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World War II Headmaster's Log Book

Recently a log book has been found dating back from 8th April 1929 to 29th April 1943 written by the headmaster at the time. Some of the pages in these images are referenced in the recent news article on the website 'A Sentimental History of Rooks Heath at War'. This gallery also features an image of the whole school in 1950 as well as some sports teams from the school.

  • Log Book 1 (2)

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    Log Book 1 (2)
  • Pg 265- 27th April 1942 to 4th May 1942

    28th April 1942 I am instructed by Local Office that in the event of invasion: 1) I shall receive notification of ‘STAND TO’ warning via ‘Welldon Park School’ 2) I must transmit such message to ‘Earlsmead School Corfe Avenue’

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    Pg 265- 27th April 1942 to 4th May 1942
    28th April 1942 I am instructed by Local Office that in the event of invasion: 1) I shall receive notification of ‘STAND TO’ warning via ‘Welldon Park School’ 2) I must transmit such message to ‘Earlsmead School Corfe Avenue’
  • Pg 221- 4th October 1940 to 8th October 1940(1)

    8th October 1940 School should have started at 10am but air raid on till 10:25. Before the classes had assembled a further warning was given. Registers were closed in the trenches about 10:45. Raid on as I write, but no guns or hostile aircraft in evidence yet.

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    Pg 221- 4th October 1940 to 8th October 1940(1)
    8th October 1940 School should have started at 10am but air raid on till 10:25. Before the classes had assembled a further warning was given. Registers were closed in the trenches about 10:45. Raid on as I write, but no guns or hostile aircraft in evidence yet.
  • Pg 212- 26th August 1940 to 27th August 1940(1)

    26th August 1940 An air raid warning was given at 3:30pm and lasted till 4:10pm approx. No hostile aircraft appeared but the arrangements (this was really our first public performance) worked smoothly and well. 27th August 1940 An air raid warning of about 6 and a half hours duration last night (9:30pm—4am) during which hostile aircraft were overhead the whole of the time with intermittent bombing in the immediate surrounding neighbourhood has resulted in only one third of normal attendance.

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    Pg 212- 26th August 1940 to 27th August 1940(1)
    26th August 1940 An air raid warning was given at 3:30pm and lasted till 4:10pm approx. No hostile aircraft appeared but the arrangements (this was really our first public performance) worked smoothly and well. 27th August 1940 An air raid warning of about 6 and a half hours duration last night (9:30pm—4am) during which hostile aircraft were overhead the whole of the time with intermittent bombing in the immediate surrounding neighbourhood has resulted in only one third of normal attendance.
  • Pg 211- 12th August 1940 to 26th August 1940(1)

    26th August 1940 This morning was partly spent in rearrangement of procedure in the event of air raids and alarms. Experience of this last week end suggests that as the bombs are now falling in some cases before the sirens give the alarm. The children must be able to go to the shelters instantly. They therefore must have their Respirators with them even at play time; and number positions have been indicated for each class to place its Respirators, and practice given in going from an alarm in the playground.

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    Pg 211- 12th August 1940 to 26th August 1940(1)
    26th August 1940 This morning was partly spent in rearrangement of procedure in the event of air raids and alarms. Experience of this last week end suggests that as the bombs are now falling in some cases before the sirens give the alarm. The children must be able to go to the shelters instantly. They therefore must have their Respirators with them even at play time; and number positions have been indicated for each class to place its Respirators, and practice given in going from an alarm in the playground.
  • Pg 206- 14th May 1940 to 15th May 1940(1)

    14th May 1940 School has reopened today Tuesday, instead of on Thursday as was arranged. This is owing to the decree of the Government that all schools shall reopen where closed for Whitsun. Mr Simpson who normally would have not returned after Whitsun, as he ‘joins up’ on Thursday, is back on duty till he goes. The new air shelters are nearly complete, and owing to the urgency of the matter, we had preliminary shelter drill in the new shelters today.

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    Pg 206- 14th May 1940 to 15th May 1940(1)
    14th May 1940 School has reopened today Tuesday, instead of on Thursday as was arranged. This is owing to the decree of the Government that all schools shall reopen where closed for Whitsun. Mr Simpson who normally would have not returned after Whitsun, as he ‘joins up’ on Thursday, is back on duty till he goes. The new air shelters are nearly complete, and owing to the urgency of the matter, we had preliminary shelter drill in the new shelters today.
  • Pg 205- 29th April 1940 to 10th May 1940(1)

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    Pg 205- 29th April 1940 to 10th May 1940(1)
  • Pg 196- 18th October 1939 to 6th November 1939(1)

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    Pg 196- 18th October 1939 to 6th November 1939(1)
  • Pg 195- 29th September 1939 to 18th October 1939(1)

    18th October 1939 School opens. 382 boys arrive including several new comers. Temporary registers are taken into use. Classes, individually first of all are taken to the trench shelter accommodation to use the children to their positions. Gas masks next are examined for condition and fitting. Later the whole school are practised in going to the trenches together.

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    Pg 195- 29th September 1939 to 18th October 1939(1)
    18th October 1939 School opens. 382 boys arrive including several new comers. Temporary registers are taken into use. Classes, individually first of all are taken to the trench shelter accommodation to use the children to their positions. Gas masks next are examined for condition and fitting. Later the whole school are practised in going to the trenches together.
  • Pg 194- 4th September 1939 to 29th September 1939(1)

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    Pg 194- 4th September 1939 to 29th September 1939(1)
  • Pg 193-30th August 1939 to 4th September 1939(1)

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    Pg 193-30th August 1939 to 4th September 1939(1)
  • Eastcote Lane County Secondary Boys School 1950

    Easter photo of all the Senior boys and their teachers

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    Eastcote Lane County Secondary Boys School 1950
    Easter photo of all the Senior boys and their teachers
  • 1942 Cricket Team Eastcote Lane Senior Boys

    1942 School Cricket Team

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    1942 Cricket Team Eastcote Lane Senior Boys
    1942 School Cricket Team
  • 1938 Football Team of Eastcote Lane Senior Boys

    1938 School Football Team

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    1938 Football Team of Eastcote Lane Senior Boys
    1938 School Football Team
  • Pg 222- 8th October 1940 to 10th October 1940(1)

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    Pg 222- 8th October 1940 to 10th October 1940(1)
  • Pg 223- 11th October 1940 to 15th October 1940(1)

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    Pg 223- 11th October 1940 to 15th October 1940(1)
  • Pg 224-15th October 1940 to 18th October 1940(1)

    17th October 1940 The Police have reported the presence of an 8 feet land mine, unexploded in a house on the corner of Eastcote and Field End Lanes. As a precautionary measure, in consultation with per marsh, it has been decided to close school for today until the mine can be rendered harmless. The children have been turned homewards as they arrive.

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    Pg 224-15th October 1940 to 18th October 1940(1)
    17th October 1940 The Police have reported the presence of an 8 feet land mine, unexploded in a house on the corner of Eastcote and Field End Lanes. As a precautionary measure, in consultation with per marsh, it has been decided to close school for today until the mine can be rendered harmless. The children have been turned homewards as they arrive.
  • Pg 255- 8th January 1942 to 19th January 1942(1)

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    Pg 255- 8th January 1942 to 19th January 1942(1)
  • Pg 256- 19th January 1942 to 30th January 1942(1)

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    Pg 256- 19th January 1942 to 30th January 1942(1)
  • Pg 257- 30th January 1942 to 9th February 1942(1)

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    Pg 257- 30th January 1942 to 9th February 1942(1)
  • Pg 258- 11th February 1942 to 16th February 1942(1)

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    Pg 258- 11th February 1942 to 16th February 1942(1)
  • Pg 264- 13th April 1942 to 24th April 1942(3)

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    Pg 264- 13th April 1942 to 24th April 1942(3)