to show that light bent round corners (down the water jet) and gave a spot of light at the point of impact (surprise surprise) I always thought afterwards that we should have patented that and sold it to drunks who wanted to know where they were peeing.


Mr Kenworthy K.R.F. 

1958* to xxxx 

Mechanical Engineering  

Mr Kingshott Jim 


Carpentry and Joinery Passed away 26 February 2002 at Deepcut Surrey.

Mr Kingsmill N (Norman)

1968? to 1972?


Mr Lean D. 

1947 to xxxx


Mr Loukes Harry. 

  July 1958 to xxxx 

Electrical Engineering  joined after July 1958 and followed Frank Bloor to Eastleigh College as Head of Eng before moving on to Slough

Mr Ludman Ted 

1946 to 1953* 

Applied Heat & Mathematics: Should have retired a few years before our S3 year rather than at the end of it. He was thorough but dull and we soon picked up on his irritating habit of finishing every sentence with "do you see?". This led some of us to lose track of PV = mrT and all that, as we amused ourselves by plotting a graph of the "do you sees" against time

Mr Lunt

1958* to xxxx

Mathematics  

Mr Mainer O.E. 

1945 to xxxx 

Electrical Engineering 

Mr Mallingson D.H. 

1958* to xxxx 

Mechanical Engineering  

Mr Manning (Mick )

1967-1972?

Milling Instructor

Mr Martin B.M 

1945 to 1948 

 Senior Lecturing Appointment at  Birmingham Technical College 

Mr Martin R.G. 

1958* to xxxx

City & Guilds Courses 

Mr Mason T.D. 

1958* to xxxx 

Electrical Engineering 

Mr McIntyre J.A. 

1945 to 1952

Principal of Peterborough College 

Mr Merchant



Mr Needham (Bill)

1968 - 1972?

Sheet Metal Instructor

Mr Oakenfull R.J. 

1948* to xxxx

Production Engineering 

Mr Old C.L. 

1947 to 1948 

Mechanical Engineering Principal @College of Tech at  Rotherham

Mr Osbourne

1946 to xxxx 


Mr Parmiter (Gerry )

1969- ?

Fitting Instructor

Mr Parsons P.G. 

1948* to xxxx 

Pure & Practical Mathematics 

Mr Peggs 'Dr' R D MA Oxon

1944 - 1960

Principle of RAE Technical College Principal Died Spring 1960: Always arrived by the front entrance and parked his Rover in the College forecourt. He entered his first floor office by the wrought iron staircase rather than the front entrance. He had a fairly pronounced speech impediment, rather like King George VI , finding it very hard to avoid stuttering when speaking, particularly at events like the Prize-Distribution.. He was very supportive of the Tech College's sports teams, particularly the Rugby XV. RDP sought glory by attempting to have his students gain as many qualifications and win as many prizes as possible. To that end the student apprentices were entered in the City & Guilds examinations. He was always up to speed with the specific requirements of entry to the Institutions and Associations and ensured that opportunity existed to meet all these requirements during our five years.

Mr Plimmer R.N. 

1958* to xxxx

Mathematics 

Mr Pugh (Jimmy )

1970?

Electronics Instructor

Mr R.B. 

xxxx to 1948

Burns Chemical Research- Aberdeen  

Mr Ramsbottom 'Dr' J E 

1913

Diggers Tutors

Mr Rennie J

1926

Old Jim a Scotsman of 40-45!

Mr Roberts 'Bangor' 

1953*  to

Maths & Mechanics: So called because he came from Bangor in North Wales, took us for Mechanics and Mathematics during our ONC years. When finding forces in frameworks using Bow's Notation we learnt how this reminded him of a certain lady in his home town, Mrs Bow, so named due to the shape of her legs which he suggested was brought about by this lady's profession. Mr Roberts always asked questions from who he thought were the weakest upwards, until hopefully he would find someone who could answer correctly. During one Maths lesson, we were integrating trig functions and he started asking for the answer to the latest one put up on the board. After about 5 tries round the group and not obtaining the answer he picked me out and   in desperation asked "Well, can you integrate it "Mollart     -bloody-Bollockson" or whatever you name is? Needless to say I couldn't and wasn't at all offended as it gave the class a chance to have good laugh! Brian Thorne remembers the St Davids Day lecture with 'Bangor' Roberts. A daffodil and leek were tied to the gas taps on the lecturer's desk. When he arrived he exploded saying 'I suppose you think that is bloody funny". I seemed to remember he walked out on us 

Mr Robinson T.S 

1945 to 1947 


Mr Roderick

1958?


Mr Russell F.H.

1948 to xxxx 

Vice Principal  

Mr Scott J.B.

1958* to xxxx 

Mechanical Engineering  

Mr Seeley J.S. 

1958* to xxxx 

Electrical Engineering 

Mr Sharr H. 

1948* to xxxx 

Pure & Practical Mathematics 

Mr Shipgood (Fred)

1970?

Electronics Instructor

Mr Shipp Guy .E. 

1953 to xxxx 

Electrical Engineering & Electro-Technology: Was a strange man. One major flaw in his make-up however was that if we ever questioned him for clarification of any point he would take this as a personal criticism of his teaching ability and this soured the atmosphere for the remainder of the lesson. We spent many happy hours in the electrical laboratory investigating the characteristics of the Shrage motor, the Crossfield generator, the mercury rectifier and the like. It was a good thing that we had the helpful Alan Calver to check and correct our circuits before switching on the power. 

Mr Shipp H.J.

1948* to xxxx 

Machine Design & Engineering Drawing 

Mr Sims 'Dr'. L.G. 

1949 to xxxx 

Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering 

Mr Sketch H.J. 

1958* to xxxx 

Electrical Engineering 

Mr Smart

1980

Instructor

Mr Smith E.E.

1948* to xxxx

Production Engineering 

Mr Smith R.E.(Dick)

1953 to xxxx 


Came to us from Hackney College as Vice Principal and stood in sometimes for absent staff. He had a few 'pet' topics at the ready such as determining the centre of gravity of laminae. The group reps always dealt with Mr Smith and I always found him extremely sympathetic to our complaints, most of which were dealt with quickly and to our satisfaction.


Mr Snell W.P.

1948* to xxxx 

Machine Design & Engineering Drawing 

Mr Sturk S. (Sid)

1960* - 1961*

Fitting

Mr Sobey 

1953*  to

Aircraft Structures: Was seconded from his post in the RAE when we were left without a tutor for Theory of Aircraft Structures in our final year for several weeks. He openly admitted that he was doing this under duress. In spite of this, and the fact that this was his first attempt at teaching and needed to cover the syllabus in the protracted time, he did rather well.

Mr Swann 

1945 to xxxx 


Mr Taylor (Dave )

1970? to 1972

Electronics Instructor

Mr Taylor-Cook

1945 to xxxx 


Mr Teire R.D. 

1958* to xxxx 

Mechanical Engineering  

Mr Thornber E.Norman. 

1953 to 1955*

Mechanical Engineering  Strength of Materials and Dynamics (Mechanical Science): Taught us Theory of Machines and Strength of Materials on our final years. He had a good teaching style

Mr Thorne J.B. 

1958* to xxxx

Mathematics 

Mr Townsend P 

1945 to xxxx 


Mr Treacher Norman 

1953*  to

Chemistry: Taught us Chemistry and we went to his lab above the small wind tunnel in an outbuilding for practicals. Here we unravelled the mysteries of titration and enjoyed trying to discover the constituents of the latest minuscule quantity of white powder. Joyce Cox was Mr 'Treacle's' technician and she later became Mrs Lancaster

Mr Trotman

1968? to 1972?


Mr Wade William 

1951 to 1953

Liberal Studies : Took Liberal Studies, as it was called, when this was added to the curriculum to 'round' us. As this was not an examinable subject many of us took the' liberal' literally and felt free to catch up on our coursework. A few took part in discussions. We had a debate with the motion proposed by Jack Mothersdale "That this house consider that Radio Luxembourg is a waste of time". As first speaker for the motion, he spoke at some length, Dick Moorman was first opposition spokesman and he raised the roof as his opening sentence  began with words like "Well after those irrelevant mumblings and incoherent burblings            " .. a very apt description of Jack's effort. We also had to give five minute talks on some subject of our choosing but none of our group's offerings has left any lasting impression.

Mr Walker

1960* to 1961*

Turning

Mr Walton K. 

1958* to xxxx 

Electrical Engineering 

Mr Warcup J. 

1958* to xxxx

 Mathematics 

Mr Warren (Bunny)

1906* to xxxx

Fitting Instructor

Mr Webb (George)

1970?

Electronics Instructor

Mr Williams E.E.

1944 to xxxx 

Physics Lecturer

Mr Wynne T.E.

1958* to xxxx

City & Guilds Courses

Mr Bloor Frank 

1953*  to 

 Industrial Admin & WS Tech

Mrs Barritt M.M 

1958* to xxxx

Mathematics 

Mrs Medlicott

1947 to xxxx 


Mrs Raithby M.E.K. 

1948* to xxxx 

Pure & Practical Mathematics