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Evacuees from Buckingham Gate Central School
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Evacuees from Buckingham Gate Central School

These are the 'lads' from Buckingham Gate Central School, London, who were evacuated to Nymans during the second World War and were accommodated in the Great Hall.
Picture added on 16 August 2012 at 21:06
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In about 2000 Miss Daphne Dengate wrote "Eventually war was imminent. We were in the big Hall at Nymans preparing beds for evacuees as we had been told we were to have mothers and babies when the footman walked in and said "It's come". That's when Poland was invaded and we knew what that meant. Instead of mothers and babies, sixteen boys and two masters arrived and stayed with a few changes throughout the war. The rest of their school, Buckingham Gate, London, was billeted in Handcross and they shared the Parish Hall and the village school for lessons and a canteen. The Nymans boys had their meals there and were generally looked after by the staff."
Added by Barry Ray on 22 August 2012
I was at the reunion in 2004. I am eighth from the left but I am sorry to say that cannot recall the names of the others.
I was one of the Nymans' boys but stood out because I came to Handcross via Wisborough Green being an evacuee from Portsmouth. I was at Buckingham Gate School from August 1943 to just the early part of 1945 when I went back to Portsmouth and went to Portsmouth Southern Grammar School.
Added by Terry Coble on 17 September 2016
The Nymans Boys were known by their nicknames, given by their teacher Mr Lambert (Larry the Lamb).
It is difficult to recall them by their actual names.
Added by Ray Garrod on 03 March 2017
Would be interesting if the "boys" in the above photo could provide their Nymans' nicknames to help identify them.
Added by Ray Garrod on 03 March 2017
The nicknames that I can recall, but not identify them in the photo, are:-
Frank Bryant - Whiskers
Robert Monks - Bumpuss
Harry Lovett - Lumpey
Dunn - Bomber
and not sure if this was Nymans:
Alsengeest - Boots
Kinder - Tubby
There were others but I cannot say their nicknames.
Added by Terry (Mousey) Coble on 05 March 2017
Hi, I am a teacher at Handcross Primary School. We are going to be doing a topic on evacuation in September and it would be fantastic for the children to know about the local history in their village.
Is there anyone who was involved in the evacuation process locally who would mind getting in touch or maybe even talking to the children about their experiences?
Please feel free to contact me on if you would be interested in talking to me.
Thank you
Charlotte Sturkey
Added by Charlotte Sturkey on 01 May 2017
Dilly Dowling was the Maths master at Nymans and taught the boys during the war.
Added by Louis Lai on 29 June 2019
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