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Bilson School pupils, Cinderford in 1947

Bilson School in 1947

Row 4 1: Mrs Wilkes; 2: Ann Baker; 3: Pat Fallows; 4: Rosemary Oxenham; 5: Daphne Sterry; 6: Thelma Mathews; 7: Beryl Barnard; 8: Josie Baldwin; 9: Josie Tyler; 10: Maureen Thomas; 11: Pamela Hibberd; 12: Margaret Morse.
Row 3 1: John Hayward; 2: Frank Bayliss; 3: Oliver (Olly) Hill; 4:John Ashmead; 5: Stan Phelps; 6: Douglas Jones; 7: Michael Dimmock; 8: Brian Mould; 9: Rex Stevens; 10: Alan Phelps; 11: Mr Gowman (Headmaster).
Row 2 1: Ruby Williams; 2: Pearl Williams; 3: Diane Clutterbuck; 4: Janet Bell; 5: Josie Manns; 6: Betty Hare; 7: Ruth Morgan; 8: Jean Thomas; 9: Janet Thomas; 10: Daphne Wallace; 11: Cecily Trigg; 12:Jean Barnard; 13: Glenys Teague.
Front row (or row 1) 1:Tony East; 2: Graham Probert; 3: Harry Fox; 4: Stanley Higgleton; 5: Geoffrey Mathews; 6: Bob Byett (later to own a pet shop/garden sundries in Cinderford High street); 7: Keith Wakefield; 8: Bob Moore.

Jeff Jones added: "... Great to see the photo of my old school - happy memories . Olly Hill was my parent's coalman, a cheerfull chap who kept horses at the top of Dockham for trotting racing. In this pic he's the spitting image of his sons - Nick who was at Bilson and later Ranks with me and also youngest Steve. ... Mrs Hill was my mother's pos-tlady for several years. They are both sadly missed".

Thanks also to Robin Phelps.

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