PORTSDOWN SECONDARY MODERN SCHOOL, PORTSMOUTH
The main building of brick ran from Sevenoaks Road east towards Cosham, Senior boys at Sevenoaks Road end, followed by Junior boys, then the girls buildings. The four small squares were the pre fabrecated buildings including Mr Gatt's classroom, and the wood and metal workshops of Mr Jones, Dixon and Harrison.
A photograph from 1937, three of the names are John Horn, Maurie Kean and Alan Mack but the rest are unknown
Teacher and violinist who was a goalkeeper at 60. Portsmouth NEWS 22nd July 2014
Brian Preston contacted Remember When from his home in Cuxhaven,
Germany, with memories of growing up in Portsmouth and his time at
Portsdown School, Wymering.
In his picture of class 4A, class teacher Mr V Hull is in the centre of
the front row. Brian is second from the left in the same line. He went
there from early 1947 until Christmas 1949.
Brian was born in Highbury Grove, Cosham, in 1933, and, being six when
war broke out, has vivid memories of that period.
His father was in the navy so was away for long periods.
He says: `My mother, younger brother, sister and I moved home several
times in Portsmouth in the early years of the war because of bomb damage
to our houses.
'Among my wartime memories was seeing the burnt-out shell of the
Guildhall not long after it had been destroyed by incendiary bombs; the
sentry box on Portsbridge where a solider stood guard with his rifle and
the barrage balloon on the north side of the creek.'
The family moved to Suffolk in late 1941 but returned to Portsmouth in
1947 to a newly-built council house in Allaway Avenue, Paulsgrove, near
its junction with Credenhill Road.
Brian adds: 'At that time the greater part of Paulsgrove was still under
construction. The buses from Southsea via Cosham ran only as far as
He started at Portsdown School and remembers that Mr Hull played violin
in the school orchestra. 'Although he was 60 he was the goalkeeper in
the teachers' football team when they played the boys.'
Brian was made captain of Drake house (green), the others being Nelson
(red), Beatty (blue) and Jellicoe (yellow). 'Albert Kingston was school
orchestra leader and was also head prefect.
`I got to know him well. His nickname was Stormy because he was earnest
and sincere. His brother Eric, a cheerful boy, was known as Sunny'
When Brian left Portsdown he went to the Southern College of Art,
Portsmouth, learned German in his spare time and in 1968 moved with his
wife and daughter to Germany.
class of 1947 or 1948 at Portsdown Modern Secondary School, Portsmouth.
John Scott is the lad fourth from the right in the middle row.
John, of Station Road, Drayton, Portsmouth, identified the teacher as
He taught music and maths.
John said: `I was in the same class as Derek Spero, and I can recall he
was a member of the school choir that toured Scandinavia. The boy in the
cap [in the back row] was my old friend Charlie Bury.'
John added: `They were good days, with dedicated teachers who helped
many boys achieve good careers later in life.'
Eric Bryant from Havant, is fourth from the right in the front row, and
he's pretty certain the year was 1947.
Eric said: 'I believe I recognise a few of my classmates. Sitting next
to me on my right is John McCarthy.
'And second to my right is Leslie Riggs. We both played football for the
school first eleven. Leslie went on to become a professional footballer
and was a very good table tennis player,
'Other classmates who I am sure I recognise are Percy Williams, Johnnie
Scott and Charlie Bury.'
This picture of masters at Portsdown School, Paulsgrove, from the 1950s.
Back row. (3) ? - ? - ?
Middle row (7) ? - ? - (Pop Gould) - ? - Ken williams - ? - ?
Front row (9) ? - ?- ? - ( Wally Palmer or Rigger ) - (
Lawrence ) - ( Hull ) - ? - Jones.- Jack Wells ?
Tony Fletcher was presented with this Gideons bible in 1957 when he
left the school and, as was the tradition then, got many of the teachers
to autograph it.
Portsdown School's football team 1955/56.
Back Row ( left to right )
Portsdown School’s league-winning side of 1954
John Slade Dennis Read, Billy Bartlett and Keith Davidson, Terry Linter and others with teached Ken Williams
Alan Tubb. John Slade. Billy Bartlett. Tommy Crawford. Phil Bonney. Ken Lloyd. Eddy Witcombe. Ken Williams. (Teacher)
Front row (left to right)
Tommy Wallis. Brian Palmer. Brain Davison. Micky Harbert. Ronny Richards. Colin Kimber. Alan Turvey, and his dog "Rocky "
A Master versus Boys line-up in the late 1950's
Standing;- Mr.Hull. Mr. Dixon. Mr. Yule. Mr. Baker. Mr. Paine. Mr. Hartfree. Mr.Harrison. Mr.Coulthard. Mr. Williams.
and ( Goalie was Vicar of St Peters St Pauls Church )
Front ( left to right )
K.Lloyd. A Turvey. M.Harbet. E Witcombe. C.Kimber. P Bonney. B. Palmer. T. Crawford. Billy Bartlett, B.Davison. J. Slade.
Very front kneeling Ted Brown and A.Tubb. acting linesmen
Back row: Michael Jackson, Alan Day, Tony Crawford, Robert Earp, John Friend, Clive Reason.
Front row: Michael Rixon, Michael Wright, John Wanklin, Roger Hardingham, Jimmy Morrison.
The teacher and football coach was John Halford.
Published on Wednesday 25 August 2010 in the Portsmouth NEWS
Earlier this year we featured a picture of staff and pupils in the
orchestra at Portsdown Modern Secondary School taken in 1947 or 1948.
It was spotted by Derek Spero, who lives in Dortmund, Germany, who was
not only a pupil at the Wymering school, but was also appointed the
He's sent the class picture, above, also from 1947 or 1948 and he's the
lad in the front row, fourth from the left, with a comic stuck down his
The orchestra's conductor, Mr Gould, was the class teacher.
Derek, who was also delighted to see a recent Remember When picture of
his birthplace in School Lane, Buckland, said: 'Also in the original
photo is Mr Hall, the deputy head, who taught me the violin and shaped
'I eventually took over as leader of the orchestra and will never forget
the momentous moment when we gave a concert for families and friends in
front of a packed hall in the girls' school.
'As leader I had to walk from the back of the hall with my violin under
my arm, down the central aisle, bow to the audience and take my seat.'
The experience the lads gained from the orchestra obviously stood them
in good stead.
Derek added: 'The leader of the orchestra in the original picture was
Sunny Kingston who joined the Band of the Royal Marines, Portsmouth.
'I and another member of the orchestra, Alan Dowd, from Wymering, signed
on as boy musicians with the Royal Artillery Band, Portsmouth,
stationed at Southsea Castle. From there we went off to RA Central Band,
Woolwich, London, studied for two years, before returning to
'In 1953 we were posted to Oldenburg in north Germany before moving to
Dortmund where we got our own bus with Royal Artillery Portsmouth Band
painted on the side in extra large gold letters.
'One day we pulled into a restaurant on the autobahn and parked next to a
magnificent modern bus with the logo The James Last Band on both sides.
'A couple of the James Last band strolled over for a chat and one of
them, an American, was really interested because he came from
Portsmouth, New Hampshire.'
The Portsdown Schoool Orchestra 1964 with Roy Hallin third from the left standing
This group from Portsdown Secondary Modern School for boys — with Micky
Utton, Dave Shires, ?, John Syikes, McNight, Steven Morby, Tunggett,
Vernon Hitchins, Andy Skeets, Donny Hart, Steven Scunthorp and Jonny
Some of the teachers from the 1950's and 1960's
MR DIGWEED, MR BATES, MR SEARLE, MR JONES, MR EVANS, MR ELFORD, MR
PITCHER, MR BISCOE, MR WELLS, MR ELSMORE, MR AUSTIN, MR GOULD, MR
WILLIAMS, MR PALMER, MR COULTHARD, MR BUCKETT, MR BAKER, MR GARDNER, MR
ELSMORE, MR DIXON, MR YULE, MR CHAMBERLAIN, MR GATT, MR SMITH, MR
PAFFORD, MR WARD, MR LILLYWHITE, MR McCANN, TONY PEARSON, MR HARRISON
THE SCHOOL BEADLE, MR PARSONS THE GARDING TEACHER.
Rev Canon James Frederick Buckett
Rev Canon James Frederick Buckett MBE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE 1997 Birthday Honours For services to the community on the Isle of Wight.
THE Rev Canon James Frederick Buckett, a well-known chaplain who was involved with many churches and organisations, has died, aged 83.
Mr Buckett, of Staplers Road, Newport, known affectionately as Jim, was born in Portsmouth and worked as an apprentice pattern maker at Portsmouth Dockyard in the late 1940s.
He married his late wife, Kathleen, at Portsmouth Cathedral in 1947, and the couple had a daughter, Catherine, in 1950.
After completing a teacher’s training course in Swindon, Mr Buckett became the head of social studies and careers master at Portsmouth’s Portsdown Modern School for Boys.
He worked there for ten years, until 1960. In 1964, Mr Buckett was appointed the first full-time chaplain to Highbury College, Cosham.
He moved to the Island in 1966, when he became vicar of St Helens, and he subsequently moved to Newport in 1972, where he was inducted as vicar of St Thomas’s Church, now known as the Minster Church of Sts Thomas.
During his ministry, he became chaplain to the IW Council — a role he fulfilled for more than three decades until his death — and he was installed as an honorary canon of Portsmouth Cathedral in 1980.
He was deputy chaplain at the Island prisons between 1972 and 1984.
Mr Buckett was awarded the freedom of the borough by Medina Borough Council in 1995.
After retiring from his parish duties, Mr Buckett gained a Bachelor of Divinity, which he completed through home study, and in 1997 he received an MBE for services to the community.
Mr Buckett’s involvement with churches and organisations, as chaplain to many of them, included the Royal Hampshire Old Comrades, Normandy Veterans’ Assoc-iation, Dunkirk Veterans, Far Eastern Prisoners of War, RNLI, Missions to Seamen, the IW Caledonian Society, the Newport branch of the Physically Disabled, plus many more.
He was a former chaplain to the army and the IW Squadron Air Training Corps, and member of the IW branch of the RAF and the British Army Association.
He had been a member of the IW County Club since 1975 and a member of the Society of the Holy Cross.
Mr Buckett was heavily involved with All Saints' Church, Ryde, where he conducted the Christmas Day service, and latterly he took regular Sunday services at St Michael’s Church, Swan-more.
He received countless requests from families to conduct their services. One of his last official duties was as proud chaplain to the Royal British Legion at this year’s Poppy Launch.
A service of thanksgiving celebrating Canon Buckett’s life will be held on Monday at All Saints’ Church, Ryde, at noon.
A private funeral at the IW Crematorium will follow.
Mr Buckett leaves behind his daughter, Catherine, grandchildren Joanna and Matthew and great grandchildren, Toby, Marcus and Susannah.