Woolwich & Districts
Dunham, Wickhan Lane school teacher
Clair is asking if anyone has any memories and/or possibly any
school photo(s) of her father.
father was Sam Dunham, and was a teacher at Wickham Lane School.
(during and around the 1940's through 1950's)
He was also a teacher at Oakmere School during the 1960's. Oakmere
School was formally the Wickham Lane Secondary School for boys.
be very grateful for any memories of my father, whether they
are good or bad recollections (!)"
If you can
offer any recollections, however small, please contact Colin.
Colin Weightman (aged 11 or 12) with two older friends at Wickham
Lane School Camp.
at 11 or 12 - Wickham Lane School Photo
Mark Weightman in his Wickham Lane school blazer and badge c.1951.
Wickham Lane School 1950. Photo:John Miles
(Click on the photo for a MUCH larger view)
at the photo that's me, John Miles, the smart one standing next
to Mr Griffin far left , I can remember most of them by name
and some a bit of a guess so starting from the back
left; Collins. Manning. Lancano. Don't know. Beadle
. Childs. Knot. Don't Know.
Next row Mr Griffin, John Miles, Cook, Basil,
Gething, Don't Know, Don't Know, Fryer, Bance, And head Master
row down left.Don't know, Don't know, Dumnol, Loft,
Pine, Don't know, Pucey?.
row left Simons, Don't know, Don't know, Crafton, Don't
know, Don't know, Bridges, Boilet, And Stewart,
If you spot
yourself (or I've spelt your name wrong) let Colin
know and I'll he will add you you to the above list (or correct
aged five, making a tent at Wickham Lane Primary School in 1945.
Photo: John Redman
Wickham Lane School c.1951/52. Photo: Jim Milward.
Sam Dunham was the teacher, on right.
Top row = 7th all from left, his name was Baldock, 8th = Ron
Second row down = 1st = Eric Foxon, 3rd = John Hipkin, 5th =
Bob Golding. The teacher on the end is Sam Dunham.
Third row down = 2nd left = George Painter, 5th = Billy Vaughan,
8th = Derek Rainy.
bottom = Brian Sydee, 2nd = John ?, next me.
When I let school, I went into the Post Office as a telegram
boy, until called up in 1954. I went to Cyprus (royal signals)
attached to 16th ind para brigade. I was demobilised in 1957.
I then went back to the Post Office, after three months got
bored, transferred to Cable Ship ‘Monarch’ for three
years. At 24 met my wife and went on to have four children,
have now got 7 grand children, + 3 great grandchildren, retired
7 years ago, what more can I say? I am in good health (I think).
I remember during the war (half Hilton Street was bombed out)
after the war I remember as kids we all knock a hole through
the whole of the houses on the other side of the road, (Kids
had no fear of houses falling on them).
I remember P C Brandon, you didn't back chat, he would clump
you, hard too.
The old grey matter is going now, you maybe able jog my memory.
Regards from Jim Milward.
Left: Alan Swaisland, Right: Eddy Davis, in their Wickham
Lane School uniforms. It was on their first day of going to
Wickham Lane School. Photo: Alan Swaisland.
They lived at 16 Camrose Street (off Plumstead Corner) and that
house was divided into two flats, Alan's family lived downstairs,
Eddy's family lived upstairs.
Alan Swaisland in his Wickham Lane School uniform on his first
day of going to Wickham Lane School. Photo: Alan Swaisland.
He is pictured outside his home at 16 Camrose Street, Plumstead,
in September 1951.