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pierre
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Posted - 31/01/2014 :  09:37:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Many thanks go to Dalex41 for this great bit of history from Tredegar Grammar School from 1952.

A lot of reconcilable names on this one

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Cae
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Posted - 31/01/2014 :  11:08:13 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
ah my aunt's got a few mentions in there! (Merle Watton.)
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KenJ
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Posted - 31/01/2014 :  17:03:47 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A regular contributor to this forum has his name listed more than once....any guesses?
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smokey
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Posted - 31/01/2014 :  17:39:15 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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fredd
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Posted - 31/01/2014 :  17:58:37 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by KenJ

A regular contributor to this forum has his name listed more than once....any guesses?

.. I Guess that Must be Milkman ..
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KenJ
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Posted - 31/01/2014 :  18:19:09 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well spotted fredd
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nutandboltdarlo
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Posted - 23/08/2020 :  23:22:33 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A bit before my time, but fascinating.

My memory has failed me concerning the Jack Fox Memorial Essay Prize - obviously given a very prominent place in the list of prizes Who was Jack Fox? Was there a particular reason for his being remembered in this way? Iím guessing he was killed in one of the world wars but that is just a guess. And, all these many years later, is his memory still being kept alive at the Comprehensive School with an annual essay prize?
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evansfam
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Posted - 25/08/2020 :  12:04:46 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I even had a few mentions in this programme. Worked till after 'O' levels then stopped after telling my father I wanted to be a doctor & his reply ' Too expensive, training too long,& girls don't do it. Never forgot it. Told my daughter I'd support her in her choice & she chose to become a solicitor. Still have regrets on my career path.

Margaret Wathan
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ShelleyW
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Posted - 26/08/2020 :  21:48:28 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Margaret Wnes Name is there a few times,a lovely lady she went on to teach in Bedwellty school for many years.
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dwjames40
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Posted - 26/08/2020 :  21:59:17 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The Jack Fox , who nutandboltdarlo was not sure of was the son of Owen & Eunice Fox, (newsagent/ barber Glyn Terrace) who lost his life in World War 2, the ship he was on was torpedoed.
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nutandboltdarlo
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Posted - 27/08/2020 :  23:11:38 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dwjames40

The Jack Fox , who nutandboltdarlo was not sure of was the son of Owen & Eunice Fox, (newsagent/ barber Glyn Terrace) who lost his life in World War 2, the ship he was on was torpedoed.



Thanks for that dwjames40. My question and your reply has at least served to perpetuate the memory of Jack Fox for a while longer. Do you (or anyone else) know whether there are any members of the family still living in Tredegar?
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milkman
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Posted - 28/08/2020 :  09:47:52 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Owen had a son who was at the "County" probably started about 1940. so he would now be about 90. I think he bacame a teacher. I think his name was Brian but I can confirm and put it on the forum.
They were a separate family from the Foxes with the GEM sweetshop. (Alan, Dickie and possibly one other)
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ike
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Posted - 28/08/2020 :  14:42:07 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Brian Fox lived at the end of York Terrace.He married Pamela Morris from Park view area.They had four children. He became head master in Chepstow area. The last time I spoke to him was at a magistrates meeting 22 years ago.There was a Colin Fox, Clerk to the Tredegar Council, I think he was also brother to Brian.

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butch
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Posted - 28/08/2020 :  17:13:29 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As Dwjames stated, Owen Fox was a newsagent/barber, he was also a town councillor. I was unaware he had a son Jack who was killed in the last war. But I do remember his son Colin very well. He was a keen cyclist. I remember when he told his father that he and his big friend Ray Ambrey from Walter Street intended going to France on a cycling holiday, his father was aghast, and tried to talk him out of it, but go they did, and glad to say they got back home safe and sound. They were both around 18yrs. so was quite an adventure at the time.
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dwjames40
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Posted - 31/08/2020 :  20:26:39 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Owen & Eunice Fox had five sons, Desmond, Colin, Brian, Warren and Jack.
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dwjames40
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Posted - 03/09/2020 :  17:54:16 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ike it was Desmond who worked for the council.

nutandboltdarlo the family are all deceased

Jack died first in second world war.
Desmond was found dead in York Terrace.
Colin died in Tredegar.
Warren died in Hull (University Professor).
Brian died in America visiting his daughter and lived in Chepstow.
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milkman
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Posted - 04/09/2020 :  11:52:48 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Responding to Margaret Wathan-
For whatever reason girls were encouraged to go to Training College but few went to University.
That is odd since Tred parents ,in general, were keen on their offspring being well eduactaed and supporting them in so doing.
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evansfam
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Posted - 05/09/2020 :  09:03:01 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Father used to teach Maths at Grammar school,perhaps he taught you?

Margaret Wathan
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milkman
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Posted - 05/09/2020 :  19:58:49 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
No, Big Ben (Edwards) taught me
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dalex41
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Posted - 06/09/2020 :  00:05:49 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
RWWright(Dickie) taught me maths and agebra right throughout the Grammar School.
quote:
Originally posted by evansfam

Father used to teach Maths at Grammar school,perhaps he taught you?

Margaret Wathan

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milkman
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Posted - 06/09/2020 :  10:28:03 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Margaret, That is even more surprising.
Your dad must have gone to university in the 30s. His parents would have needed to provide quite a bit since grants really improved after the war.
So his parents backed him but he didnt back you.
As I said only a few girls went to univesrity but your dad should have been more enlightened.
Regarding the prize giving- The school cricket team won every single game, which was remakable since ours was quite small school.
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nutandboltdarlo
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Posted - 08/09/2020 :  22:32:00 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dwjames40

Ike it was Desmond who worked for the council.

nutandboltdarlo the family are all deceased

Jack died first in second world war.
Desmond was found dead in York Terrace.
Colin died in Tredegar.
Warren died in Hull (University Professor).
Brian died in America visiting his daughter and lived in Chepstow.



Thanks dwjames40 for your update on the Fox family. My grandparents lived in Vale Terrace, across the road from the newsagent in Glyn Terrace, so itís possible as a child I may have met Mr Fox Snr when buying comics or sweets.
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dwjames40
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Posted - 08/09/2020 :  23:25:42 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sure you would have nutandboltdarlo the entrance to the shop being the newsagent, then a room to the right being the barbers.
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Keith Marshall
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Posted - 09/09/2020 :  20:08:12 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So prior to Ron Griffiths owning the shop there was a barbers? I know my father established a barbers out the back of the shop in the mid 60s. Norman From Cefn Coed Was the first barber and then it was Roger, surnames elude me.
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butch
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Posted - 09/09/2020 :  21:42:29 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We seem to have digressed from the original topic regarding the Grammar School awards, but, with regards to Owen Fox, he used to cut my hair when I was a lad of about 7/8 yes.i am now 78yrs i have bought papers from the shop for about 60 years, to my knowledge there hasn't been another barber, other than Owen Fox there since. A young man whom I knew very well, his name was Lionel Cale, opened a Barbers shop in Glyn Ter. but it was higher up the street almost opposite Frank's fish &chip shop.
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Keith Marshall
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Posted - 09/09/2020 :  22:00:46 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thereís digression on most threads!
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