Personal St Helier memories

How to begin?

By William Dace

My time in St. Helier began in 1937. We moved from Brixton to Whitby Gardens. No one had cars, but everyone thought walking was a normal behaviour - unlike today. I started at Tweeddale School and remember my first teacher, a Miss Sharp.  I think the first headmaster was a Mr Smallman.  At the onset of war all the recreation grassed area was taken up with air raid shelters, and we spent quite a lot of lesson time in those shelters.  In the age progression I moved into the upper school - where the headmaster was a Mr.C. Whiteley, who was undressed if he wasn't carrying a cane. None of the roads around the school area were completed, being mainly cobbles and chippings. I left Tweeddale in 1943.

This page was added by William Dace on 06/08/2010.
Comments about this page

Yes, I too remember Mr Smallman as headmaster of Tweeddale Junior School in the 1940's. He was a kindly man, and as it happened of small stature.

By Winifred Tyler
On 21/09/2010

Hello William, I do remember your family in Whitby Gdns. I married the eldest of the Brewster girls, Kitty at No.23. I think Les Rowells lived near you. The most famous one out of the gardens of course was Johnny Hamp, didn't he do well? A nice man too.

By Peter Leonard
On 13/03/2011

I was living at 16, Tintern Road and courting Patricia Voice, she was living at 50, Wigmore Road and were members of the British Legion Youth Club, Newminster Road. We were married in July 1958 at St. Peter's Church, Bishopsford Road, Carshalton.

By Sidney Sussex
On 02/01/2013

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