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Great swimmers that preceded Dave West in the late 50’s and early sixties included Tom Green, Ronnie Reeves, Paul Simms, Pete Foster, and Pete Davis: not to mention Dudley Seifert and Brian Beale and Terry Long. Messrs Seifert, Beale, Simms, Davis and Foster all attended Brighton, Hove and/Sussex Grammar School as I did. Seifert and Beale were part of the 1956 all England Water Polo Championship team. I believe Tom Green emigrated with his mother to Australia and seemingly never heard from again. He swam for England with John Martin-Dye against Scotland one time and had the most technically perfect freestyle stroke I have ever witnessed. He was followed by Ronnie Reeves who was also a very talented freestyle/butterfly swimmer. I believe he also emigrated to Australia but later returned to the UK(?). One name that I also well recall was Terry Long who was part of the famous water polo championship team of 1956. Terry had a very smooth freestyle stroke and won the West to Palace Pier ( as it was known then) many times. Aaah….fond memories indeed of that SSC. In the late 50’s and early 60’s.
Mr William Henry Shoosmith
This morning I was reading a Middlesex newspaper from 1939 when I came across a story about a William Henry Shoosmith from September 1886 who might be the same person or a relative. He was referred to as Southall’s first Socialist orator and got into a great deal of trouble in the local community for this; on one occasion Hanwell ‘roughs’ pelted him with coloured flour, rotten eggs and ‘other filth’. The author of the story notes that he could not find any more information after 1887 about Mr Shoosmith. I have photographs of the original story if anyone would like it.
My family has a close association with the early days of Volk’s Railway. My great grandfather James Barker was described by the West Sussex Gazette as Volk’s “first engineer and [Magnus] Volk’s right-hand man over a long and difficult period of the railway’s history”. James also worked on the “Daddy Longlegs” and his son was a driver.