Old West Downs Society – Memories of the Tindall Era, 1922-1954

From Dr. A.J.C. Hawks, 1948-1953

I was at W.D. from 1948-53 and was apparently a horrible little boy! I had arrived recently from spending a year in California. During my time there I had attended the local grade school and because of the different standards in teaching I was placed in a class with nine and ten year olds although only seven and a half at the time.

I was thrilled to be given a simple Kodak reflex box camera for my eighth birthday (which I still possess). I sit writing this with thirty photographs of various aspects of W.D. taken during my first year or so as a pupil. Several of them are of Staff – Mr. Severn, Mr. Jacques, Mr. Turner, Mr. Griffith, Mr. Kitchen and a rather dark print of K.B.T. I also have pictures of various boys and of the buildings both outside and inside.

Anthony Hawks (A.J.C. Hawks)