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A few more WGS masters 1958
Photo: Keith
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Item #: 32682
As a response to some of the comments from the first photo, I'm submitting a second part of the WGS photo of 1958, showing a few more of the staff.

Comment by: Tony Sharp on 5th September 2020 at 20:37

Ah, the missing names as forementioned and others. Had Eccles for History if memory serves me correct, in the room at the very end of the corridor (which also doubled as Bank's house room). Balmer was the PE teacher, with occasional science. Thank you Keirh

Comment by: George on 6th September 2020 at 14:41

Ah yes, Frank Balmer, his bark was far, far worse than his bite, unlike a few other staff (2 or 3 perhaps). I never saw Frank touch any pupil, slap them, hit them or indeed kick them. He maintained order in his own way, no physical violence involved, as it should have been in those long gone days.

Comment by: Keith Beckett on 6th September 2020 at 16:40

Frank was on St Helens RL books, unfortunately it coincided with WW2 so he probably got few opportunities to play.
He served an apprenticeship as an electrician in one of the local brickworks.

Comment by: Donald Underwood on 6th September 2020 at 20:40

Not Cochran but Ellis Cockram,whose cry was "I shall mallet thee"
FAL was the nicest of marked contrast to his predecessor as Art Master,Bulmer

We sat in threes & Bulmer spent the whole lesson knocking heads together.Seated in the middle I got hit twice.Autumn Term 1943 but still remembered
Not Cochran but Ellis Cockram whose cry was "I shall mallet thee"

Comment by: Ranger on 7th September 2020 at 10:18

I think the teacher on the extreme left is Cooper, who taught woodwork. I have seen a photograph of Frank Balmer in the St. Helens rugby team about 1946.

Comment by: Keith Beckett on 7th September 2020 at 11:24

Frank made his debut for the Saints on January 21st 1939 against Salford. Playing as a centre he made 68 appearances and scored 13 tries.

Comment by: Graham Parkinson on 7th September 2020 at 14:08

Yes I think it is Mr Cooper on the left. He did teach woodwork and as the son of a master joiner I remember him shouting at me as I planed down my third piece of wood for a lamp stand. " your father's a carpenter lad, why can't you do it?!" I never did inherit any of my dad's skills!

Comment by: Carolaen on 7th September 2020 at 18:36

Graham - My Dad was also a master joiner and I did not inherit any of his skills. I made a nail box in Year one (and only) of Mr Coopers class and I think all 4 corners were different angles, I could never get the knack of chiselling out the wood to make dovetail joints.

Comment by: Keith on 7th September 2020 at 19:26

Apologies all round, I've posted the incorrect name, it is as you say Cooper, not Temple.
He may have succeeded Mr Baron as the Woodwork teacher. I also have a memory from the mid 1950's, of going to Wigan Little Theatre, in a group from WGS, to watch him perform, in a Shakespearian production. The title of which escapes me.

Comment by: Keith on 7th September 2020 at 19:35

It was only after I'd left WGS that I learned Frank had played for St Helens when the opposition was Wigan and my own father was in the Wigan team. Typical of professional players they never "blew their own trumpet".

Comment by: . Ozy . on 8th September 2020 at 21:19

And here was I , thinking I'd had a tough time of it at AGS, having had the likes of Don Gullick et al to grapple with, but looking at the Caponesque lineup of masters that you lot had to contend with makes me realise that, with hindsight, I probably, unknowingly , yet fortunately and happily dodged, well, if not the cane, then at least the bullet.

Comment by: Bill Woodcock on 16th September 2020 at 18:05

"Cakie" Eccles, next to Robin Cooper, taught French and helped to run a soccer team.
Bert Savigny would never let us use the word "Fuhrer" for leader when doing German with him. It was always crossed out and we were told to find another word. Researching his war record explains why.

Comment by: Ben on 21st September 2020 at 17:28

Never knew Savigny's first name since he never taught me but I heard, don't know how true it is, that in the war he was dropped behind enemy lines. Also didn't he have a son at WGS?

Comment by: Fred on 21st September 2020 at 20:07

I do know that the bluff character "Dickie" Downing took part in the invasion of Italy, I think he was a Captain.

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