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As with all armed forces establishment sit was commonplace for individuals to gain nicknames. The number and range of a person’s nicknames were directly proportional to the regard in which they were held so John Brooke-Smith must have been highest in our affections. It is interesting how perceptions of some longer-serving members of staff changed over the years as their nicknames indicate.

There are photos of many member so staff for whom I have no names. See them here. If you know any of them please email them to me.



Surname,  Forenames
& (Nicknames)

Service
Photo
AKERS Rev Frederick (Joey) At least 1880
Taught Geography


AITKEN
Sep 1905 to ???
Taught Mathematics

Assistanat coach gig crew


ALLOTT
Jan 1910 to ???
BA who joined directly from Cambridge


"Baby"
See JOHNSTONE

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BANKS Glyn Welden Six months in 1971
Taught English

2019 Article in MNA News

2015 New Statesman article and photos


BARKER (Boowks)
At least 1966 to 197?
Nickname was because of the way he said “Get your boowks out lads”)


"Balmey"
See CROCKET

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BAYLIS Ken (Pug)
19?? to 1964
Taught Physics
1st XV and Athletics coach

"Resigned" for conduct unbecoming but still helped to a job with a boarding school in Canada


BAXTER  James Lt Cdr RNVR
1930 to 31
A part time member of staff recruited to coach the 1st XV

Born and lived in Rock Ferry. He was a member of the English Rugby Union team and an accomplished sporstman

Wikipedia Profile


BEECHENO C J
At least 1889
Taught Trigonometry
Founder of the Debating Society in 1889


"Bill"
See SIVILLE / SEWILL

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"Bill the Bishop"
See Rev WILLIAMS

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BLAKEMAN
At least 1903 when his marriage was recorded


BLANSHARD
??? to Dec 1909


BLOMFIELD Arthur Eustace
Oct 1911 (from Lewisham) to Dec 1910
Taught French and History for the Osborne Class.

In 1914 he joined the Army as a Lt in the23rd Div Amm Col RFA. He was killed in action on 27/28th Oct 1918. Buried Giavera British Cemetery, Arcade


BLOYNE F G
??? to 1917
Left to join the RNVR
Replaced by Mr Staveley


"Boowks"
See BARKER

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"Bog Brush"
See CARTER

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"Bomber"
See BRADLEY

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"Bossie"
See PHELPS

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BRADLEY Ron (Bomber)
1971 to 73
Colts, and later the first XV coach.

He had previously served in Malaysia (then Malaya), Northern Ireland and RAF Cosford

He and his family lived in the Kelvin Block flat

He built a small white dinghy there, called “Bainin”, gaelic for “little white”.

He had a blue, long-wheel base land rover with a cream roof, and towards the end of his stay, a german shepherd.

After Conway he established and managed a Field Study Centre in the Mourne Mountains, Co Down (NI) for five years and was  a member of the local mountain rescue team

He died very unexpectedly of a liver condition on January 6, 1978, aged 44


BRENCHLEY
(Flabby Guts / Jelly Baby)

Nothing more known
BRERETON W G
1947 to 51
Taught Spanish
Obituary The Cadet 1971



BROADLEY
At least 1974
Coached 1st XV

BUCKBY F
Jan 1916 to Dec 1923
Taught
Science 

He was on war service from 1917 in the Artists Rifles
He was replaced by Mr HFJ Burgess


"Buller"
See GREENWOOD

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"Bummy"
See BARTON

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BURGESS H F G
1917
Joined to replace Mr F Buckby on military service


CALDWELL
(Wrong Way / Grief)
At least 1960
Taught Physics
2nd XV coach

His nickname is explained thus: “We were playing RAF Valley at home. He was inserted into the 3/4 line to add some beef to the attack. With ball in hand he was hit hard on about their 25 yard line and spun through 180 without hesitating ran hard for the line and "scored" a five yard scrum for the opposition!”



CARROWAY David (Spare Bags)
Nothing more known


CARTER
(Spogsh / Bog-Brush)

Years tbd
Senior Master calculus, also taught navigation.
Acting Headmaster during the war while TEWB was on active service

His Bog Brush nickname was because of his crew cut
Spoke with a slight lisp

Perfectly ambidextrous, could write on the blackboard from left to right with his left hand and in the midlle swap the chalk to his right hand and keep writing

“Once he set a Maths exam which was so difficult nobody could do it (average was about 2%) and they had to re-scale all the results. I was quite good at Maths but I only got about 15% I think.”


"Charlie"
See LIGHT J


"Colonel Guncotton" See CREIGHTON


CORT J C P
Jan 1912 - Dec 1923
Taught English
Joined the forces during WW1



"Creeping Jesus"
Seer PREEN

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CREIGHTON J A
(Colonel Guncotton)
13 years including Autumn term 1920
Taught Mathematics

Previously a master in Worcerster
Obituary The Cadet 1959



CULLINGWORTH
??? to July 1903, left for a post in Cairo


"Cupid"
See Rev WILLIAMS


D'AMARAL J
1932-45
Taught Spanish 

"Patience, unfailing good humour and even temper"
Left Conway to beceom Portuguese Consulaet GenEral in London. Profile



"DJ"
See Dale-Jones

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DALE-JONES (Peanut)
1950s
Taught English
Bantams coach for a while

"I got on well with him though he was generally disliked”

“The most lunatic evening was when 'Peanut' Davies was OOD. During cinema the projector was acting up (when didn't it?). As a result the time overran into supper (cocoa and a lump of seed cake). 'Peanut' stormed in and insisted that the cinema was stopped immediately. Naturally, the assembled cadets were not amused and no amount of reasoning could dissuade him. Somehow the word spread that there would be a 'silent protest' at prayers before supper. Sure enough, 'Peanut' found himself singing the hymn alone. The meal (cocoa and a lump of seed cake) was in silence. 'Peanut' just grinned and chuckled. After All Hands were in bed and Rounds had taken place, 'Peanut' ordered each dormitory in turn to get out of bed, dress in shoes and run up and down the stairs 3 times and then assemble in the Mess Hall. Us POs were expected to accelerate the slow coaches - no way! On arrival at the Mess Hall, with the organist at the 'Wurlitzer', all had to sing the whole of 'Oh God our help in ages passed'. Then run up the stairs again to bed. This went on until all the dorms had done it. 'Peanut' thought the whole thing very amusing. Somehow the night's performance came to the attention of TEWB who interviewed 'Peanut' the next day. He was much more conciliatory after that.”



DAVIES
At least 1972-3
Caoched 1st XV


"Dithery Dan"
See PHILLIPS

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"Dodo"
See Woolley

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DOBSON Thomas
Early 1900s
Deputy Headmaster
ex Naval School Greenwich


EBDON F W
Aug 1905 to ???
Taught French
Football and cricket team coach
Joined from St Johns School, Leatherhead


EECKLES
Jan 1915 to Oct 1915
Taught French

Joined from Antwerp University to cover for a member of staff serving in the forces
Left to take a position in the Belgian Government


EDWARDS Gwillym Rhys
Taught Geography

Crossed The Bar 2013


ELLIOTT Norman S
Jan 1925 to ???
Taught Spanish


"Esso"
See SUTCLIFFE

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FEASEY (Yo Ho)
Nothing more known


"Flabby Guts"
See BRENCHLEY
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FOGARTY (Frog / Fogas)
1960s
Taught ???
Form master
Bantams(?) Coach


"Fogas"
See FOGARTY
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FFOULKES Sam
1942-49
Taught history and geography
“A quiet, gentle man with a dry sense of humour”


FOZARD (Geasy)
April 1956 To 1974
Taught Spanish

He would speak just a few words of English to cadets in their first lesson - “The best way to learn a language is to use a language. From now on I shall only address you in Spanish. Sienta te!” That was it; from then on it was all Spanish.

Tennis and hockey coach

"A dapper graceful man, always smart and renowned for his slicked back brylcreamed hair." "A short, plump man with a sleek, black, brylcreemed hairdo and a Latin look, naturally he taught Spanish (later he was also the foclse divisional master). He had a parrot in his cabin."


A member of the Magic Circle and was prone to performing tricks on unsuspecting cadets

"For 3 years Fozard worked in Lima in Peru before returning to join the training ship HMS Conway based at Anglesey in North Wales. For 18 years he worked with the students as a teacher and advisor. He always made himself available to the students and evidence of their high regard for him has been forthcoming ever since. One did not need to be long in conversation with Geoff before mention was made of Conway and his happiness there. He joined the staff of the Catholic High School in Chester in 1974 as Head of Modern Languages. But truth to say, Conway's loss was the Catholic High School's gain. Again he won the respect and high regard of his colleagues and the many pupils he helped along the way."

He died in 1978 after a long illness



FOULTON W F
Sep 1923 to ???
Taught Science
Rugby coach



"Frog"
See FOGARTY

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"Gaff"
See KING

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GAVIN
??? to Dec 1901


GEPP
Autumn 1937 to ???
Taught mathematics as the regular teacher was ill.

Appointed by Lawrence Holt, the Conway Committee Chairman
He was an Old Pangbournian and held an Extra Master’s Certificate


GOODEY (Lads)
1960s

Mountaineer


"Greasy"
See FOZARD and RHYS-EVANS

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GREEN C E
??? to Oct 1911
Taught French and History for the Osborne Class


Staff RNC Dartmouth 1926


GREENLAND D G
Circa 1959-62

Graduated from York with a music degree, an accomplished musician

National service in the Royal Artillery

Married in 1963

Left and joined the RAF as a PE Tesacher later promoted Sqn Ldr and  CO of the Falcons display team

Later joined the SAS when he disappeared and was not seen again by Conway or friends

Obit and photos

GREENWOOD T J C
(Buller / TJCG)
1908 to 1943
Taught Geography

He lived at Tranmere but moved to Beaumaris when the ship shifted from Rock Ferry to Glyn Garth.

He suffered a heart attack on the Beaumaris Town Green at  rugby match, and subsequently died. A requiem communion service was held at his home by the ship's chaplain and the cadets formed a guard of honour as the funeral party left for Bangor station.

He was the grandfather of
Ian Robertson (52-54)


"Grief"
See CALDWELL

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GRIME
At least 1903
He married oin the summer of 1903


HALL J H
1917 to ???
BSc
Replacement for  Mr C G Smith who left to join the RNVR


HAMPSON (Jackie)
??? to Aug 1955
Taught Science

Term master for the 1954 intake

A keen amateur photographer and took many of the photos onboard the ship during her last passage from Plas Newydd, see 1953 Loss albums

He retired in Sep 55 and lived in Somerset until he died in 2005



HARGRAVES (Strike)
Nothing more known


HARRIS (Jet)
At least 1967
Assistant Cioach 1st XV

Nothing more known


HARRISon
At least 1967

Nothing more known


HUKKINSON Thomas
1881
Taught English



"Humph"
See KINGSFORD
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HUTCHINSON E H
1880s to 1885/6

The May 1889 The Cadet magazine carried an article click here"some years ago"  and moved to Ceylon to become a tea planter. He became a tea planter with the Carolina Tea Company in 1886 click here so must have reisgned in 1885-6.

There are photos of his house in Ambagambauwa here.
about him observing that he had resigned


IVEY Charles (Skipper)
Nothing more known


"Jackie"
See HAMPSON

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"Jelly Baby"
See BRENCHLEY

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"Jet"
See HARRIS


JOHNSON (Baby)
1960s
Taught English
Coach Bantams XV


JONES (Trog)
At least 1960
Taught English

“A very Welsh accent and a small moustache (no connection), taught English and seemed to me a very placid sort of guy. He had to be to put up with disruptive types like me. He lived away from the school, but no doubt took his turn as duty teacher on occasions when others were away.”

JONES Percy
Dec 1916 to ???
Temporary French Master to cover for a member of staff serving in the forces



"Ken"
See BAYLISS

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KIDLEY
Jan 1916 to ???
Temporary  Master to cover for a member of staff serving in the forces

He was a retired Cunard Line officer



KING (Gaff)
Nothing more known


KINGSFORD Paul
(Humph in the 50s
Newie around 1961
Ning Ning / Sping in the 60s)
194? To 1974
Taught History
Coach Colts XV  “Fire in your bellies”
Coached 1st XI

Despite strong rumours that he had once played chess with Rommel in the Western desert one OC recalls "he also referred to the Rommel story, and without being able to remember the full story, I can tell you that he told us that it was in fact not true"



KIRKBY (Rip)
A North Countryman


KIRKHAM David
1971-74
Taught English and Housemaster
Coach of the rugby XV in which there was a rather elegant fly-half called Iain Duncan Smith and an even more elegant centre called Clive Woodward.

Born at Wembley in 1943, he went to the Skinners' Company's School in Tunbridge Wells and thereafter to Pembroke College, Cambridge. At Pembroke he read for the English Tripos. Cambridge was followed by two years lecturing at university, firstly at the University of Alexandria in Egypt, and secondly at the University of Cologne. After a year studying for his PGCE at the Institute of Education in London, he set off for Alberta in Canada teaching at Eastglen Senior High School. In 1970 he returned to this country spending a year at the Vintners Secondary School in Maidstone

After Conway he moved to the Newport Free Grammar School.

He said that his Conway experience "taught me how marvelously self-reliant, inventive and miserable children could be at a boarding school." "

Meeting David was like being hit by a hurricane, or perhaps a Tempest to use a more literary expression.”

"Under all his professionalism, there lies a quiet, courteous family man whose interests lie in gardening and astronomy"



"Lads"
See GOODEY
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LIGHT Charles
At least 1894


LIGHT Joseph (Charlie)
At least 1870 to Oct 1898
Taught Mathematics


MCNAUGHT
??? to 1914 whwn he left to join up


MACKNESS
??? to Dec 1901


MEUNIER
At least 1885 - 1905
Taught French


MILLROY (Stoolie)
1951-55
Taught Science  and possibly English

He rode a 125 motor bike with a huge crash helmet


MOON H J
At least Autumn term 1920
Taught History



MORGAN James
1903 to 1906
Taiught Mathematics to the old Navy Osborne Class

Re-joined July 1911 to at least 1920
Taught Mathematics and the RN Class
In 1920 he was the Senior Master

Educated at Beaumaris Grammar School and Jesus College, Oxford


MURPHY (Spud / The Sheriff)
Taught Navigation “Oh he of perfect circles”

The Sheriff – because he was for a while the Mayor of Beaumaris which he  pronounced "B.E.A.U. (pause) Maris"

“Great sense of humour"

He had an ancient car which he called Snowball

He was one of the very few who held an extra masters ticket in both steam and sail


Cadets' reminiscences

MYIROL
??? to Aug 1955
Left to get married


NAYLOR
May to Oct 1915
Temporary Master  to cover for a member of staff serving in the forces.

He left to become British Vice Consul in Tromso, Norway



"Newie"
See KINGSFORD
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OWEN (Spike)
Nothing more known
PALM Roland
May-June 1960
Taught PE for a short period

He wanted to join the staff but there was no funds even thought the previous PE Teacher (Mr Skinner) had died in 1959.

He was a Silver medallist in the 56 Olympics. He came from Helsinbourg, Sweden and was invited to Conway by the then headmaster after several visits to Sweden by Conway cadets

“It was incredible watching him doing crucifixes and handstands on the rings up by the cricket pitch.”



"Peanut"
See DAVIES

PHILLIPS (Dithery Dan)
Nothing more known
PING
Dec 1915 to ???
temporary Master in cover for a member of staff serving in the forces

He came from St Albans School



PREEN
(Creeping Jesus aka Treen)

Early 50s to  Aug 1955
Taught English and replaced Dale Jones

His nickname was after the creatures who inhabited Venus in Dan Dare's strip in the Eagle comic

He organised the dramatic society



"Pug"
See BAYLISS
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PULLEN
??? to Jul 1907
Assistant Master



"Quack"
See POTTER W

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"Quacko" See POTTER W

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"The Red Maggot"
1940-43
Taught Science

“No idea what his surname was but I still know how a moving galvanometer works (I think)”


RHYS-EVANS (Greasy)
At least 1960
Taught English

He lived somewhere in Caernarfon was picked up by the duty boat in P.D. - as were all members of staff not living onboard



"Rip"
See KIRBY

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ROONEY
1961 to Dec 1962
Taught Maths, Science and Navigation

A qualified Master Mariner

Previoulsy taught at Worcester

Profile (his own Notes) and photos



SANDERSON T R
At least 1952-3
Taught Spanish

 "...a master, whom I remember partly because of his talent in teaching, but also because of his quiet and gentlemanly manner."



SAVAGE G H
At least Autumn term 1920
Taught French



"Sheriff"
See MURPHY
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SIVILLE / SEWILL (Bill)
1950s.

"Very quiet chap. Much liked and respected. I think that he was minus one lung due to being torpedoed on a tanker in the North Atlantic"


"Skipper"
See IVEY

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SMITH C G
??? to 1917
Left to join the RNVR and was replaced by Mr JH Hall BSc



SNEATH
At least Oct 1898 and seems to have been in post for some years Taught Sports - reference to football and Sneath's Sixes"

He ran the choral society and the debating society



"Spare Bags"
See CARROWAY
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"Spike"
See OWEN

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"Sping"
See KINGSFORD

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"Spogsh"
See CARTER

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"Spud"
See MURPHY

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STACEY J W
Sep 1924 to ???
PTI
The photo from 1938 is believed to be him


STAVELEY E
1917 to ???

Replaced F G Bloyne who left to join the RNVR
MA (Oxon)


"Stoolie"
See MILLROY

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"Strike"
See HARGRAVES

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STUART A H
Sep 1904 to ???

 "A worthy colleague ... a valuable preceptor and sympathetic friend"


STUART Jas
Oct 1898 to  Jul 1911
Senior Master

In partnership with Captain Miller he formed a nautical school in South Street, Liverpool to coach candidates for their BoT examinations


SUTCLIFFE (Esso)
1906-07
Taught Mathematics

Obituary The Cadet 1959


THOMAS Howell
At least Autumn term 1920
Taught Mathematics


TOPHAM
At least 1964
Coach of Colts(?) rugby XV


THWAITES
Sep 1960

"A very tall thin teacher with glasses"



"Treen"
See PREEN

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VINER
Sep 1905 to ???
Taught Drawing


WEATHERHEAD
Oct 1898 to ???

Had a  "distinguished career at Cambridge"


WILLIAMS WL Rev
(Cupid / Bill The Bishiop))
At least 1951 to 1960
Taught Mathematics

“Always hidden behind a newspaper, hardly ever saw his face!”.

Believed to have been a Padre in the RN. "Defrocked, or so we chose to believe"

“Loved his ale" "He  drank, quite heavily, and his blue-veined claws of hands shook like aspens in a breeze during the day’s first lesson”

He was soft-hearted, and discipline was kept by consent: we liked him, which was enough. His way of teaching (which got me, a confirmed mathematical moron, a GCE “O” Level on the second attempt) was to say at the start of the lesson, “Right, then, gentlemen – if you want to learn, sit at the front. If you don’t, sit at the back and write a book or read a letter, but keep quiet.” He would frequently drop the chalk if the hangover was particularly shocking, and we’d offer helpful suggestions, like “Take the day off, sir!” or “Have a lie-down, sir – we won’t tell!” or “Hair of the dog, sir?” But we didn’t press our advantage. We regarded him with a kind of pitying affection, and it was rumoured (groundlessly as far as I knew) that he had a stunningly beautiful daughter. Why he was called Cupid was a mystery to me, unless the rumour had something to do with it.”


WOOLLEY (Dodo)
1970s
Taught Science


"Wrong Way"
See CALDWELL

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WOOD A L
Jan 1902 to 1939 after 37 yeasr service
Taught Navigation
Hockey XI coach

Joined from Greenwich Observatory, previoulsy at the RN Hopsital School.

Profile


WYATT H M
30th Apr 1901 to ??
Coached athletics and other games

When he left the cadets presented him with a dressing case in "token of thier esteem and regard for him, and to show their appreciation of the valuable services which he has rendered." See The Cadet 1901 May. 

He moved to Fareham College



WYKES
??? to Jul 1907
Assitant Master


"Yo Ho"
See FEASEY

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