St Johns School For Boys

A Memory of Weymouth.

Army child and went to eight different schools 1936-1946. There was an all boys school called St Johns at Weymouth. On one of my return trips to my native county from Canada, I was perturbed to see it had been pulled down . I understand it was done just a year inside it's designation as a historical building. In place I saw a building called St Johns bed and breakfast.
My year there was 1938 and graphic pictures adorned the walls of the class room. One showed the English Army before Agincourt. Far from an idealistic portrayal, it showed the army weak and suffering deprivation before facing the French. In reading class we were told to repeat in unison from large black hard covered bibles. I was put in another class because I could read well. Alas maths was not my strength.
A little shop was across the road and a popular sale was of a metal "bomb". It had two parts and caps were placed in between. Only about two inches long. A string held it together. I remember a boy slinging one down on the pavement, "bang" it went. I remember a gentleman saying "damn them" or similar. The shop was still there.
We stayed at 3 Commercial Road - a Miss Pape was the landlady. My dad was at "Red Barracks".

Added 02 August 2015


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