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Who’s who: T-Z
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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DENIS  TAYLOR
(1956-1959)
I left school in 1959 following my family’s move to Halifax. I completed my education at the Crossley & Porter Boys’ Grammar School. Since then I have roamed around a good bit, including some years in the North of Scotland working in North Sea Oil. I returned to Halifax in 1980 and since then I have worked as a bus driver. I am now approaching retirement and have a host of memories to ‘keep me warm’. I do not think that my three years at King James’s Grammar School conferred any benefit on the school, although I remember the teachers and many school mates quite clearly. I don ’t suppose that anyone who remembers me will do so with much pleasure, none the less I regard my short time at the school as a privilege.
GORDON  TEAL
1936-1943)
1942-1945 – Leeds University (BSc Civil Engineering) 1946-1948 – Corps of Royal Engineers, commissioned service in 1. Waziristan (North West Frontier) attached Indian Army 2. Middle East Land Forces with construction unit in Eygpt (canal zone) or Cyrenaica (Libya) 1948 – Demobbed and engaged in construction of London airport. 1949 – Engineering assistant with Wakefield Corporation waterworks on construction of Baitings Dam. 1953 – Assistant Engineer, Manchester Corporation Waterworks on Construction of Bouland Forest Tunnel – Hawes Water Aqueduct Scheme 1958 – Chief Engineering Assistant to Consulting Engineers on construction of Selset Reservoir for Tees Valley Waterworks. 1960 – New works engineer, Leeds Corporation Waterworks. Resident engineer  Thruscross Dam. 1968 – Supply Engineer, Leeds Corporation. 1971 – Chief Engineering Assistant, Leeds Corporation 1974 – Contracts Engineer, Yorkshire Water 1983 – Retired. Married in 1949, 2 sons, 1 daughter. Member of Institution of Civil Engineers.
PETER  TRACEY
(1956-1963)
After 30 years teaching in the North East of England, I then moved to the Czech Republic to teach there for four years. Now back in Whitley Bay, spending retirement organising Northumberland Schools Football, helping a furniture charity, running several Rotary Club campaigns and playing golf.
DAVID  UTLEY
(1940-1945)
My wife and I returned to Weston-super-Mare in March 2006, where we have lived with our family for nearly 30 years. In 1992 we had returned to Almondbury and enjoyed re-visiting familiar places and discovering new ones. We also enjoyed the company of old friends and relatives. For various reasons we decided to move back to Weston and now live close to local amenities with easy access to places of interest and also about two hours to the Devon or Dorset coast. We miss our friends and relatives, Yorkshire, The village, I also miss watching live rugby league.
WILLIAM B VARLEY
(1935-1940)
In 1942 volunteered for Royal Engineers in the Army. In 1943 first convoy through the med to India to be with Indian troops, in Engineer Battalion with Sikh C.O. Landed in Bombay, by rail to Mhow in Punjab. Went into Burma – Ramree. Went into Indonesia, Java then back to Singapore. Back to England in Brittania to get BSc Tech at university. Specialised as Sewerage Engineer and moved around, eventually Assistant Chief Civil Engineer in Sheffield. Next to Severn Trent Water for two years. Took early retirement in 1980. Now aged 84 in 2007. Married in 1950, looking forward to 60 years in 2010.
MARK ANDREW WARING
(1977-1982)
After school studied Chemistry at Newcastle. After graduating with a PhD worked in Canterbury at UKC. Met my partner Rachel at UKC. Moved to Cardiff in 1990 to work in radioactive manufacturing, I am still there although we are now part of G.E. Healthcare. I played football and cricket until the legs gave up. Now concentrate on golf and hope to get to the Gothard Cup one day. Lucky enough to see Town at the Millenium Stadium along with Almondburians Ian Daffern and Chris Dennis.
JOHN GEOFFREY WATTS
(1948-1953)
I could not wait to leave school in September 1953 and rushed out into the world with my three GCEs but without an idea in my head as to what my future direction would be. In common with many of my contemporaries I became apprenticed as a fitter at William Whiteley in Swan Lane, Lockwood. At this firm I did all the things that apprentices did, swept floors, made tea, fetched and carried sandwiches, chips and cigarettes, occasionally fitting in a little fitter’s work. The princely wages that I earned at this job were not enough to keep me in any style at all and certainly not one to which I wanted to become accustomed. Following the advice of Ian Tunnicliffe I changed jobs and went to work at Washpit Mills in Holmfirth. Here I would learn a skill that in later life would enable me to recognise all the locations in Last of the Summer Wine and little else. Now a definite uplift in my life came when the Queen changed my life and invited me to join her Royal Air Force. First as a National Serviceman and later extending my service as a regular. During my time with the ‘mob’ I served in many stations in the UK, Aden, Germany, Cyprus and the Far East. Along the way I collected a wife, two sons and a daughter and we left the RAF in 1973 to live and work in Stockport for a firm of engineers. Unfortunately I was released for alternative employment in 1989 (made redundant) and became a Technical Author at Vickers Shipbuilding in Barrow-in-Furness. The work involved writing the instruction manuals and other technical documentation that are needed by crews and maintainers of the Royal Navy’s nuclear submarine fleet. One catchy title that comes to mind is   The Maceration, Compaction and Ejection of Submarine Garbage, certainly a must for anybody’s bookshelf. Anyway as I became more senior in the job the common business practice of holding interminable meetings at which much was discussed but little decided led me to accept a voluntary redundancy package in 1993 and retire on my laurels. So now I have come full circle. Out in the world without an idea in my head as to what my future direction will be. I currently keep an interest in local history and affairs having published books on Vickers Built Submarines and Barrow Pubs. I delve into Family History and to be honest I do not know how I used to find time to go to work. I find it curious that having disliked my time at Almondbury Grammar School so much I am eager to meet again my former fellow internees at the 400th Anniversary Dinner. Floreat Schola Almondburiensis to you all.
CHRIS  WEST
(1960-1966)
I spent 2 years working in an architects office in Huddersfield, whilst doing A levels at ‘Tech’. 1968-1973 Leicester School of Art & Architecture. 1974 Registered Architect. Married Sandra July 1971 who taught languages at KGS late 70 ’s early 80’s. We have two sons, Jonathan and Gregory. Worked in Leeds since 1978, now director, looking after the Leeds office of a national architectural practice, JM Architects. Lived in Slaithwaite for the last 30 years.
IAIN  WILSON
(1972-1977)
Leaving KJGS I started a son-follows-father apprenticeship at David Browns Gears Lockwood. Destiny was to provide an opportunity to continue engineering with the Royal Air Force where I served for 23 years within Engineering and Education Branches. During this time I married my best friend Edwina and we have nurtured a smashing son, Nathan, now 18. I met up with other Old Almondburians during my service, John Anderson (he was ‘A’; I was ‘Alpha’ at school) and Craig Bones who was at KJGS as it turned into a College and moved up into the middle school. I left The Royal Air Force to work as head of Learning and Development for a large food manufacturer in East Anglia leaving there in 2007. Since then and to date I work within my own Company - Cascade Learning & Development Ltd - running team and leadership development solutions throughout Great Britain.
RONALD COURTLEY YOUNG
(1939-1945)
1946-1947 Student Medical Laboratory Technician, Leeds Maternity Hospital
1947-1949 Medical Branch Royal Navy
1949-1952 Medical Laboratory Technician, Leeds Maternity Hospital
1952-1955 Chief Laboratory Technician, East African Medical Survey and Filarias B Research Unit, Mwanza, Tanganyika
1955-1968 Medical Representative, South Yorkshire
1968-1970 Export Manager Burroughs Wellcome based at Crewe
1970-1973 Marketing Manager Burroughs Wellcome (South Africa) based at Johannesburg
1973-1988 General Manager, Burroughs Wellcome (Indonesia)   President Director, P.T. Wellsome (Indonesia)
1988 to date  Retired and living in Norfolk