I would also like to suggest contributions on headmasters by name. Hope this doesn't sound formalistic
Oswald (HLO) Flecker. After Hamilton Fyfe he was the great early Horsham period headmaster. It must have been hells difficult to run a big public school at a time when younger masters were in the wars. and soon afterwards also, and all the more so when so many boys came from tough backgrounds. That's another topic.
I write to correct an error in another contribution which gives a false impression. In it, it's said that Oswald Flecker was known as 'Oily Flecker'. No, that's not correct, plus it implies that he was seen as a greasy-type character, which is quite wrong. My recollection, of his final years, was that he was seen as
His nickname was 'The Oil'. Just that. The reason (well before my time) was that when he became headmaster he addressed the school, and in his speech he said 'I like to think that you are the machine, and I am the oil'. Well! Did that stick!
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I think the main criticism of Flecker must be that he stayed too long -- 25 years. And one gets the impression that towards the end, his supervision of the staff resembled that of the Irish RC hierarchy over its priests -- lax at best. If he'd left soon after the war (and everyone -- even Buck, who hated him -- agrees that he saw the school through it superbly) it probably would have been better for his reputation, and certain reforms might have come sooner.
His funeral service was held in CH Chapel in the presence of his ashes. I attended as a 12-year-old out of curiosity.
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I never did get to the bottom of why Buckie loathed The Oil so heartily - I have heard that it was because of HLOF switching the school from Latin to Greek. Allegedly after a heavy evening in the Common Room Buckie was said to have urinated on the 'HEADMASTER' plaque beside The Oil's front door. But then Buckie was rather a flawed diamond, as became apparent. In retrospect I don't think much of him as a housemaster.
But then nor did I ever understand why Buckie had such a loathing for CS Lang (who had left well before I arrived).
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memories of his time in charge of the school. One of the problems in getting a well rounded account would be that most reminiscences would naturally be of the relationship of pupil to Head Master. As far as I am aware his three children are all still alive.
Over to somebody perhaps.
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