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Class 3a 1956

Mr. Crowley’s class of 1956

As an ex pupil of Fitzherbert  school in Woodingdean I am never surprised to see more bits and pieces of our history coming to light, and also coming together. I have been sent a photo of class 3a with Mr. Crowley our teacher in 1956. The photo was sent to me by Vera Wakefield (nee Bridger) who started school at the same time that I did at St. John the Baptist in 1948. We were in the same class until we left school I think in 1958. Vera gave me some of the names of our classmates and I have tried to fill in the rest.

Putting names to faces

I studied the photo for some days and some of the names gradually came back to me. Some I have not remembered no matter how hard I racked my brain. I am sincerely hoping that some of us are still alive and kicking and will see the photo and leave a comment. Thank you again Vera for the photo. The names that I recall are as follows:

Front row left to right: Anthony Thompson-Peter Mitchell-Brian Hodges-Melvin Hanson-John Anderson-Robert Tasker-Lionel Muir and Patrick Hollingdale.

2nd row left to right: Marion Fowler-Sandra Hurst-Vera Bridger-Maureen Bartholomew-Mr. Crowley-Linda Ridd-Don’t know-Gwen Orton-Carole Burns.

3rd row left to right: Roger Provost-John Head-John Hill-Joe Downey-myself (Mick Peirson)-Marcus Thompson-Barbara Cox-don’t know-Janet Ransdale-Louise Fitzgerald.

Back row left to right: Veronica Cooke-Ivan Marchant-Gerald Morton-Victor Dean-Christine Chapman-Patricia Daly-John Moore-don’t know-Carol Fisher-Joan Lloyd.

Can you recognise yourself – or anyone else? Do you have any memories of this time you can share with us? If you can help, please leave a comment below.

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Class 3a Fitzherbert School 1956
From the private collection of Vera Wakefield (nee Bridger)

Comments about this page

  • Third row, third from right, the unknown name is Veronica Hitchings.

    By Janet Menzies nee Ransdale (27/03/2018)
  • There was also a Christopher Hitchings a year above these, probably left July 1956. Also several Dalys if I remember correctly, possibly Mary? and at least two Gobles. Never thought I’d see Crowley again! And two more Chapmans who lived in the orphanage next door. Freddie was one, and I bought a 1932 Panther 250cc sloper from his elder brother whose name I can’t remember now.

    By Tim Sargeant (27/03/2018)
  • Thanks for that Janet, another class mate from so long ago when we were so young looking and could run everywhere, fond memories.

    By Mick Peirson (28/03/2018)
  • Just looked at this photo again, and would love to catch up with one particular person who was by very best friend at that time. It was Carol Fisher, I have a special reason because my daughter is going to marry her cousin’s son. Deanna Sadgrove also attended our school. Unfortunately Deanna has died and we have no way of finding Carol.

    By Janet Menzies nee Ransdale (22/08/2018)
  • I think that’s me second row third from left, Rosalind Sullivan. I know I was in that class.

    By Rosalind Hughes nee Sullivan (22/02/2021)
  • No! I’ve realised that can’t be me in the photo because Brian Hodges is in it and I know he was in the year below me so I must have been in class 4a and left summer of 1957.

    By Rosalind Hughes nee Sullivan (22/02/2021)

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