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Who’s who: A-D
These pages record details of Old Almondburians as passed on to us over the years. Although believed to be generally accurate at the time they were submitted, they have not been regularly updated and the information they contain should therefore be used with discretion.

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RUTH  AINLEY
(1979-1984)
Recently returned from the US where resided for the past 14 years. Now living in East Yorkshire. Marketing manager for European Division of Kay Chemical. Married to Andy, 3 children (8, 5 and 6 months): Hannah, Luke and May. Looking forward to a reunion of fellow KJS classmates at the 400th anniversary dinner!
ROBERT ANTHONY BAILEY
(1950-1955)
Chairman/Treasurer 59 (Huddersfield); Secretary Royal Air Force Association (RADA) Huddersfield; President Huddersfield Commercial Travellers Association (HCTA); Director and Shares Secretary, Marsh United Bowling Club Ltd (MUBC); now semi retired with two children and four grandchildren. Ex committee man for the OAS.
MARGARET  BALLARD
(1976-1981)
Worked in Reading as a computer manager for a small company after leaving Reading University. Now live in Southampton with two young children, Louise (6) and Richard (4) and married (happily) to Steve. Also have one hairy dog Honey. Miss the views and hills of Huddersfield, but enjoy the warmth and sun down here. Have just purchased a yacht, so will probably get cold and wet.
HELEN  BATES
(1990-1995)
Having left KJS in 1995, I attended Greenhead College and then continued my studies at Oxford University, from where I graduated with a Maths degree in 2000. I then moved to London and worked at the Investment Bank, JP Morgan for almost six years, in a trading floor role selling derivatives. During my time at JPM I also met my husband Niall and we were married in Huddersfield in April 2005. In 2006 we both gave up our city jobs and spent six months travelling the world before moving to start a new life in the South of France. We have now lived in Cannes for almost a year, setting up a property rental company. We have bought, renovated and now rent apartments in the centre of the town for holidays and conferences. We have a website at www.chicgites.com. I get back to Huddersfield two or three times a year to follow the fortunes (mis) of ‘Town’ from afar.
BOB LINDSEY BEAUMONT
(1968-1976)
With the big five – oh only 4 months away, life is taking on major shifts for me. After almost 15 years with Kodak, I was recently sold off with the rest of the health group to become Carestream Health in Hemel Hemstead, where I have strategic purchasing responsibility for warehousing and transport across Europe, Africa and Middle East. (That stalwart of the Photographic Society, NK Parsons is still at Kodak) After 10 years with our local youth football club, I have no team to coach next season, but it took only 2 weeks of looking forward to being ‘just a Dad’ to get myself roped into senior club Buntingford Town as vice chairman, where the assistant manager is a former 1st X1 opponent from St. Gregorys, one Tony Galvin, who was also a contemporary of mine at Hull University before his glory with Spurs and Ireland. One constant is home with Hilary, long suffering wife of 26 years and sons, Liam (17) and Jordan (13) in rural mid-Bedfordshire. We have just reached 19 years residence in Clifton (which is not as long as near neighbour, Barry Livesey, who was at KJGS some years before me). The school ’s 400th anniversary coincides with the 40th year since my year group took its first nervous strides down St. Helen ’s Gate. Anyone fancy organizing a reunion? It’s not my turn: D.G.C and I did it 20 years ago!
ROBERT JOHN BEST
(1965-1971)
After leaving school, I went to Sheffield Polytechnic and gained a BA in Public Administration. This led to a career in Housing Management in Sunderland and then NE Derbyshire District Council, where I was head of housing for 20 years. In 1999 I left to join the private sector and am now a Housing and Regeneration Consultant. I left Derbyshire after 28 years to move to Formby on Merseyside before Christmas with my wife Susan. We have two grown up children, Jennifer who has emigrated to New Zealand and Andrew who lives in Manchester. My brother Andrew, four years younger, who also went to KJGS is also married with two grown up children, lives in Bradford and is an Inspector in the West Yorkshire Police. I still keep in touch with Bernie Hoyle, Pete Vickerman and Stu Sykes from school.
NORRIS BONSER
(1947-1954)
Mechanical Engineering degree at Leeds University. Worked at ICI (Huddersfield), David Brown Industries, Stone Platt Industries, Oldham Hansen Transmissions, Kent & Leeds BTR Industries and finally Brook Motors and retired in 1996. Was secretary of the OAS in the early 60s.
GARY DOUGLAS BOOTHROYD
(1961-1968)
Since leaving KJS I trained to become a P.E. teacher at St. Paul’s College, Cheltenham, gaining Honours degree at Bristol University. Taught for 28 years in Birmingham, becoming Head of P.E. faculty at Holle School in Aston. Returned to North Yorkshire in 2000. Took up a writing career and published ‘Are You a Proper Teacher, Sir?’ – memoirs of a P.E. teacher in the inner city. I am working on a novel and a third book, hoping for publication in 2008. Huddersfield Town season ticket holder and member of Bedale Golf Club.
MICHAEL  BORYSLAWSKYJ
(1963-1969)
Left school in 1969 and went to work at the then College of Technology on Queensgate (subsequently the University of Huddersfield). Employed as a technician in the Dept. of Chemistry. Studied for a degree in Biochemistry with Clinical Chemistry. Promoted through Senior Technician, Chief Technician through to Superintendent of Labratories. Studied for a PhD in Biochemistry, which I obtained in 1991. I then studied for the Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety and was appointed as the University Health & Safety Advisor. In 1996 I was appointed as the head of the office of Health & Safety and Occupational Health and a member of the senior staff of the University. I took early retirement for the University in 2005 at the age of 52. Now an independent consultant, married to Bernadette for 32 years with two daughters in their 20s. Hobbies include motorhomes and photography. Currently chairman of the local camping and caravanning club.
DAVID BRADLEY
(1946-1952)
I trained in the electricity supply industry, taking the part-time route to professional qualifications as an engineer. Apart from two years in the Royal Air Force, I worked for the whole of my career in electricity generation. Having been drawn into the Scout movement I worked for some years with young people and then became as Assistant County Commissioner training adults for 18 years. I am retired now, with a wife, two daughters and five grandchildren. There is still time for a few voluntary jobs though!
REGGIE BYRAM
(1946-1954)
I entered the school after the war and made friendships that endure to this day.

After school, I served two years of National Service, as a non-combatant. Then, being idealistic, I trained as a nurse at Storthes Hall Hospital, Kirkburton. After six years, which I enjoyed, I turned to education. I qualified as a teacher and taught for five years in FE in Leeds. In 1970 I applied to the Ministry of Overseas Development and was sent to Zambia. I worked as HOD English in a secondary school and in teacher training. Toward the end of my six years in Zambia, I married Hope, and we have enjoyed a wonderful marriage. In 1977, again through the Ministry of Overseas Development, we went to Botswana., and stayed for twelve years. On our return, I worked as a lecturer at Bolton University (then an Institute), teaching English to foreign and Commonwealth students studying for the Master's degree. I have had published many textbooks - for Anglophone Africa, Turkey and China - and novels (the latter usually under pseudonyms) from Macmillan, Pearson International imprints, Continuum and   Profile Books. My best-selling novel has been Dead Men Don't Talk by John Tembo from Pearson/Heinemann. If you want to sell in Africa, you need an African pseudonym. My wife and I still live in Huddersfield. We have three adult children who are all doing well in their chosen professions.
PETER  CARTER
(1963-1970)
Graduated university College London, 1973-LLB, called to Bar 1974, Queen’s Counsel 1995. Practice from 18 Red Lion Court, London. Chairman of Bar Human Rights committee 2003-2005.
DAVID IAN CHAPPELL
(1934-1939)
Have worked for Midland Bank (now HSBC) for 35 years, with an interlude on army service from 1941-1946, serving with The Royal Deccan House, Indian Army for three years in India and Burma. Past member of Headingley, Leeds and Wakefield Golf Club, an active walker and bird watcher. Have now retired with my wife to the RMBJ Home at Connaught Court, York.
PETER  CLARKE
(1948-1956)
Since my last contact with the OAS, when I was one of the ‘class of 1948’ who attended the 1998 dinner, I have had no direct contact with Huddersfield. Our family are now living across the UK, Margaret and I have been living in the Isle of Man since 1997. We moved there after I took early retirement from my job as Principal of Harrogate College. Since then I have developed another ’career’ as a management consultant with clients in the Isle of Man, North West England and The Channel Islands. I keep saying each year that I will retire, but never actually do anything about it. However, the fact that I have just reached 70 and have bought a 2nd home in France might prove to be a catalyst! I received letters from John Dyson and John Earnshaw (members of the 1948 brigade) following my 70th birthday and hope to meet up with them and other friends from the past at the 2008 dinner.
JOHN VICTOR COLLIER
(1957-1963)
On leaving school in July 1963 I immediately went to work for a firm of chartered accountants in Huddersfield. In the September I went to Huddersfield Tech to enrol for ‘A’ level English and found the tutor to be none other that the renowned Jock Anderson. In 1967 I joined the civil service. My ‘postings’ included a spell at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, where I came into contact with David Morphet, who had been head boy at KJGS during my first year. Apart from a 7 year spell of self employment I have been in the civil service ever since and now work for HM Revenue & Customs. I continue to support, remotely but passionately, Huddersfield Town. I enjoy most kinds of music, play the piano and am currently Chair of Charlton Male Voice Choir in Nottingham. I have three married daughters, three grandchildren and three step-grandchildren. I am married for the second time and my wife has a son and a daughter.
SCOTT  COSSEY
(1983-1987)
Left KJS in 1987 with little but good memories to show for it. Survived in retail for the following years with long breaks in Southern Europe until becoming aware of the importance of a sound education. Entered University of Portsmouth through Access (the easy and only option) to complete a Degree in International Trade with Spanish and Italian, miraculously finishing with an Upper Second! Still not sure what to do in life, I spent two years living out of a rucksack travelling the world, then decided that a return to the States would be the best option. I spent the next five years in Miami, South Florida where I dabbled in finance and finished as a teacher of Spanish at Stranahan High , an inner-city school in Fort Lauderdale. Met my wife and started a family (daughter Mia).  Returned to Huddersfield to train at Castle Hall, Mirfield to become qualified Language teacher. For the last three years I have been working as a Spanish/Italian/French teacher at Hornsea Language College. Still enjoy a spot of fishing, playing the guitar and nice long breaks in Spain.
DAVID GARY CROFT
(1968-1975)
Past Chairman of OAS on two separate occasions.
Head of survey department and director of Boultons Estate Agents.
Director and joint owner of Thorpe House Nursing Home, Almondbury.
Trustee of KJS Foundation (only recently!)
One daughter currently at the school (Year 7)
Two daughters are past pupils, Bethany is now doing a BSC in Psychiatric Nursing at Manchester University and Lucinda is reading Maths at York University.
GEOFFREY  DARBY
(1937-1943)
I left AGS in July 1943 and on August 12th started a new life as an apprentice with Huddersfield Corporation Waterworks Dept. I intended to become a civil engineer as Huddersfield corporation intended to design and build Digley Reservoir with direct labour.
I was based at Blackmoorfoot Reservoir, but by the summer of 1944 I was working with the Government, surveying and checking the construction of anti dive bomb nets around the reservoir. We had intended the ‘bouncing bomb’ to attack the German dams and had to prepare for retaliation. It was a good day to eventually watch a Lancaster Bomber check our work and give us the ‘thumbs up’. Then my call up papers arrived, conscripted as a bevin boy to work in the coal mines – demob No. 64. So December 1944 to January 1948 saw me at the coal face at Lepton Edge Colliery. After being keen on football in the AGS 1st Eleven, I had permission to work Friday day shift and go back in Friday night shift to have Saturday off for footballing. I trained with Huddersfield Town AFC but on May 14th 1947 I broke my leg playing and the Huddersfield Town trainer Bill Bott said I was slowing down going into a tackle, so I had to find another sport! Table tennis - private lessons in Leeds - up and down the country for competitions and reserve for Yorkshire. In 1948 my demob arrived – Digley Reservoir was going to a private company. So I moved to the electrical department and took higher national certificate and many endorsements for the institution of electrical engineers and my chartered engineer status. I then worked in Leeds for the Generating Board in the technical/protective gear/commissioning department and studied nuclear engineering at Leeds & Bradford – moved to Nottingham for commissioning tests on Willington & High Marnham Power Stations. Then followed a three year period at Harwell Nuclear Research and Dungeness ‘A’ Nuclear Power Station. Founder member of the British Nuclear Engineering Society. Finally I moved to Guildford in Surrey for the engineering projects required with the new 400kv transmission system. I retired in 1987 and moved back to ‘Yorkshire Roots’ with my wife Jean who I married in 1958. At Guildford I was sent on a three year management diploma course and became an active member of the British Institute of Management. This helped me to become chair for seven years of Bisley Parish Council, Chair of Surrey County Association and sit on the National Executive committee and the S.E. & London Sports Council under Roger Bannister. A relaxing part of all this work was for my wife and I to attend three Buckingham Palace Garden Parties and have a talk to some of our Royal Family.

We are now living in a flat, its not really ‘feet up’ time but out daily into the Dales or a peep at Huddersfield again.
GARETH LYNN DAVIES
(1954-1956)
Since leaving Almondbury I was educated in South Wales and Warwickshire, then Trinity College Cambridgeshire. I trained as a language teacher at Leeds University and taught French, Russian, German and Spanish in various secondary schools. At present I am tutoring adults in Welsh at a language centre and contemplating retirement.
BARRY DE BOER
(1953-1961)
BSc in Zoology at Sheffield University. Went into IT Project Management roles across Europe. Wrote book Project Skills  (Amazon). Formed own consultancy company in 2002.
KIM CHRISTOPHER DYSON
(1968-1975)
After early years commuting from Berkhamstead, Herts, to agency jobs around London, broken by a four year spell in Kingsberg, Norway, I moved to the United States in 1994. Now a permanent US resident, living in suburban Houston and working as a Structural and Marine specialist engineer on deep water oil and gas developments, primarily subsea structures. Will be celebrating silver wedding to Susan in July 2007. Daughter Emma, 21, is studying sonography and son Benjamin, 19, is studying pharmacy. I enjoy sailing in Galvestan Bay most weekends and am trying to explore further down the Gulf Coast when time and hurricane seasons allow.