Victoria

I attended Victoria Secondary Modern Boys School from 1957 – 1961, although in this period of my life I was known as David Jones, I didn’t know that actually my name was David Taylor-Jones, my mother having changed my name by deedpole for her special reasons without me knowing it!
So if any of my old class mates read this I hope this is helpful. I now live in France, near Nice and get home occasionally to visit the town in which I grew up. This story is from a collection that I have made about my early life called “Life in the Suburbs”.

Victoria Secondary Modern Prize Giving Ceremony 1962 (5 Upper GCE Class of 1961) Back row, from left to right: J. McLean, D. Broom, P. Hancock, P. Kingsley, D. Taylor-Jones, C. Heathcote, R. Knight Front row, from left to right: R. Gilmour, N. Timms, D. Batchelor, J. Cockram J.P. (Guest Speaker), F. Amor.

Victoria Secondary Modern Prize Giving Ceremony 1962 (5 Upper GCE Class of 1961)
Back row, from left to right: J. McLean, D. Broom, P. Hancock, P. Kingsley, D. Taylor-Jones, C. Heathcote, R. Knight
Front row, from left to right: R. Gilmour, N. Timms, D. Batchelor, J. Cockram J.P. (Guest Speaker), F. Amor.

 

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  • David Taylor – Jones

    Well done – you bring back great memories .

    Mr Pereira – the poker – ha ha – he and Jack taught me well – am Chairman and Co Owner of 3 large Engineering Companies

    Well done Dave

    By PETER ( BOMBER ) LOMBARDI (05/05/2016)
  • I really enjoy reading Dave’s stories as they are very precise and make you feel as if you are back again in our youth.
    Dave is my brother-in-law, married to my sister Bonny.
    My younger brother Pete went to the same school as myself but on the other side of the tracks to where Dave lived and grew up. He was at Victoria and my brother and I were at Hampden on Little Oxhey Lane. Much could be written in an identical mode as to Dave’s adventures including the dread of starting at Hampden at the age of eleven years old. Except for the different names of the teachers and the names of close friends his whole story line mimics my own recollections.
    I am so glad he took the time to write his stories of growing up and for the Watford Museum to appreciate the time and effort he has spent recounting times spent in Watford back in the fifties and sixties.
    Well done Dave
    Regards,
    Paul Kelly now living in St. John’s, Newfoundland

    By Paul Kelly (12/07/2015)

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